Best Overall Women's Ski Boots
Tecnica Mach1 105 MV - Women's
The Tecnica Mach 1 105
left the competition in the dust in the performance department, outshining all the models in this review. Our advanced to expert skiers think this is the most responsive, fun-to-ski boot, blowing away the long-entrenched former Editors' Choice Award winner, the Lange RX 110 LV
, bumping it from the top spot. The Mach 1's liner is perfectly matched to its shell and there is almost instant energy transfer from the skier's foot to the boot to the ski. We had the confidence to take this boot all over the mountain, from the steeps to the crud, right out of the box. The testers with lower, muscular calves found the Mach 1 tight up top and had to keep the top buckles loose, but with a good boot fitter this problem can be resolved, and we hardly noticed it once we got going. The Mach 1 is roomy and comfortable, and our testers could wear it all day. It has a cushy, warm liner, keeping toes toasty.
Best Bang for the Buck
Dalbello Kyra 95 ID - Women's
One of our testers refers to the Dalbello Kyra 95 IDs as her "old friends"
because they're so comfortable and easy to ski. They win our Best Buy Award for their great value. This is the perfect boot for an intermediate skier who wants to transition from a relaxed, soft boot to a more advanced, stiffer boot. The Kyra has an adjustable flex, so when you think you're ready for a more responsive boot, crank it up to hard and you're ready to go. The Kyra's shells have been pre-punched out in all the important spaces to add room for common pressure points. Dalbello gives the ID model added value with a warm, custom moldable Intuition liner. The Kyras control fat skis well and all of our testers agreed that there was little heel lift in this boot. These versatile, warm, and relatively high-performing boots retail at only $499.99.
Top Pick for Lightweight, High-Performance Boot
Atomic Hawx Ultra 110 - Women's
Great heel hold
Flex will bottom out for heavier skiers
Uncomfortable pressure points
We could not believe how light the Atomic Hawx Ultra 110
is when we picked it up for the first time! The Hawx is a great choice for a ripper female skier on the lighter side who wants to be able to drive her skis with authority. Weighing 6lbs 8.9oz, the Hawxs are 1.5 pounds lighter than any other boot tested. Atomic has made this pair performance-oriented as well, and the Hawxs are responsive and so light you can hop turn your way down the mountain. These are a fun, easy boot to ski, and the Hawx's shell has an acute angle at the ankle that locks your heel down. Our testers who were heavier and like to throw their weight around more and pressure the front of their boots found driving the Hawx a little more disconcerting and thought the flex was too soft. However, they agree they are a fun boot, and we recommend them to our friends in the featherweight category.