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The 9 Best Kids' Ski Boots for 2022-2023

By: Jordan Berde: Assistant Ski Buyer | October 12, 2022

 

Shopping for ski boots is hard enough, shopping for your kids is dang near impossible. Or at least, it used to be. It’s hard to tell if your kids' ski boots actually fit, if they have an appropriate flex, and if they’re keeping those small feet warm and comfortable. Luckily, kids' ski boots have come a long way. The best kids' ski boots are designed to be easy to get on and off and provide the right blend of flex and stiffness to absorb chatter and help smaller bodies turn their skis.

New This Year:

And this year, more brands than ever before are offering touring versions of their kids' boots, perfect for parents who want to start a love of backcountry skiing young, or kids who just want a walk mode for hiking the bootpack inbounds. It’s never been a better time to shop for new boots for your kids, they’re easier to use, more comfortable, and more capable than ever before.

Salomon Shift Pro 80T

Salomon Shift Pro 80T

Your kiddo has been asking for ages about the backbowl pass everyone seems to have, and now they're finally big enough for touring boots of their own. Gear up for the backcountry with the Salomon Shift Pro 80T Alpine Touring Ski Boots, pint-sized tech boots with all the safety features they need to succeed. Complete with tech fittings, a walk mode, and solid construction, they can ski in the resort all day long and take it to the skin track when they're ready. Let them eat pow! These are some of the most capable kids touring boots of all time.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$399.9580100 mm

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K2 Reverb

K2 Reverb

At last, a real kid's ski boot with 4 buckles and great performance that's not a junior race boot! The K2 Reverb Ski Boots are based on the relaxed fit of the BFC adult line and offer superior performance to the usual 2 and 3-buckle strap kid's models. The Reverb features a 70 flex and is suitable for bigger kids and 'tweens who are ready to get after it and need more boot to do it but aren't yet ready for an adult boot. They’re perfect for kids who want to ski hard all over the mountain.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$224.9570103 mm

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Nordica Speedmachine J2

Nordica Speedmachine J2

Get them off to a great start in the Nordica Speedmachine J2 Ski Boots. With a smooth, perfectly scaled-down design and an easy weight adjustment switch to fine-tune the performance, the J2 is just the boot to speed 'em on the way to skiing stardom. These are great first boots, that will hold up to years of skiing.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$119.9935Not listed

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Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 80 HT

Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 80 HT

Good enough and fit enough to start dogging mom and dad out of bounds? The Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 80 HT GW Alpine Touring Ski Boots are built with you in mind. Designed with lightweight chargers in mind, this 80 flex hybrid touring boot gives you the best of lift-served and self-powered performance, and lets you use a tech toe binding (Atomic suggests the Shift 10) to access the backcountry goods. When you're old enough to realize that riding the lifts isn't all there is to life, this boot is the next step. They have all the clever features and capabilities of the adult version.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$399.9580100 mm

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Technica Cochise Team Kids

Technica Cochise Team

The Tecnica Cochise Team Ski Boots are full-featured walk mode boots designed for 'tweens and lighter skiers with a scaled-back flex of 90. They share the new T-Ride Hiking System walk mode and recognizable style of the adult Cochise boots, but without the tech fittings for use with tech touring bindings. The Cochise Team is still a great all-mountain choice for the developing skier and suitable for short tours with a frame AT binding. These are perfect for kids who mostly ski inbounds but want to earn some turns.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$349.959099 mm

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K2 Luvbug 2

K2 Luvbug 2

Offering a two-buckle closure system, these tiny ski boots provide your youngster with just a bit more performance as they start to learn the ropes on the ski hill. Built to optimize comfort and simplicity, the K2 Luvbug 2 Ski Boots have an Easy Entry system to make the morning rush a breeze and get your family out on the slopes making memories as quick as possible. These are perfect for kids who are just getting acquainted with the magic of skiing.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$109.95SoftNot listed

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Rossignol Fun Girl J1

Rossignol Fun Girl J1

This is as simple as it gets. Put on the Rossignol Fun Girl J1 Ski Boots, and go skiing. Why complicate things, when 1 fit and 1 buckle will do the trick? The Fun Girl J1 is the ultimate starter boot for kids just old enough to ride the magic carpet.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$139.9530Not indicated

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Dalbello Green Gaia 30

Dalbello Green Gaia 30

With 3-buckle adjustability and a slightly stiffer flex, the Dalbello Green Gaia 3.0 GW Ski Boots move up the ability ladder for young skiers who already have the pizza and French fries stuff down. Built out of recycled DB Hyperlite plastic, the Gaia 3.0 looks black but breathes green, and GripWalk soles give her the safety to scamper at will when the skis are off. These are sustainable, comfortable boots, perfect for new skiers.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$159.9930Youth

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K2 Evolver

K2 Evolver

All those X Games athletes had to start somewhere, and it was probably in a pair of freestyle-friendly kicks like the K2 Evolver Ski Boots. Built to turn junior riders' freestyle dreams into reality, they're fitted with a soft flexing cabrio design made to jump and jib across the whole mountain, perfect for the kid that's always looking for the most playful line down. The Evolver’s classic 3-piece design and linear flex are ideal for budding freestyle skiers.

Original PriceFlex RatingLast Width
$299.957099 mm

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The Selection Process:

Our ski buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things skiing stemming from years of experience in the ski industry in tandem with their countless hours spent on slopes everywhere from groomers to the remote backcountry around the world. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jordan Berde

Jordan (she/her) is the Assistant Ski Buyer at evo. Before working in this role, she worked at the evo Denver store for two years, where she began as a bootfitter and quickly moved into Store Lead and then Store Supervisor roles. Prior to evo, Jordan worked as a bootfitter at other shops, a mountain bike instructor for kiddos in Colorado, a ski patroller in Alaska, and a liftie in Taos. She's an avid backcountry skier and ski mountaineer and recently summited Mt. Baker as a fundraiser for SheJumps, a non-profit committed to getting more women involved in the outdoors.

She started sliding on snow later than most (in her late 20s), but now she’s the friend getting up at 4 am to make sure she can get a dawn patrol lap in before work! Jordan is passionate about diversity and inclusion and making outdoor activities more inclusive to all genders, races, and ability levels. When she's not skiing, Jordan is likely on her mountain bike exploring all that Colorado and Washington have to offer with her wife. Some say she never stops moving…