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The 9 Best Women's Ski Boots for the 2021-2022 Winter

There’s an old axiom in the ski world that you should “date your skis, but marry your boots.” And like many old axioms, there’s a real nugget of truth there. That’s because it’s very low risk to try a few different pairs of skis, if you don’t like them, you can easily sell them to someone else who will, and it doesn’t ruin your day to ski on skis that maybe aren’t ideal for you. With women's ski boots though, it’s a different story. The comfort level of your boots is the number one factor affecting how good of a day on the hill you will have. And often it takes multiple trips to a boot fitter to get that comfort dialed in. So it’s worth taking your time when you’re shopping for boots. Try a bunch on, make sure you choose a boot that fits you well, that you’ll want to ski in for years. You’re investing in your own happiness when you’re shopping for boots, and it’s not worth rushing.

That said, it can be hard to narrow down your options to the boot you’re going to metaphorically marry. There are so many choices and features out there, and it can be hard to wade through all of the options. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best women’s ski boots of 2022, and also broken down the differences between them so you can start to figure out which boots you should be trying on. Because, at the end of the day, your feet will either hurt, or they won’t, and that will affect every other aspect of your ski experience.

Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 105 W

The best women's ski boots of 2022

When Atomic’s Hawx series of boots first hit the market they were a real outlier among inbounds ski boots. That’s because Atomic managed to make a boot that was lighter than many touring boots but still skied with the precision and power you’d expect from an inbounds boot. Since then, other brands have followed suit with lighter inbounds boots, but Atomic hasn’t rested on their laurels. Instead, they’ve continued to improve with their Hawx Prime XTD. The XTD or “extended” version comes with a walk mode, and tech fittings, along with a slightly more flexible liner that combines to make the Hawx an equal contender both in or out of bounds.

When you’re riding lifts, the Prime’s flex is indistinguishable from an inbounds boot. It’s powerful and precise, with a predictable ramp-up. But, if you want to earn your turns, the low weight and great walk mode make it easy to skin up under your own power. The Prime version of the Hawx XTD has a wider last, for added comfort, so skiers with narrower feet might opt for the non Prime version. Both models are fully heat-moldable, so you can get a perfect, precise fit right out of the box. This is as close to a no-compromise one-boot quiver as you can get, so if you want to split time between the backcountry and inbounds, without swapping boots, try on the Hawx Prime XTD.

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Atomic Hawx Ultra 85 W

The best women's ski boots of 2022

If you’re not interested in huffing and puffing your way uphill, the fully inbounds-optimized Hawx Ultra 85 might be the boot for you. It’s got the same heat-moldable custom fit like all the other Hawx boots, along with the same light weight, but it comes in at a lower price since it doesn’t have the walk mode and tech fittings of the XTD version. That makes it a great choice for resort skiers who want a light, affordable boot.

The 85 flex Hawx is best suited to newer skiers, and lighter folks who might be overpowered by a stiffer flex. It’s accessible and easy to get along with and will help you hone your technique and figure out how to drive your skis in variable conditions. The stated last of 98 mm is on the narrow side, so it will lock in smaller feet, or it’s easy to expand with Atomic’s heat molding process. If you’re just getting started, and want a comfortable ski boot that will help you grow as a skier, it’s hard to do better than the Hawx Ultra 85.

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Dalbello Panterra 85 W

The best women's ski boots 

The big downfall of traditional overlap ski boots is that they can be a real pain to get off and on your feet. We’ve all seen the skier stomping around the parking lot, biting back tears as they try to force their feet into their boots. If that sounds familiar, you might want to try a three-piece boot like the Dalbello Panterra 85 W. The three-piece design allows the boot to open up wider, so it’s easy to slip your foot into and out of, with minimal effort. And it gives the boot a unique flex pattern that’s very accessible, even to newer skiers.

The Dalbello Panterra also has a unique take on width. There’s an extra buckle across the toe that allows you to set the width of the toe box anywhere from 99 mm to 101 mm. Once you’ve set that so that your toes are snug but not too tight, you can leave that buckle closed, and use the other three buckles to get into and out of the boot. That means you can adjust an important part of the fit yourself, without having to go to a shop. The Panterra’s built in walk mode also helps negotiate icy parking lots and walkways, and rubber soles provide great grip. If you’re looking for a comfortable, easy-to-use boot, the Panterra fits the bill.

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Full Tilt Soul Sister 90

The best women's ski boots of 2022

Like the Panterra, the Soul Sister is a three-piece boot that opens all the way up for easy access. Full Tilt bases its models on classic Raichle shells, so the silhouette might look similar to some retro boots. Don’t worry though, the Soul Sister is a thoroughly modern boot with high-end materials and construction. If you had to sum up the Soul Sister in one word, we’d choose “reliable.” This is a consistent boot that feels good day in and day out. It’s easy to get on and off, it’s easy to flex into and drive bigger skis with, and it’s just plain easy to get along with.

Recently Full Tilt has introduced heat moldable materials into their shells and liners and a good boot fitter can help you mold them to your feet. So, if you want a boot that uses a time-proven design, that delivers great performance anywhere on the mountain, on any ski, give the Full Tilt Soul Sister a shot.

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K2 BFC W 95 Heat

The best women's ski boots for the 2022 winter

Sometimes the ski industry tends to come up with silly acronyms that don’t really mean anything. That’s not the case with the K2 BFC though, in fact, those three letters really sum up this boot. BFC stands for “Built For Comfort” and that’s all you really need to know. K2 pulled out all the stops making this boot to make sure they’d fit as many feet as possible comfortably without needing to modify the shell. The roomy 103 mm last has room for the widest of toes, and K2’s unique design means you can get the boots on and off with just one hand.

The best part about the BFC 95 though, is the built in heating system. It’s easy to adjust and can deliver constant heat to your feet for up to 19 hours. So no more numb toes and tingling arches after skiing. Blizzard rolls in? Just crank up the heat and keep skiing! If you’re tired of struggling with uncomfortable women’s ski boots and cold feet, the K2 BFC 95 Heat is your solution.

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Lange LX 90 W

The best women's ski boots

You might recognize the name “Lange” from their decades of iconic race boots. For years Lange owned the high-performance boot market. And now, with their LX series, they’ve taken that high-end performance and mated it to a more comfortable, and accessible package. You don’t need to be ripping at World Cup speeds to appreciate the Lange LX 90, but if you are, they’re ready for the challenge. Their wider 102 mm last is perfect for wider feet, and the 90 flex hits a nice balance between accessibility and power.

The LX 90 also has replaceable soles if you happen to wear yours out, and adjustable canting so you can dial in your angles. If you’re looking for a high-performing boot that doesn’t mess up your feet, give the Lange LX 90 W a shot.

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Nordica Speedmachine 85 W

The best women's ski boots

The Nordica Speedmachine is a great boot for anyone who understands that a lot of the magic of skiing comes from going fast downhill. These boots crave hot, nasty SPEED! Don’t worry though, they’re still comfortable and precise at lower speeds as well though. Nordica has gone out of its way to prioritize comfort with the Speedmachine. They’ve got PrimaLoft insulated liners to keep your toes warm as you head out for one last run before closing time, and Nordica molded in strategic materials throughout the shell to make them easy to adjust to fit your specific foot.

If you look back fondly at your racing days and like to ski at high speeds, but value comfort and warmth, the Speedmachine strikes a nice balance, providing high performance, and high comfort.

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Salomon S/Max 90 W

The best women's ski boots

For skiers with narrower feet who need a precise fit, and snug liner, the Salomon S/Max is here to save the day. Instead of chasing comfort by going wider like many women’s boots, the S/Max stays true to its roots with a narrow last and precise cuff that gives you unmatched control. That said, don’t let that 98 mm last scare you away. Salomon’s new materials allow that to stretch all the way to 104 mm with proper heat molding. So no matter how wide your foot is, you can find a nice, precise fit.

The Salomon S/Max takes everything we used to love about classic Salomon boots and updates it for the new decade. It’s comfortable, powerful, precise, and one of the best women’s boots.

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Tecnica Cochise 95 W

The best women's ski boots

Tecnica’s Cochise boot has long been a “crossover” option — a boot that performs well inbounds or in the backcountry. And this latest version is more capable than ever. It skis as well as a pure inbounds boot, with a stiff shell and precise fit that locks your foot in place. But, it’s got a walk mode and tech fittings, so it’s comfortable going uphill too. It’s not quite as light and easy to hike in as the Atomic Hawx, that boot is perfect for someone who spends equal time in the resort and backcountry, whereas the Cochise is better for a primarily inbounds skier who occasionally earns their turns. If that sounds like you, then the Cochise is a great choice.

The Cochise’s C.A.S. shell is easy to mold and punch, and the Dynafit certified tech fittings will keep your boots secure in touring bindings. So if you want your backcountry turns to feel just as powerful as your inbounds ones, try out the Cochise.

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