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2017 Editors’ Choice Awards: Boots

Here it is, the best gear for this winter—the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards. Last March, 80 of our most trusted testers rode and ripped around Utah’s Powder Mountain and Crested Butte, Colo., testing more than 300 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings from which we picked these standouts for your quiver.

Want to see in-depth tester feedback on these products? Check out the 2017 Gear Guide, packed with reviews of all the Editors’ Choice winners, plus more than 100 other must-have skis, splitboards, boots and bindings.

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2017 Gear Guide

More than 100 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings reviewed, rated and recommended.


Lange XT Freetour 130

$950 - lange-boots.com | SIZES: 24.5-29.5 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.8 lbs. | LAST (mm): 97 or 100

A great, charging tour boot I would use in the resort or backcountry. —Jacob O'Connor

Lange XT Freetour 130 boots


SCARPA Freedom SL 120 W's

$749 - scarpa.com | SIZES: 21.5-27 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.3 lbs. | LAST (mm): 101

If you are a strong skier with a low-volume foot, these might be for you. —Sarah Yu

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Tecnica Zero G Guide

$660 - tecnicausa.com | SIZES: 24.5-30.5 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.3 lbs. | LAST (mm): 99

A true renaissance boot I would trust in all conditions. —Miles Kochalka

Tecnica Zero G Guide

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Scott Sports Celeste II

$750 - scott-sports.com | SIZES (cm): 23-27.5 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 5.7 lbs. | LAST (mm): 103.5

For several years running, the Celeste remains my top pick for an AT boot that does it all. —Cookie Bailey

Scott Sports Celeste II

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Arc'teryx Procline Carbon

$1,000 - arcteryx.com | SIZES: 23-30.5 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 5.5 lbs. | LAST (mm): 98

It skied. It skied well. This boot will make waves. —Jason Layh

Arc'teryx Procline Carbon


Fischer Travers Carbon

$1,000 - fischersports.com | SIZES: 25.5-30.5 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 4.4 lbs. | LAST (mm): 100

Great design for long tours and the occasional rando rally. —Patrick Gilroy

Fischer Travers Carbon


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