Ski Bum Reviews picks for the best all mountain freeride ski boots 2023
The “All Mountain” ski is a term that has been around for years now. This quickly adopted term is now gaining traction in the ski boot industry. Modern thinking skiers of all ability levels are looking for the one boot quiver that can do it all both inbounds and out. Ski boot brands took note and started including touring features like walk mode, grippy rubber soles and light weight shells into their downhill boots. These downhill touring hybrids can be referred to as all mountain, freeride, free touring or simply just hybrids. For this list Ski Bum Reviews selected the best ski boots that combine downhill performance and touring capabilities. Whether you're skinning the backcountry in search of fresh lines, or just simply walking the resort for some apres after a long day on groomers, these go anywhere, do anything ski boots are Ski Bum Reviews best all mountain ski boots of 2023.
Salomon Shift PRO 120
Womens: Salomon Shift Pro W
Designed for skiers who enjoy cruising on powder-covered slopes, but want to occasionally hike to a new peak without switching their gear, Salomon's SHIFT PRO 120 AT strikes the perfect balance between the stability and power of a true alpine boot and the versatility of a touring boot. Inbounds or out of bounds, the shift has never been easier!
Head Kore RS 130 GW
Womens: Head Kore 105 RS W
The KORE RS 130 GW features both a new geometry and hike/ski mechanism designed to give expert skiers race-inspired performance for downhill turns as well as comfort while hiking. HEAD's LYT Tech engineering reduces weight without loosing power transmission. The hike/ski device ensures free movement as well as a strong connection between the cuff and shell, supported by a 53mm Power Strap. The innerboot comes from the Formula series and features the new 98-mm lasted Pro Light liner. Superleggera buckles secure the shell for a precise and comfortable fit. More backcountry-friendly features include GripWalk soles and Dynafit tech inserts.
Tecnica Cochise 120 DYN GW
Womens: Technica Cochise 115 W
For over a decade now, the Cochise franchise has continuously raised the bar in the hybrid ski boot category. Bringing Tecnica’s proven fit-and-performance-above-all ethos to the walking world, the Cochise 120 has all the gas you would expect from a 4-buckle alpine boot stamped with the Tecnica T, combined with the versatility and walkability of a touring boot. The C.A.S. shell and liner provide for the best out-of-the-box fit and industry-leading customization capabilities for those whose feet might need a little more work. A reimagined T-Ride walk mechanism adapts the tried-and-true tech from our Zero G line to be more freeride-oriented for maximum downhill performance and exceptional walkability. Whether you’re slinging the sticks over your shoulder for a short boot up the ridge or setting out on an all-day mission, the Cochise 120 is the go-to boot for modern minded, advanced level freeride skiers who are looking for one boot to do it all in the resort and out in the backcountry.
Fischer Ranger 130 GW DYN
Womens: Fischer Ranger 115 W
The award-winning Ranger 130 has been completely reworked to earn the new Pro designation. The upgraded TPU shell and cuff improve shock absorption, stiffness, and offer progressive flex. The new Ranger Performance Liner is denser for consistent fit and control over the entire season. A generous 55° range of movement, GripWalk® Vibram® sole, and integrated ski/walk buckle offer the versatility to rip on groomers or explore the backside.
Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 CT GW
Womens: Hawx Prime XTD 115 W
Meet the Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 CT GW - a ski boot for both all-mountain skiing and freerides touring. This ready-to-hike boot delivers the legendary feel, skiing power and all mountain capability of Hawx Prime with the touring ability of the Backland. Designed for people with medium feet, Prolite construction delivers more strength with less weight, and a Mimic Platinum liner – a highly customizable liner that molds to the exact shape of your foot, with an Achilles Flex Zone for uphill mobility. Complete Tech inserts in both the toe and the heel allow for maximum touring binding compatibility – along with Frictionless Pivot and Free/Lock 4.0 ski-to-walk mechanism for epic natural movement. The GripWalk soles offer more traction without losing performance while skiing. Boot sizes 23.5 and lower come with a lower cuff design to accommodate shorter legs. Truly a one-boot quiver.
K2 Mindbender 130
Womens: K2 Minbender 115 LV W
Built with a heat-moldable Powerlite shell, Friction Free Cuff Pivot, Tech Fit and a burly 130 flex, the K2 Mindbender 130 men’s ski boot is the versatile freeride boot you need for performance on and off-piste. When it comes time to venture beyond the resort, flip the Powerlock Spyne into walk mode and appreciate the impressive 50-degree range of motion as you power uphill to your next objective. Complete versatility supports and uncompromised downhill performance with the K2 Mindbender 130s, loved by pro athletes like KC Deane, Hank Bilous, and Felix Wiemers.
Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130
Womens : Rossignol AllTrack Pro 100 W
Chase untracked lines inbounds or out in the Alltrack Pro 130 GW. This no-compromise free-touring boot features tech-fittings for alpine-touring binding-compatibility and a releasable cuff for a natural range of motion on the skin track or boot pack. The 100mm last balances comfort and control while the Generative Design Grid shell is engineered for reduced weight and full power transmission for all-conditions skiing. The preformed liner is thermo-moldable for a custom fit. Includes pre-mounted GRIPWALK® soles for a more natural walking motion and increased traction.
Dalbello Panterra 120 I.D.
Womens: Dalbello Panterra 105 W
The Panterra 120 ID GW has it all. A high flex index makes it the model of choice for demanding and sporty "all-inclusive" skiers who not only value dynamic skiing characteristics but, above all, individual customization. The integration of the Powercage design and the milled outer shell result in great power distribution across the entire boot and reduce the weight without compromising on stability. The variable sole angle with a canting system under the foot and the adjustable cuff volume provide additional options for adapting the boot to meet individual preferences. A new tongue provides better shell integration, improved ergonomics, more rebound and a very supportive flex. The cabrio design also impresses with a three-piece structure featuring uniform flex and shock absorption as well as lateral and rear support. In addition, stepping in and out of the boot are easier than ever. The ID liners deliver more toe space and a higher comfort. GripWalk soles, hike mode with a 51° ski/hike range, and MyFit technology for an individually adaptable liner and outer shell offer everything you need for optimum wearing comfort. The 3D grip texture furthermore makes the Panterra extremely robust.
Lange XT3 Tour Pro
Womens: Lange XT3 Tour W Pro
Get up to get away for adventure. The all-new XT3 TOUR gets Lange's legendary downhill performance designed into a lightweight Vibram full touring norm uphill boot. Using ultra-lightweight Grilamid plastic and friction-free hinges for effortless hiking and skinning uphill. Dual Core technology and Active Power V-Lock ensure all the precision and power on the downhill. The XT3 TOUR is a new standard for touring boots that can go up with the best of them, but over delivers on the downhill.
Dynafit Hoji Free 130
The Hoji Free 130 Unisex ski touring boot wins big points for its stability for Free touring and its slim fit. It is also compatible with Tech and Touring frame bindings. This boot features the patented Hoji Lock System that merges the cuff and shell on the inside of the boot into one completely interlocking unit without any play. The unique Grilamid material with fiberglass offers great rigidity at a progressive flex of 130. Thanks to these properties, the Hoji Free is your perfect companion to achieve top power transfer and superb downhill performance on the ski for fully enjoying the finest champagne powder.