Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130 ski boot review, 2017/2018 men's Backcountry Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

Tight, evenly tight. Sorta like Bond, James Bond. That's how this boot fits—like a tailored dinner jacket with a suppressed Walther PPK in the inside chest pocket. Sophisticated but badass—Spartan and connected to the shell yet well-shaped and ergonomic—the Hawx Ultra XTD 130 boot from Atomic hit the fit bullseye for our test team, right between minimalist and humanist. "Felt agile compared to other Backcountry boots, and everything fit great," said Orlich.

Testers sung the Hawx Ultra XTD 130's praises as having a resilient, energetic flex feel, a snappy return to center in between turns and found it to be strong and undeterred through a variety of mank and mung. They claimed this ski boot skied almost as well as the pinned-cuff Hawx Ultra 130, and they thought it toured as well as the lighter weight Atomic Backland. "A touring boot that provides state of the art all-mountain performance," said Gleason. Maybe the core on-area/off-area guy really doesn't need two boots—wow, what a concept!