Best Ski Boots For 2022-2023

We’ve tested and reviewed the best ski boots for this season, from smooth freestyle kicks to stiff freeride boots

Finding the best ski boots for you can be a tricky task to say the least. Ski boots depend entirely on each skier’s ski style and body shape. What might work for a park rat who spends all their time on the rails will be entirely different for a freeride skier who’s at home straight-lining couloirs.

Ski boots are also pretty unique in that they’re entirely dependent on the fit, which varies massively between brands and models within each brand. So regardless of what kind of ski boot you’re looking for, finding the best fit is essential to finding the best ski boot for you.

For that reason, it’s essential for me to rehash the age-old adage that you should head to your local brick-and-mortar ski shop, and get your feet stuck into a wide range of ski boots to see what fits your unique foot shape, before you go and drop your hard-earned cash on a pair.

On top of getting your feet in a range of ski boots, your local shop staff will be able to look at your feet, listen to your ski ambitions and recommend a range of boots they think will work for you. Ski shop staff measure, prod at, and generally evaluate, a huge amount of feet everyday, so it’s always a good shout to lean on their experience if you’re starting from scratch.

Putting foot shapes aside, we’ve selected the best ski boots for 2022. The list contains touring-specific ski mountaineering boots, freestyle boots, piste boots and boots that do a bit of everything – all of which come with a wide range of shapes and sizes. Everything from stiff-as-concrete race boots, to lightweight freestyle kicks have been covered to ensure you’re in the best place to pick the best ski boots for you.

Best Ski Boots 2022-2023

Head Kore RS 130 LV

Why we chose the Head Kore RS 130: Powerful, energetic, vice-like fit
Flex: 130
Last: 98 mm
Cuff Range: 53°
Forward Lean: 9° / 16°
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk / MNC / Tech bindings
Price: £600


Head has totally redesigned their Kore lineup of freeride touring boots for the 22/23 winter season. A brand new ski/hike mechanism offers improved power transfer, and a smoother walk mode. The leaders in World Cup winning boot technology are really flexing their muscles with these boots, and we’re stoked to see it.

Who Is The Head Kore RS 130 LV For?

All of this resulted in one of the best performing freeride boots our test team has been on. The Kore 130 provided an extremely high performance ride across the entire mountain, and throughout some challenging conditions.

When we took them for a hike or ski tour in or out of the resort, we’re glad to say the boots provided a surprisingly efficient hike mode that we could see being comfortable even on far-flung backcountry missions. Yes, that walk mode isn’t going to compare to the feeling of a lightweight touring specific boot but you simply can’t complain when you’re carrying that much downhill performance on your feet.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our Head Kore RS 130 LV Review here

K2 Mindbender 130

Why we chose the K2 Mindbender 130: Smooth, responsive, versatile
Flex: 130
Last: 98 mm
Cuff Range: 50°
Forward Lean: 10 to 17°
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk / MNC / Tech bindings
Weight (per boot): 1,725g
Price: £600


With K2 acquiring Full Tilt boots, their range of ski boots has grown massively for this season. One boot, however, that’s long been a part of K2 boot range has been the Mindbender resort touring boot. It’s light enough for short to medium tours, while also capable of providing an extremely capable downhill performance when it’s needed.

Who Is The K2 Mindbender 130 For?

We’ve been stoked with how the whole Mindbender range has performed while out testing them in Flachau. The boots provide a really smooth flex – one of the best in the freeride touring boot market, in fact – while also offering a fantastic performance-focused fit.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our K2 Mindbender 130 Review here

Salomon S/Pro Alpha 120

Why we chose the Salomon S/Pro Alpha 120: Customisable, powerful, precise
Flex: 120
Last: 98 mm
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk
Weight (per boot): 1,824g
Price: £430


The S/Pro and S/Max range from Salomon have long been a mainstay in the French companies’ range of downhill ski boots. Both of them offered some of the best performance characteristics we’ve felt in a boot but the main difference was in the general fit of each: the S/Max represented the narrow last, while S/Pro were the roomier option.

All of this is moulded from a PU plastic that gives the same level of power and progressive flex that the initial S/Max boot range became so well-known for. In this case, the S/Pro Alpha offers a 120 flex rating that would be suitable for heavy intermediates to lightweight expert skiers. Thanks to the large amount of customisation on offer, the S/Pro Alpha 120 will also fit an impressive amount of foot shapes and volumes.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our Salomon S/Pro Alpha 120 Review here

Lange XT3 Tour Pro

Why we chose the Lange XT3 Tour: Powerful, close fitting, solid walk mode
Sizes: 24 – 29.5
ROM: 51 degrees
Flex: 130
Shell Material: Grilamid
Weight (per boot): 1,646g (26.5)
Price: £450


The new XT3 Tour from Lange has packaged all the necessities of a ski boot for the regular customer, into a lightweight touring boot that provides an unrivalled flex pattern, and Lange’s famous fit, for long days on the hill.

With ski touring becoming even more popular since the lockdowns of ski resorts all over the world (you remember those), Lange have targeted this boot at the people who are looking to continue skiing completely new areas of the mountain away from the piste markers.

With a friction free hinge whilst touring and an easy entry shell construction for those cold mornings, this boot is guaranteed to provide maximum comfort on even the longest days. What’s more, it will do so without sacrificing the downhill performance that can sometimes happen when developing touring boots in today’s market.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our Lange XT3 Tour Pro Review here

K2 Revolver Pro

Why we chose the K2 Revolver Pro: Classic, comfortable, smooth flex
Flex: 5/10 (Roughly 100)
Last: 99mm
Construction: 3-Piece
Outsole: Alpine
Weight (per boot): 2,000g
Price: $500


We speak for every freeskier when we say that we all still feel a small amount of heartbreak whenever Full Tilt’s name is mentioned. Since the events between K2 and Full Tilt occurred however, a rebranded range of ski boots has hit the market and it’s difficult to dislike them. Whether you’re skiing in the park, skiing on moguls, skiing ariels, or even just want a dead comfortable 3 piece boot, the Revolver is the tool for you.

Reduced pressure on the instep (thanks to that three piece construction) also opens the door for this boot to be used for someone who struggles in the traditional two piece construction, and who wants to prioritise comfort. K2 have managed to reassure the entire freeski community with the Revolver by keeping all the components that consumers have grown to know and love, whilst also improving subtleties like the flex and rebranding it in a refreshing new package.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our K2 Revolver Pro Review here

Dalbello Veloce 120

Why we chose the Dalbello Veloce 120: Comfortable, versatile, customisable
Flex: 120
Last: 100 mm
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk
Weight (per boot):
Price: $700


In an all new ski boot range for the 22/23 winter season, the Veloce series from Dalbello has, Dalbello claims, “been developed for skiers with a medium foot width who want to combine an exciting day on the slopes with Italian style.”

It looks and sounds pretty similar to the extremely popular S/Pro range from Salomon, but let’s take a look under the hood to see how well this product really stacks up against the competition in this ever-competitive boot category.

Who Is The Dalbello Veloce 120 For?

We’d say the Veloce 120 is kind of like a Lamborghini Urus. What do we mean by that? Well, it’s Italian design meets luxurious comfort and there’s pretty rowdy engine hiding beneath. Like the Urus, the Veloce range is comfortable on all kinds of terrain (within reason). It’s also smooth and powerful enough to keep things confident and stable when you do decide to open up the throttle.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our Dalbello Veloce 120 Review here

Tecnica Mach1 130 TD

Why we chose the Tecnica Mach1: Powerful, versatile, classic
Sizes: 24.5 –  30.5
Custom Shell: Yes
Shell Material: Polyurethane (PU)
Weight (per boot): 1920g (26.5)
Price: £350


With the Mach1, Tecnica have designed the ultimate frontside mountain ski boot for skiers rated anywhere from intermediate to advanced. Created with an anatomically shaped shell and liner, the boot is designed to provide maximum comfort out of the box, but also be easy to customise further if that’s your wish. Want you ski boots to feel like slippers for the entire day? The dream might just be possible.

By stripping back the traditional ski boot and focusing on all the key areas that will provide the best fit and performance, Technica have developed a simple yet highly intuitive ski boot that can conform to all different foot shapes and maintain impressive power transmission. There are low, medium and high volume options of the Mach1, meaning there’s a choice for everyone to get their optimum fit out of the box. It also gives you the option to go tighter for a more reactive fit, if that’s what you desire.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our Tecnica Mach 1 130 Review here

Dalbello Lupo Pro

Why we chose the Dalbello Lupo Pro: Maximum power, decent walk mode (without tongues), race-like last
Flex: 130
Last: 98mm
ROM: 67 degrees
Binding Compatibility: Gripwalk
Weight (per boot): 1,835g (uphill), 1,990g (downhill)
Price: $799


Suitable for the feet of the most adventurous freeride skiers who require an ultra-high performing downhill ski boot, and who also want a boot that can offer the best touring specs in the same package. 98mm last means the Lupo sits amongst the narrowest on the market for touring boots. It’s suitable for a skier wanting a snug, well performing, fit and also skiers with narrower feet. Also coming in at a 130 flex when in ski mode, the boot guarantees maximum power transmission for advanced/expert level skiers when in the powder.

Who Is The Dalbello Lupo Pro For?

If you are looking to take your touring set-up to the next level then you should look no further than the Dalbello Lupo Pro. Thanks to the three piece ‘Cabrio’ design of the shell, paired with the elegant removal of the tongue when touring, this boot sits apart from its competitors on the market. The daunting thought of squeezing feet into snug fitting boots on cold early mornings before a ski touring mission, has never been made to look so un-daunting. It’s all thanks to the personalisation this boot has to offer.

Chosen for the Ski 100 22/23. Check out our Dalbello Lupo Pro Review here

Head Formula RS 120

Flex: 130
Last: 98mm (at 26.5)
Price: €530 / £450 / $875


Built from the race heritage of Head Skis, the all-new Formula RS 120 doesn’t make any compromises on either performance or all-day comfort. This has been achieved by taking the extremely successful Head Raptor WCR model, and applying some comfort-enhancing technologies from the Nexo range of ski boots.

The result? The Head Formula RS 120 brings performance to advanced – intermediate skiers looking to progress to the next level. A flex rating of 120 or 130 (it can be adjusted by inserting a screw into the cuff) brings an impressive level of performance – all in a last that won’t trash your feet.

Chosen for the Ski 100. Check out our Head Formula RS 120 Review here

Nordica Speedmachine 3 130

Flex: 130
Last: 100 mm
Weight (per boot): 1,920 (26)


The Nordica Speedmachine 130 has long been the go-to boot for advanced to expert skiers searching for wide-fitting, performance-focused kicks. Now, for 2021, the Speedmachine is in its third iteration and features a range of performance-enhancing features that help to solidify it as our top pick for performance and comfort.

This highly customisable boot results in a fit that you can make your own in more ways than one. The 100 mm last is going to be suitable for people with slightly wider feet, or who put a lot of emphasis on all-day comfort.

Chosen for the Ski 100. Check out our Nordica Speedmachine 3 130 Review here

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