For technically skilled, aggressive skiers who aren't willing to compromise when it comes to ski edge-driving power on hard snow and at high speeds, the Frontside Category ski boots will deliver the goods. These boots aren't World Cup "plug" style race boots, but they're only one step away—all narrow lasts at this year's test and all 130 or 140 flexes. Here you don't have to lace-up your liner before you put on the shell, and these narrows won't require the kind of shell modifications that plug ski boots do, but Frontside ski boots put skis on rail and trench at a level that will suit all but the burliest of gate bashers.

For the most part, four-buckle, overlap shell constructions dominate the Frontside Category of ski boots, using traditional polyurethane and polyether plastics. The soles are solid and so are the internal bootboards. Energy transmission, not shock mitigation, is the game here, and as such, the boots perform best on smooth surfaces. All-mountain skiers may choose to make a Frontside ski boot an all-around daily driver, but off-trail chunder and moguls can make for a bumpy ride in these rigidly tuned piste beasts.

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