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Mike Phillips

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Mike is a full time seasonal outdoor professional. In the winter you can find him doing avalanche control work and caring for injured skiers as a professional ski patroller at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, California or backcountry skiing on the East Side of the Sierra. During the drier months of summer he trades in the skis for lightweight packs as a backpacking guide on the John Muir Trail, Mt. Whitney, and less talked about regions of California's High Sierra. Mike calls the Eastern Sierra home, where he lives in a small house at the foot of a volcano in a little aspen grove with his wife and accident prone dog.

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How to Choose the Best Ski Boots

How to Choose the Best Ski Boots

To help you find the best pair of ski boots for your abilities and budget, we're here to help you cut through the confusing marketing jargon and understand
Dalbello Panterra ID 120

Dalbello Panterra ID 120

The Dalbello Panterra ID 120 is a feature-laden boot that falls into what we are terming an adventure/freeride boot. Similar to our Top Pick winner, the Tecnica Cochise 120, the Panterra...
K2 Pinnacle 130

K2 Pinnacle 130

Best suited for strong skiers, the K2 Pinnacle 130 is a big boot. It is packed with features and intended for skiers who demand downhill performance in-bounds, and want the added luxury of...
Nordica NRGy Pro 2

Nordica NRGy Pro 2

Our testing reveals that the Nordica NRGy Pro 2 is an average boot for advanced/expert skiers. Still, simple, and functional, it scored slightly better than our best buy award winning...
Lange RX 120

Lange RX 120

The RX 120 is stiff enough to escort an advanced skier all over the mountain from the groomers to the rugged steeps. It is stiff and offers a snug fit, translating your every move directly...
Tecnica Cochise 120

Tecnica Cochise 120

The Tecnica Cochise 120 is a surprisingly versatile all-mountain ski boot; it is comfortable for hiking and skinning, and also skis well in the resort in all types of terrain. The...
Nordica NRGy 100

Nordica NRGy 100

Thoroughly consistent, yet average in its overall scoring, this is a decent choice as an all-mountain ski. For the price there are definitely better choices in our review, but it is at...
Salomon X-Pro 120

Salomon X-Pro 120

If you're an expert skier searching for a precise fitting, good looking boot, this could be the one for you. It features a heat-moldable shell and liner and fits medium volume feet well.
Line Sick Day 95

Line Sick Day 95

The Line Sick Day 95 is a fun ski in the right conditions, but that's about all it has going for it. All around it was the most poorly rated ski in our review. It is light and easy to ski...
Dynastar Powertrack 89

Dynastar Powertrack 89

We had more interest from friends and colleagues in this ski than any other ski we had for our all-mountain test. No one who skied the Powertrack for us was overly impressed with it as an...
Armada TST

Armada TST

Our testers unanimously agreed that this ski was one of the more playful skis in our selection. Where the TST fell off was when we picked up the speed and put in on hard packed snow. It...
DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid

DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid

The DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid is the best all-mountain ski we tested for skiing in powder. The Wailer really is best in pow, yet it surprised us with its ability to handle other conditions...
Rossignol Experience 100 TI

Rossignol Experience 100 TI

The Rossignol Experience 100 is an on piste specialist. They are responsive, have incredible edge hold and can milk a turn for everything its worth. Their propensity to turn can be a...
Fischer Ranger 98 Ti

Fischer Ranger 98 Ti

The Fischer Ranger 98 Ti is an eye catching ski. It has the most unique shape of any of the skis in our review. We found it to be strong and capable on firm snow and on groomed terrain...
K2 Pinnacle 95

K2 Pinnacle 95

The new K2 Pinnacle 95 takes the place of the Annex 98 in K2's freeride/all-mountain category. We tested and reviewed the Annex 98 in 2015 and largely felt like it was a good ski, but it...
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