The defining feature of the men's Freeride Category is hike, or walk, mode, which used to pigeonhole 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.

Scroll through the list below to see tester sentiments for the season's most impressive men's Freeride ski boots, dubbed Editors' Choice winners by our equipment experts at Bootfitters.com, powered by Masterfit. Click through on the boot name to read more about each of our favorite ski boots. 

1. Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn

"Finally! A hike mode boot made equally functional for skiing and hiking. Game on!" 

Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn ski boot

 

2. Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

"Like a magical Anaconda squeezing your foot and boosting your skiing ability."

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 ski boot

 

3. Lange XT Freetour 130 LV

"Traditional ski boot feel with exceptional freeski and touring capabilities."

Lange XT Freetour 130 LV ski boot

 

4. Rossignol Track 130

"The stance is 3D neutral. The flex is supportive. Everything feels fluid. Basically, hell yeah!"

Rossignol Track 130 ski boot

5. Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130

"Quick in the trees and powerful on the groomers. Excellent balance and feel."

Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130 ski boot

6. Dalbello Lupo Factory

"Excellent edge power and support—can work the ski as needed."

Dalbello Lupo Factory ski boot