The Best Ski Boots for Women Review

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Our Award winners left to right, the Best Buy Dalbello Kyra 95, Top Pick for performance the Lange RX 100 LV and our Editors Choice Award winner the Salomon X-Pro 90.
Credit: Jessica Haist
What is the best women's all-mountain ski boot? We spent a winter testing six top-of-the-line boots on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California to find out. We skied hundreds of runs in a variety of conditions, looking for the boot that does it all. We enlisted a group of dedicated skier ladies for a day of back-to-back round-robin testing of all the boots, and polled them to see what they thought. We evaluated theses boots on comfort and fit, downhill ski performance, features, durability and warmth. For more on our testing process check out our How We Test article.

What we discovered is that there is a boot out there for everyone. Whether you're looking for a low-volume race boot or a comfy all day cruiser, you will find it here. To learn more about how to select the right model for you, check out our Buying Advice article.

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Review by: ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab

Top Ranked Ski Boots - Women's Displaying 1 - 5 of 6 << Previous | View All | Next >>
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Salomon X-Pro 90 - Women's
Salomon X-Pro 90 - Women's
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Lange RX 100 LV - Women's
Lange RX 100 LV - Women's
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Dalbello Kyra 95 ID
Dalbello Kyra 95 ID
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Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110 - Women's
Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110 - Women's
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Tecnica Cochise 105 - Women's
Tecnica Cochise 105 - Women's
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Pros Comfortable, good performance, many custom features makes for a versatile fitGreat performance, very responsiveComfortable, customizable features, Intuition linerGood looks, warm, ski wellGreat walk mode, tech compatible soles
Cons Puts some skiers in the backseatLow volume version uncomfortableSome heel lift, tight toe box for 102 lastFit large, not durableUncomfortable, unresponsive
Best Uses Advanced to expert skiers with medium volume feetHigh performance boot for an aggressive skier with narrow feetGreat boot for intermediate skier transitioning to a more advanced level bootAll day cruising at the resort, intermediate to advanced skiers with wide feetAdvanced skiers who want to do a lot of in-bounds walking/hiking.
Date Reviewed Mar 18, 2014Mar 18, 2014Mar 18, 2014Mar 18, 2014Mar 18, 2014
Weighted Scores Salomon X-Pro 90 - Women's Lange RX 100 LV - Women's Dalbello Kyra 95 ID Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110 - Women's Tecnica Cochise 105 - Women's
Comfort - 30%
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Performance - 40%
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Product Specs Salomon X-Pro 90 - Women's Lange RX 100 LV - Women's Dalbello Kyra 95 ID Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110 - Women's Tecnica Cochise 105 - Women's
Weight 8lbs 4oz 8lbs 12.4oz 8lbs 6.4oz 8lbs 14.2oz 8lbs 7.4oz
Last Width 100-106 97 & 100 102 100 98
Available Flexes 70, 80, 90 100, 90 & 80, LV 100 & 80 I.D. 95, (Kyra 75, 85, 95) 80, Alltrack (not pro in 70, 80, 90) 105, 90
Shell Material Bi-Material PU (Heat Moldable Shell) ET/PU PE/PU/PA PE/PU Triax
Number of Buckles 4 4 3 4 3 + buckle powerstrap
Buckles Microadjustable? yes - all yes Yes Yes yes
Liner Material Custom Shell 360 Thermo Fit, RL3, W's, Max Warm Inside, Thinsulate I.D. Thermo Intuition Liners Thermo Optisensor 3D T1, Total Thinsulate Insulation QuadraFit, Hand-stitched liner with faux-fur lining and neoprene toebox
Liner Thermo-moldable? Yes yes Yes Yes yes, heat moldable from own body heat?
Binding Compatibility DIN, Alpine DIN, Alpine DIN, Alpine DIN, Alpine DIN, Alpine, Can purchase tech binding compatable soles
Walk Mode? No no Yes Yes Yes
Skier level recommended Adv-Pro Experts Int-Adv Adv-Expert Advanced
Stars 5 5 5 4 4

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Selecting the Right Product
Ski boots are the most important piece of gear in your downhill ski set-up, and they require the most money, patience, and knowledge to select. Selecting a pair that is right for you could mean a world of difference to your skiing. If you get a boot that doesn't fit properly or is too stiff, it could actually make you a worse skier. But find one that fits like a glove and allows you to control your skis, and you will be amazed at how it improves your skiing. The right selection will come from considering a combination of factors, including your skiing ability, the terrain you like to ski, as well as your foot and calf shape.

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We rounded up a crew of dedicated skier ladies and spent a day round-robin testing each of the boots, and discovered that there is a boot out there for everyone.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Types of Downhill Boots
The women's boots we tested all fall into the "all-mountain" category of ski boots. All-mountain downhill boots are the jack-of-all-trades models. They let you go anywhere and do anything at the resort, from skiing the corduroy groomers to big powder days and off-piste runs through your favorite stash. All-mountain boots are not going to be the best boot if you're looking to jib and jump in the park or whack gates in races all day. Race boots and freestyle boots are in a different category. To find out more about boots for specific uses, check out our Buying Advice article.

Criteria For Evaluation

Comfort and Fit
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The Salomon X-Pro 90 and the Dalbello Kyra 95's were some of the most comfortable boots we tested and both have very customizable heat-moldable liners.
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Fit is one of the most important factors when choosing a ski boot. If you have a boot that fits you well, it will also be comfortable. The shape of your foot will determine which boot will fit better than others. If you have a wide foot, you should look for a boot with a medium to wide last (100-106 mm) like the Dalbello Kyra. If you have narrow feet, look for a low volume boot like the Lange RX-LV. Because everyone's feet are different, we tried to look objectively at the different fit characteristics of each boot. How adjustable are the boots? Features like micro-adjustable buckles and heat-moldable liners help to make a boot more customizable for a better overall fit.

All that being said, some boots are inherently more comfortable than others, and some fit better than others. We really like the fit of the Dalbello Kyra 95 ID. The Intuition liners hug the ankles and forefeet, and they are soft and cushy. Our testers with wider feet like the Rossignol All-Track Pro because it has a lot of room in the forefoot and a soft faux-fur lining. Our testers agree that the Salomon X-Pro 90 - Women's fits like a glove, and love the soft micro-fleece lining.

Downhill Ski Performance
The process of turning your skis starts in your brain, which triggers your legs, which instruct your boots and finally move your skis. Having a high performance ski boot can help speed up this process. Depending on your skiing ability, you may want a boot that is more or less aggressive and therefore performs differently. Advanced to expert skiers look for a boot with a tighter fit so their foot does not move around at all inside, and they prefer a stiffer flex so that their movements are more immediately transferred from the boot to the ski. Your weight will also affect your ability to drive a stiffer boot, if you're on the lighter side you may want a softer boot. The boots we tested are all in the 90 to 110 flex range, which is more suited for advanced to expert level skiiers. If you are a beginner or intermediate level skier you will want a boot that is not as stiff, and will allow you to control and stay on top of your skis with greater ease although they may not be as responsive. All of the models we tested are available in softer flexes for more intermediate skiers.

When scoring for this category, we looked for boots that we could drive easily, that were responsive with predictable flex, without throwing us in the "backseat" where we had less control. We tried all the boots on different types of skis, from skinny carving skis to fat rockered skis, to see if they could control the gambit. We skied them on and off-piste to test their performance on varied terrain and in all types of snow.

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The X-Pro 90's are truly a ski boot for a pro. We recommend these boots for advanced to expert skiers who want to go anywhere on the mountain, and are ok with being in the driver's seat.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Testers unanimously agreed that the Lange RX 100 LV - Women's is the highest performing, most responsive boot we tested. We love carving tight turns, bumping over moguls, and skiing off-piste in these boots. The Lange RX's are also the lowest-volume, tightest fitting boots which would often cut off circulation to toes, so they are not the boot for people with constantly frozen toes. We are disappointed in the Nordica Hell and Back H1s because they have a lot of extra room in the heel, making it hard to control the boot, and their cuffs are so stiff it is easy to get thrown in the backseat.

Features
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We think the Technica Cochise has the best walk/hike mode making it a decent choice for a "side country" boot.
Credit: Mike Phillips
Most of the all-mountain boots we tested had features that made them stand out. We looked at what features the boots have, and how well these features work. The first task was to determine what is just flashy marketing and what features were actually useful. The most notable features we discovered were walk/hike modes, customizable liners, micro-adjustable buckles and other features that tweak size and performance such as flex adjustments, cuff size modification capability, and heel lift and canting alterations. To get the most out of the features your boots have to offer, it is a good idea to see an experienced boot fitter. All of the boots we tested are women's specific and were therefore made to work better for women's feet, calves, and their skiing abilities.

We think the Tecnica Cochise 105 - Women's has the best walk/hike mode, making it a decent choice for a side-country boot, especially because you can purchase soles for it that are tech binding compatible. This means they have the versatility to be worn to the resort or on a backcountry tour, as long as you have the appropriate bindings. We also really like the Salomon Custom Shell 360 liner because it is many adjustment options.

Durability
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Fit is one of the most important factors when choosing a ski boot. If you have a boot that fits you well, it will perform well and will also be comfortable. Our testers trying out the most uncomfortable boots.
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You spend a lot of money on these boots, so you want them to last. Most of the boots we tested were very burly and durable, but we noticed a few things that may be problematic over time. We checked the boots for dents and dings, the soles for wear, and other parts and features that seemed to be lower quality. We think the Tecnica Cochise and the Lange RX seem to be the most durable, whereas the Rossignol All-Track Pro's flashy appearance and soft faux-fur seems less durable.

Warmth
To test for warmth we evaluated these boots on their fit and liner materials.
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To test for warmth we evaluated these boots on their fit and liner materials. Typically, boots with a wider, roomier fit feel warmer like the Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110's.
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Typically, boots with a wider, roomier fit feel warmer because they allow for plentiful bloodflow to the toes, whereas boots with a lower-volume, tight fit feel restricting and therefore colder. If your boots are cutting off your circulation, your feet will feel colder. We think that the Kyra's Intuition brand liners were the warmest and the roomy Rossignol All-Track Pros felt warm too. Testers find the Lange RX LV to be the coldest because it does have a tight, low-volume fit that tends to cut off the circulation, especially of people who don't have low volume feet.

Editors' Choice Award: Salomon X-Pro 90

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Our Editors' Choice Award, the Salomon X-Pro 90 is a great all around boot for an advanced to expert skier.
Credit: Jessica Haist

The Salomon X-Pro 90 - Women's is a great all around boot for an advanced to expert skier. Lucky for our intermediate level ladies out there, it also comes in 70 and 80 flex for a more forgiving ride. We love the way this boot fit several testers described it as "cushy". It hugs the heels, keeping them firmly in place while making turns, and is comfortable all around. The X-Pro is great to ski on-piste, we had a lot of fun ripping tight turns on the groomers with these responsive boots. We have to consciously drive these boots and stay on top of them more when off-piste and in bumps, or we would get thrown in the back seat. We think that the more advanced skiers will enjoy driving these boots in the 90 flex. Salomon's Customfit 3D Performance Liners are some of the most customizable liners we tested, and on the 360 Custom Shell the last can be stretched as wide as 106 mm for gals with wider forefeet, adding to their versatility.

Top Pick Award for Downhill Ski Performance: Lange RX LV 100

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Advanced to expert skiers look for a boot with a tighter and stiffer flex so that their movements are more immediately transferred to the boot and ski. We thought the Lange RX 100 LVs were the highest performing boot we tested.
Credit: Jessica Haist

The Lange RX 100 LV - Women's boots left all its competitors in the dust in the downhill ski performance category. We had so much fun skiing all types of terrain in this boot, and we always felt in control. The RX LVs hug the feet, keep the heels locked down, and have a slightly more forward stance than some of the other boots in this review. We felt like we could handle anything in these boots, and enjoyed steep off-piste runs because these boots drive fat skis in powder really well. We tested the low-volume model of this boot, and some of our testers did not rate it high in warmth or comfort and fit because their feet were higher volume and the boot fit too small. Do not despair, advanced level ladies with wide feet it comes in a 100 mm last version too! For those looking for a less aggressive version of this boot, it also comes in 80 and 90 flex rating.

Best Buy Award: Dalbello Kyra 95 ID
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We think our Best Buy winners, the Dalbello Kyra 95 IDs are great value for a solid boot. This is the perfect boot for an intermediate skier who wants to transition from a relaxed, soft boot to a more advanced, stiffer boot.
Credit: Jessica Haist
One of our testers refers to the Dalbello Kyra 95 IDs as her "old friends" because they're so comfortable and easy to ski. We think the Kyra's are great value for an excellent boot. 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 from "soft" to "hard" so when you think you're ready for a more responsive boot to shred off-piste, crank it up to "hard" and you're ready to go. Dalbello gives the ID model added value with warm, custom moldable Intuition brand liners. The Kyras seem to control fat skis well and all of our testers agreed that there was no heel lift in this boot. One tester found these boots "surprisingly responsive" for how comfortable they are. These versatile, warm, and relatively high-performing boots retail at only $499.99.

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