The lightest of our test with the best touring range of motion and rockered, lugged soles, the men's Backcountry Category of ski boots is all about going uphill. But modern men's Backcountry boots ski well enough to handle themselves inbounds if that's where the day takes them, occasionally.

Touring mode range of motion is generally longer than that found on Freeride ski boots, and a rockered, lugged sole and tech binding compatibility enhance the Backcountry boot's natural-feeling stride while touring and hiking. That said, the one limitation to these men's Backcountry ski boots is that they are not compatible with Alpine bindings—A.T. frame style or tech bindings are required here.

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

1. Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130

"A touring boot that provides state of the art all-mountain performance." 

Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130 ski boot


2. Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro

"By far the closest to a true backcountry touring boot that still fits into the side-country group, too. Top choice." 

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro ski boot