Scott Superguide Carbon GTX ski boot review, 2017/2018 men's Backcountry Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

For a blend of creature comfort, downhill performance and uphill functionality, look no further than the Scott Superguide Carbon GTX. The ski boot returns this year with a revised cuff release mechanism that's stronger, easier to operate and offers an even more friction-free touring range of motion. "Good edge power and rear support," Orlich commented, and fellow testers agreed. There are other lightweight backcountry ski boots with great touring range of motion, but testers said Scott's Superguide Carbon GTX skis like a real boot thanks to a Grilamid lower with carbon fiber inlays and a carbon upper cuff.

They also said that the Superguide is one of few backcountry boots to fit the foot and lower leg the way a ski boot should—a snug but comfortable anatomical match. "Initial fit and feel are great," said Kuehn. Scott calls the Superguide a 103.5-mm last because they measure the 27 rather than the standard 26, so don't be fooled. This ski boot ain't wide; it's a medium with a contoured fit that matches the curves of the foot.