Women’s ski boots continue to improve each season, and this year is no different as major ski brands are launching new and improved lines for female athletes. Comfort and fit are still top priorities, but new technological advances coupled with sleek designs (and even a few cool retro looks) make for some pretty interesting gear for 2020. Let’s take a closer look at all of the new ski boots for women.
The rear-entry ski boot receives a facelift from Atomic in its new Savor line. The Savor brand will be aimed at beginners and aging skiers who could benefit most from a rear-entry boot. In the past, rear-entry boots have been geared more toward advanced and expert skiers. Atomic is hoping its Savor line will reinforce to newbies and older skiers that having fun on the mountain can be easy for everyone.
According to Herbert Buchsteiner, business unit director for alpine skis and bindings at Atomic , “Nobody in the skiing industry has offered beginners and intermediate skiers a dedicated product line. We are at least one year ahead of other ski brands.”
Atomic interviewed close to 400 beginner and intermediate skiers as research for the new boots, Buchsteiner said. The company found that ease of use, comfort and a confident feeling in the descent are the most important criteria in choosing skiing equipment.
“Moreover, all skiers want the equipment to look cool,” he said.
When it came to the design of the new boots, Buchsteiner said the Atomic team first reduced the wall thickness on the boots so they would be as light was possible. An innovative cuff design makes it easy to step in to the boot. When a skier loosens the cuff, it moves toward the rear of the boot, adding further mobility when walking. The brand’s Gripwalk soles give good traction on the snow and help prevent slipping.
The new Atomic Savor 80 W ski boots are a perfect step-in, rear-entry boot for novice to intermediate female skiers. The boots are sized to fit most feet and are very easy to get into. You’ll appreciate the comfort and control, along with the hours of skiing without having to take a “foot break.” (Suggested retail price: $299.99)
In addition to rear-entry boots, the Savor line also includes skis and the new Savor Visor that combines a ski helmet with ski goggles.
Atomic made several adjustments to its Atomic Hawk XTD line, and the result is a narrow-fitting ski boot that’s lightweight and great for touring. The buckles have been adjusted from previous models, so touring is easier in the open position. Made of Grilamid plastic, these boots can be molded to fit different foot sizes and shapes. The boots also have Tech Toe/Heels and a Hike Walk feature, along with Gripwalk soles. The versatile Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 95 W is a perfect boot for less aggressive skinners who want to hit the skin track in the morning and cruise the resort later in the day. (Suggested retail price: $499)
Salomon completely redesigned its best-selling boot for 2020. Gone is the X Max 90, replaced by the new and improved S/Max 90. The Salomon S/Max 90 W is a perfect fit for females with narrow or small feet. The new boot utilizes Coreframe construction to provide greater precision , and its newly redesigned Sense Amplifier Cuff promotes quicker rebound and an overall improved snow feel. The new Custom Fit 3D Seamless Performance Liner has a new shape, and there are no more seams on your toes. It’s a cozier, warmer overall fit. Equipped with a medium-stiff flex, this is a great boot for intermediate to advanced skiers. (Suggested retail price: $549.99)
Lange has improved on its SX boot with a new LX ski boot for 2020. The Lange LX 90 W ski boot is perfect for those with a medium foot that want a natural stance on the slopes. The boot has a medium width, instep height, calf volume and flex, and performs best for intermediate and advanced skiers. These Gripwalk-compatible boots also have added shin control for increased comfort. (Suggested retail price: $399.99)
If you’re looking for something with a throwback feel, check out the new Lange RX Ri Pink Panther W ski boots. The new boots echo the classic style of the brand’s XRi Pink Panther race boot released in 1988. The original, legendary boot was most notably worn by Alberto “La Bomba” Tomba at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988, where he won two medals. The limited-edition release is the first from the company’s new Lange Heritage line. (Suggested retail price: $599.99)
Dalbello’s Kyra line has been included in the Panterra line and the Panterra W line. The result is a lightweight, powerful boot with patented Gripwalk soles. At the top of the women’s line, the Lupo AX 105 W Alpine Touring boots are perfect for either touring or power skiing. No more shell modifications! New Contour 4 technology has four comfort zones that give the perfect fit around your ankle, heel, fifth metatarsal and navicular bone. The boots also have a Low-Profile Geometry Cuff, a removable insert that expands the boot’s top opening and lowers the overall boot height. The low cuff allows the boot to easy flow with the skier’s natural glide due to its increased range of movement. The boots offer a 48-dree range of motion (35 degrees forward lean and 13 degrees backward lean).
The boots also feature an Inverted Forefoot Buckle, meaning forefoot closure buckles close on the top of the boot shell, not on the side. This helps prevent breakage and bending during extreme runs. Made of Irfran (shell) and fiberglass-reinforced Polyamide (cuff), these boots offer a stiff women’s flex for powerful skiing thanks to the Kinetic Tongue Response that helps improve boot control and responsiveness. The boots even come in smaller sizes like 21.5, 22.5 and up. (Suggested retail price: $549.99)
Ideal for that perfect freeride, the Dalbello Panterra 95 W GW boots are a great choice for everything from lush powder days to tightly groomed corduroy. The improved My Fit System allows for thermo-customization of the liner and shell, but also includes the pre-molded Contour 4 shell. Similar to the Lupo AX 105 W Alpine Touring boots, the Panterra 95 W GW boots have a low-profile removable cuff and buckles on the top of the boot. The boots have a low cuff hinge point to increase power and control, with a 33-degree range of total motion (24 degrees forward lean, nine degrees backward lean).
These adjustable boots feature Gripwalk soles and have a convenient “low-profile walk mode” for when you have hoof it. The unique Cabrio Design includes a burly cuff lock mechanism that doesn’t compromise skiing performance. It frees the upper cuff from the lower shell and provides a longer range of motion that’s useful when hiking or climbing. (Suggested retail price: $499.99)
K2’s new Mindbender line of boots are lightweight, versatile and durable. The K2 Mindbender Alliance 90 W ski boots are hard-driving, high-performance freeride boots that handle just as good as alpine boots. The patented Powerlight shell provides agility and power, and its Powerlock Spyne system presents a 50-degree range of motion when walking or hiking. (Suggested retail price: $499.99)
Tecnica has redesigned their Zero G boot line for 2020, and the Tecnica Zero G Tour W Alpine Touring ski boots lead the way on the women’s side. The new lightweight boots have a new walk mode with two engagement points. The boots also have redesigned magnesium buckles and an increased stiffness. The result is a solid touring boot that skis really well. (Suggested retail price: $699.99)