It used to be that the hike, or walk, mode (which is the defining feature of the men's Freeride Category) pigeon-holed a ski boot into a less-powerful-skiing sub category. That isn't the case anymore with the best boots in this large group, as current lightweight but stiff plastics and solid metal-to-metal cuff connections make for serious descenders.

Skiers of all shapes and sizes can now find a ski boot that will suit their foot width as well as uphill and downhill performance needs—narrows, mediums and wides in a broad range of stiffnesses are available in the still-growing men's Freeride Category. Many of the ski boots in the men's Freeride group offer compatibility with lighter weight "tech" bindings and have options for rockered soles, both of which make uphill travel more effective.

Liner construction here is also lighter weight, typically more highly moldable than All-Mountain Category liners and often articulated for better range of motion when the cuff is released. Some ski resort-based skiers may gravitate toward Freeride ski boots simply for their walk mode convenience and lighter weight.

The men’s Freeride ski boot reviews are provided by our equipment experts at Bootfitters.com, powered by MasterFit.