Scott Celeste III ski boot review, 2017/2018 women's Backcountry Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

Hard chargers will not be disappointed with how the full-Grilamid Scott Celeste III skis, testers relayed, citing an easy roll side to side for predictable edging on both fat and skinny skis. However, it was its blend of comfort, performance, uphill functionality (and good looks, too) that put the Celeste III in the top group of Backcountry category ski boots for our women's test team. "Comfort, performance and looks in equally good measure here," said Zuber. "Solid performer."

This year's Scott Celeste version comes with a redesigned cuff release and lock mechanism that provides a more solid connection between lower shell and cuff but also reduces friction in the cuff's travel fore and aft in hike mode. "Significant support in forward flex and a great balanced stance," Powderly commented. Testers appreciated the Celeste III's straightforward entry, closure and evenly medium fit on the foot. While Scott calls it a 103.5-mm last, they measure the 27 here rather than the standard reference size 26, so bear in mind this is a medium, not a wide. Testers said the flex feel was a little shy of the 120 billing but far from collapsing.