The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (2022)

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With more and more brands making the same boot model in both a men’s and women’s fit, we’ve combined them all here for easy access. Flex and fit may change between the gendered models, but the technology remains the same. The most important thing is to get a boot that fits your foot and ski style. The higher the flex, the stiffer the boot. LV stands for low volume, while MV and HV are mid- and high-volume boots. The last is measured by the width of your forefoot. Have more questions? Do what we do: Go see your local boot fitter. Looking for backcountry touring-specific boots? You’ll find all of those here.

Tecnica Cochise

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (1)

Buy now: $900
Men’s flex: 130, 120, 100
Women’s flex: 120
Last: 99mm
Volume: LV

The new generation of the Cochise is practically perfect for freeride skiers who want one boot for the resort, day trips in the backcountry, and everywhere in between. With a unique locking ski/walk switch and stable PU shell, the boot is extremely trustworthy in tight, technical terrain and offers efficient power transmission on firm snow and variable conditions. A 50-degree range of motion and GripWalk make going uphill—in the bootpack, skin track, and beyond—as comfortable as it can get. Read our extended review here.

K2 Mindbender

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (2)

Buy now: $850 (130); $750 (110)
Men’s flex: 130, 120, 100
Women’s flex: 110, 90
Last: 98mm
Volume: LV

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The Mindbender’s recipe of lighter, more flexible material above the foot with stiff, dense material cradling the heel, arch, and lower calf was concocted for strong skiing and comfortable hiking. The fully heat-moldable ski boot accommodates a variety of foot shapes after a simple easy-bake process. With a Pebax cuff, the Mindbender isn’t terribly heavy either, making it ideal for backcountry missions and full days lapping the chair. Read our extended review here.

Lange XT3

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (3)

Buy now: $900 (XT3 130); $800 (XT3 110W)
Men’s flex: 140, 130, 120, 110
Women’s flex: 110, 90, 80
Last/volume: 97mm (LV), 100mm (MV)

Last season’s Gear of the Year winner returns unchanged for this season because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Lange’s polyurethane Dual Core shell provides a high level of power transmission from leg to ski, but is still lightweight enough that you could be fooled into thinking the XT3 is a backcountry-specific boot. Instead, it’s the whole package for resort skiers who like having a walk mode and expert skiers looking for one boot to seamlessly move beyond the gates and back again.

Fischer Ranger

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (4)

$850 (130), $750 (120, 115)
Men’s flex: 130, 120
Women’s flex: 115
Last: 99mm
Volume: MV

While most ski boots with walk modes put the ski/walk mechanism on the exterior of the boot, Fischer puts it inside the shell of the Ranger. A neat switch located under the top buckle locks or releases the cuff to make walking and touring more comfortable, as does Fischer’s use of lightweight Grilamid. This boot’s slick look is only bested by the Ranger’s strong downhill performance, which is on par with many of the brand’s alpine-specific, non-walk-mode boots.

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Dalbello Krypton 130 T.I. ID/Chakra Elevate 115 T.I. ID

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (5)

Buy now: $950
Men’s Flex: 130
Women’s flex: 115
Last: 98mm
Volume: LV

There is no walk mode, but the new Krypton 130 and Chakra 115 have tech inserts and GripWalk. So, while you can tour in them, these freeride-specific ski boots are beefy and primarily designed to be as sturdy as possible for charging hard inbounds. They are also ideal for getting to your ski resort’s hike-to terrain quickly, or for firing off Hollywood hot laps under the chair. The full polyurethane shell and cuff indicate that these are some burly Cabrio boots, but the wrap ID liner with My Fit means they are still plenty comfortable.

Roxa R3 TI/R3W TI

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (6)

Buy now: $950 (120), $750 (105)
Men’s flex: 130, 120, 110
Women’s flex: 105, 95
Last: 99mm
Volume: MV

One of the biggest drawbacks to Cabrio boots when going uphill is that the tongue needs to be removed. Roxa fixes this with a purpose-built two-piece split tongue on the Freetour model that makes going uphill more comfortable but doesn’t sacrifice downhill performance. Add in an Intuition liner, a Vibram rockered sole, an innovative heel lock, and a slew of customization features, and the R3 TI and R3W TI are great options for skiers who want a Cabrio boot that can do it all.

Head Formula

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (7)

Buy now: $875 (130), $800 (105 W)
Men’s flex: 130, 120, 110, 100
Women’s flexes: 105, 95, 85
Last: 100mm
Volume: MV

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Head’s all-new Formula—and lower-volume Formula RS—mate the performance features of the Raptor World Cup race boots with the comfort features of the EDGE LYT boots. The result is an absolutely amazing high-performance resort boot. The LiquidFit liner and extended toe box actively work together to reduce foot strain and improve balance in an athletic stance, while the polyurethane shell provides a progressive, smooth flex. Altogether, this boot serves up comfort and performance all day, every day.

Nordica SpeedMachine 3.0

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (8)

Buy now: $850 (130 S), $750 (115)
Men’s flex: 130 S, 120
Women’s flex: 115, 105
Last: 100mm
Volume: MV

The third generation of the SpeedMachine line sees Nordica officially entering the world of lightweight boots by using lower-density plastics in key parts of the boot, and heavier, denser PU materials where performance counts. Combined with additional materials in key locations on the liner, the SpeedMachine offers up a lighter, less-taxing ski boot with a more progressive flex than previous generations. But the best thing about this new boot is a host of easy customization features that improve fit without sacrificing durability and performance.

Atomic Hawx Ultra

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (9)

Buy now: $850 (130), $725 (115 W)
Men’s flex: 130 S, 120, 110, 100, 70
Women’s flex: 115, 95, 85
Last: 98mm
Volume: LV

The revamped Hawx Ultra boot uses a new Prolite construction to increase stability while keeping the boot lightweight and easy to customize. The added stability comes from the reinforced power zones that cradle the foot and the back of the lower leg, which is where the majority of power comes from to drive skis. The fully heat-moldable liner is also designed for maximum power transfer, and the easy-bake customization can be performed multiple times, just in case your boot fitter doesn’t get it quite right the first time.

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Rossignol AllTrack

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (10)

Buy now: $700 (130)
Men’s Flex: 130, 110, 90
Women’s Flex: 80, 70
Last: 102mm
Volume: HV

The high-volume AllTrack line gets a fresh new set of colors this season but keeps the same reliable performance. Built with Rossi’s Generative Design Grid, which reduces the amount of shell material without sacrificing performance, these lightweight puppies are easy to ski in all day and still stay comfy while bar-hopping for après. The warm Thinsulate liner and walk mode ensure that hikes to bigger inbounds objectives are easy on your feet, even if not on your lungs.

Full Tilt First Chair

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (11)

Buy now: $850 (130)
Flex: 130, 120, 100
Last: 99mm
Volume: lV

Bigger, stronger skiers rejoiced last season when Full Tilt released its stiffest tongue yet with the First Chair 130. The extra-stiff Grilamid flexon tongue paired with a solid TPU shell means that skiers can get that unmatchable Flexon feel without it being overly soft. Full Tilt still makes softer shell tongues for other First Chair flexes that are now easier to identify with the standard flex ratings. An Intuition Pro liner works seamlessly with the shell to optimize comfort and performance.

Salomon S/Pro

The Best New Ski Boots of 2022 (12)

Buy now: $800 (120), $725 (100 W)
Men’s flex: 130, 120, 100, 90
Women’s Flex: 100, 90, 80
Last: 100mm
Volume: MV

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The best-selling ski boot in North America gets more sustainable this year with the addition of TALYN, a thermoformable and recycled fabric incorporated into the ankle area of the liner. This is a key part of Salomon’s “My Custom Fit 4D” system, which is designed for great out-of-the-box fit and quick customization. The boot’s skiing performance remains as reliable as ever thanks to a well-built shell that is reinforced under the foot and behind the lower leg.

Looking for last year’s models? All of our editor’s picks are still solid. Check out the 2021 boots here.

FAQs

Is it worth it to buy new ski boots? ›

Should you buy or rent ski boots? For boots the position is much more clear cut than skis – basically, you almost certainly should buy your own boots once you've established that you enjoy skiing and will want to go again! The fundamental reason for this is the importance of getting a well fitting pair of ski boots.

Is it better to have ski boots tight or loose? ›

Ski boots should be as tight fitting as possible. You need minimal foot movement inside the boot. If your boot moves with your foot, your ski will move with your boot and in turn your foot. Allowing you to exert maximum control over your skis.

Should I be able to wiggle my toes in a ski boot? ›

The boot liner should engulf your whole foot and feel like a snug-fitting glove,” says Tischendorf. But what, exactly, does “snug” feel like? “With an ideal fit, I want people to be able to wiggle their toes still. You shouldn't be able to curl your toes, but you should have some toe movement.

What ski boots are the warmest? ›

Dalbello Panterra 130 ID GW

The soft liner detracts from the performance but makes this the warmest boot we tested. The variable last width from 100 to 102 millimeters makes this boot great for those with a wider or higher volume foot.

How many days should ski boots last? ›

Manufacturers say that boots should last about 200 skier days, though ski boot liners tend to pack out well before then, even before the shell begins to lose its integrity. So while you may have only put in around 90 ski days on your boots, it's probably time to upgrade at least the liner, if not the whole boot.

How much should you spend on ski boots? ›

A beginner pair of brand new ski boots will start at about $200 on the lower end. Expert boots can easily be $500+. Ski boots are the most important thing to get right. If there's any piece of gear that you do not want to skimp on, it's your boots.

Do new ski boots make a difference? ›

The higher the number, the stiffer the boot and (typically) the better it is for more advanced skiers who want greater responsiveness. Entry-level boots generally come with flexes of 100 and below, making them more forgiving for new skiers. But which flex works best for which level of skier isn't set in stone.

How much heel lift is acceptable in ski boots? ›

If you have more than 2cm (a little less than an inch) behind your heel your ski boots are too big. If you have 1.5 - 2cm of space behind your heel it's the right size.

Do you size up or down for ski boots? ›

Pro Tip: Size up or down based on your true shoe size depending on your ability level. If you're a beginner, size up for even more of a comfort fit. The more experience you have, the tighter you'll likely want to keep your boot, so you can always size down as you get more comfortable skiing.

Why are my ski boots so painful? ›

There are five common causes of ski boot pain and discomfort: wrong size, bad fit, wrong flex, bad buckle habits, and issues with your socks. We know that some of these may not sound like they can cause your feet such pain, but trust us on this.

Should my feet go numb in ski boots? ›

If you are skiing and you feel that your foot is going numb, it is imperative that you stop and take your foot out of the boot to allow the feeling to come back. If the boot continues to cause numbness make sure you visit a specialist ski boot fitter before you cause any long-term damage to the nerves.

Why do my toes freeze in ski boots? ›

Too many layers of socks would lead to tighter boots which in its turn leads to cold toes. But this is not the whole truth; cold feet could also mean that your boots are too big”. He adds: “If your boots are too big you will keep pinching your toes and tightening your feet and thereby hampering the blood circulation.

What are the best ski boots for comfort? ›

Best Ski Boots – Top 10 Picks
  • Lange LX 120 Ski Boots.
  • Nordica Sportmachine 65.
  • Scott Freeguide Carbon.
  • Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 Tech GW.
  • K2 Recon 120.
  • Tecnica Mach1 MV 130.
  • Salomon Shift Pro.
  • Atomic Hawx Prime 110 S GW.

Is higher flex better ski boots? ›

Skiers who want more performance will look for a higher flex rating, which indicates more power and precision underfoot. On the other hand, a beginner skier will have more fun at lower speeds with soft, comfortable boots with a lower flex rating.

Where should my weight be when I ski? ›

Stay centred on your skis

The bindings on the skis are usually set a bit back from the middle, so you need to lean forward to get your weight to the middle of the ski, pushing with your shins on the front of the ski boots, this position lets you transmits your inputs to the ski much better.

Why is a stiff ski boot better? ›

STIFF FLEX

A stiffer flex is desirable for the more aggressive skier as energy transfer from leg-to-boot-to ski as well as the rebound will occur more efficiently. Boots with a stiffer flex are designed to deliver maximum speed and responsiveness.

Should you double ski socks? ›

Wear Only One Pair Socks

Wearing two pairs of ski socks will reduce the breathability of both, resulting in sweaty (and cold) feet. Also, double socks tend to bunch within your boot, which can cause distracting pain and irritation.

Can I use 20 year old ski boots? ›

Bindings more than twenty years old are most probably obsolete by design, and should be retired, regardless of condition. Boots more than eighteen years old may not meet current standards for sole shape and slipperiness and are probably worn out by this time anyway.

Do you need new ski socks every day? ›

The feet are wet

When we're in cold conditions this moisture can then lead to cold feet. This is why we always advise that you wear clean socks each day.

Do ski boots get less stiff over time? ›

Non-custom boots pack out very quickly, and will become much looser after just a few days of skiing. Therefore, they need to be very snug at first. Even though each level of skier needs a snug fit, there are a few different things each needs: Beginner skiers needs a soft flexing ski boot.

How many weeks do ski boots last? ›

The answer is 75-200 days depending on the quality of your boots if you're skiing regularly. But it's not just about how often they're worn, it's the age overall, so 6 – 8 years seems to be a better rule of thumb. Plastics get stiffer and brittle with age.

Should you buy ski clothes a size bigger? ›

For the waist size, we would say that you should be moving one size up for your ski pants compared to your usual trousers. This is to ensure that they are not too tightly-fitted so as to not hinder your mobility or comfort.

How tight should new boots be? ›

How are boots supposed to fit? Boots should not be too loose or too tight on your foot. The best fit should be snug (but not tight) around the whole of your foot, with enough room to move your toes and a maximum of a quarter to a half-inch of slippage at the heel.

Are wider skis easier to turn? ›

Ski Categories Defined

Wide skis, on the other hand, have more surface area and therefore provide more flotation (think snowshoes as an example). This means that they perform great in powder, but take more effort to turn and are harder to control and sloppier on groomers.

Should your heel move in ski boots? ›

You don't want to feel your heel or foot sliding at all inside, you should only be able to move your toes. The rest of your foot should be snugly fitted. Loose-fitting boots can also rub and cause blisters. You're more likely to cause issues by having the boot too loose than too tight.

Should you adjust bindings for new ski boots? ›

If you buy new boots and want to use them with your old skis, you'll need to have your bindings adjusted to accommodate the new boot sole length and tested by a shop tech. Buying the same Mondopoint size does not guarantee that the boot sole length (BSL) will remain the same.

Why do my ankles hurt in ski boots? ›

Ski boots that are too soft or too stiff for your ankle strength and skill cause dysfunctional ankle movement, resulting in pain. If your ski boots don't fit correctly, your foot may literally bounce around inside your boot, referred to as ankle and heel slop.

What happens if ski boots are too big? ›

It can feel like someone's taken a hammer to your ankle after a day of sliding. The same can happen with sore toes – the foot sliding back and forth can cause bruised toes and lost nails all because the foot is hitting the end. But one of the most painful signs of a boot that's too big is pain at the top of the shins.

How do you choose ski boot stiffness? ›

How to choose the right flex
  1. Flex from 60 to 90: beginner or occasional skier, recreational skier.
  2. Flex from 90 to 110: skis regularly and has a good ability level.
  3. Flex from 110 to 120: expert skier with a very high ability level.
  4. 130 and over: competitive skier.

Is 130 flex too stiff? ›

Flex in ski boots refers to how difficult it is to flex the boot forward. Boot flex ranges from very soft to race stiffness, indicated by a numeric “flex index” that's usually a number from 50 (soft) to 130 (very stiff). Often this number is written on the outside of the boot cuff.

How tight should ski socks be? ›

Ski Sock Fit and Length

The basics: Ski and snowboard socks should fit snugly, especially in the foot. This will prevent the sock from moving around or bunching up, which can lead to blisters. They shouldn't fit too tightly, though—you want to have enough room to wiggle your toes and flex your foot.

Are ski socks meant to be tight? ›

When buying ski socks, it's all about the snug fit. They shouldn't be loose whatsoever, but it goes without saying that they shouldn't be too tight, either. Make sure they're fitted to keep the cold air out and your toes nice and comfy, but don't go cutting off your circulation.

What is ski boot syndrome? ›

Abstract. The extensor tendons and peroneal nerve can be compressed at the ankle by the tongue of the ski boot. The resulting neuritis and synovitis may be severe enough to mimick an anterior compartment syndrome. Treatment consists of conservative methods but the paresthesiae may remain for long periods of time.

How do you make your feet not hurt in ski boots? ›

The ideal fit should be snug. Your heels should fit snugly in place without sliding around, and your toes need to have room to move. You should also be able to wear ski socks in your boots, and ski socks tend to be rather thick for cushioning and warmth.

How do I stop my feet from hurting when skiing? ›

Summary of How to Eliminate Arch Pain in Flat Footed Skiers
  1. Strengthen the intrinsic muscles of your feet.
  2. Wear custom ski orthotics designed specifically to support flat feet.
  3. Wear custom orthotics for flat feet in your shoes every day.
  4. Ensure your boots are not too narrow.

How do I increase circulation in my ski boots? ›

Ski boot insoles are really important at stabilising the whole foot and improving circulation to the toes. Sock choice is very important and makes a huge difference. Good ski socks are made of materials such as merino wool which breathe well and wick moisture away from the foot.

Should ski boots be heavy or light? ›

In general, the stiffer and heavier the boot the better for skiing downhill, the lighter and more flexible the boot the better for climbing uphill. The stiffness of a boot will also feel different depending on how much you weigh.

Should you lean forward on skis? ›

A Small Skiing Myth

A small myth with skiing is that you have to lean forwards as much as you can, this is not true as just explained. You only need to lean forwards enough to put your centre of gravity over the middle of the ski.

Should ski boots be stored buckled or unbuckled? ›

Make sure you always re-buckle your boots

This is very important, specifically around the cuff, so that the boot keeps its shape. If you leave the boots unbuckled, the cuff will start to straighten making it increasingly hard for it to wrap again.

Should your ankle move in ski boots? ›

You shouldn't be able to curl your toes, but you should have some toe movement. There should be no movement at all through the mid-foot or ankle. Know that the boot is going to be at its tightest when trying it on in the store, and it's going to become more spacious over time.

Should you be able to wiggle your toes in ski boots? ›

You shouldn't be able to wiggle your toes much — once you flex forward in a ski stance you'll have more room. When you flex forward into a ski stance, you'll feel your toes pull slightly away from the front of the boot. You shouldn't feel any pressure points.

When should you wax your skis? ›

Wax your skis/board every 4-6 days. Another barometer: If you wax at home, you should be ironing in about four bars, or a kilo of wax, per ski season.

How do I choose a ski boot? ›

Pay attention to the width of the boot as well, and choose one that offers a snug fit if possible. Advanced/Expert Skiers normally choose a shell size 1/2 to a full size smaller than their indicated size for a super precise and responsive fit, and a stiff or very stiff flex.

How do I choose a pair of ski boots? ›

Before trying boots on, you should have an idea of the general shape of your foot, the length and width of your foot, your skiing ability, and the application of the boot. With this information, you can look for a boot in the correct size, last width, and with an appropriate flex rating for your ability or preference.

How much should I spend on ski boots beginner? ›

A beginner pair of brand new ski boots will start at about $200 on the lower end. Expert boots can easily be $500+. Ski boots are the most important thing to get right. If there's any piece of gear that you do not want to skimp on, it's your boots.

Do boots matter for skiing? ›

Ski boots are the key link between your body and your skis, so finding boots well-matched to the size and shape of your feet is a high priority.

How long are ski boots good for? ›

Ski boot technology may not change as fast as ski technology, but ski boots do have a shelf life. Manufacturers say that boots should last about 200 skier days, though ski boot liners tend to pack out well before then, even before the shell begins to lose its integrity.

How stiff Should your ski boots be? ›

Typically the softest-flexing quality boot for men is about a 90 flex and for women is 75 to 80. Intermediate skiers require a slightly stiffer boot to transfer energy quickly from the boot to the ski, but still soft enough to allow them some forward flex. Often the flex for guys will be 100 to 110 and women 80 to 90.

What is the most popular brand of skis? ›

The Best Ski Brands For 2022-2023
  • Head Skis.
  • K2 Skis.
  • Line Skis.
  • Black Crows.
  • Black Diamond.
  • Faction Skis.
  • Atomic.
  • ATK Bindings.
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How much are a decent pair of skis and boots? ›

A new set of skis can cost anywhere from $400 to $1000. Unfortunately, you need the boots and bindings too if your skis are going to serve you at all. These add on yet another costly purchase. The total price for a ski setup can range from $600 to $1500.

Where should weight be in feet when skiing? ›

Ideally you should feel that your body weight is spread over the full length of your feet or gently on the balls of your feet. The problem comes when you turn down a steeper hill. The skis speed up and often they slide out from underneath you and you 'sit back'.

What ski should your weight be on? ›

Generally your weight should always be put on the outside ski in a turn, or the downhill ski as you go across the slope.

Why are shorter skis better for beginners? ›

As a rule of thumb, beginner-level skiers should ride a ski no longer than the top of their chests. Shorter and softer flexing skis are easier to control, making turning easier and gaining speed less intimidating. The length and waist width of your skis determines how much surface area your ski is touching on the snow.

Should I tuck my pants into my ski boots? ›

1. DO NOT TUCK PANTS INTO SKI BOOTS. This should not be mistaken with snowboarders that get the bottom of their pants stuck between the back of their boot and the inside of their hi-back. This is not great but it is forgivable.

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