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OUR TAKE Looks can be de­ceiv­ing. Yes, the Hawx has four-buckle, over­lap con­struc­tion—it charges, and drives skis fat­ter than 100mm with ease—but it’s no con­ven­tional alpine boot. It sports 54 de­grees of an­kle ar­tic­u­la­tion in walk mode, which felt ac­cu­rate when we opened the buck­les and loos­ened the liner. That com­bi­na­tion of down­hill and up­hill prow­ess al­lowed our testers to tackle big­ger ob­jec­tives—like the Four­teen­ers Sun­light, Cas­tle, and Quandary Peaks in Colorado—which re­quire long ap­proaches and nifty ski­ing.

THE DE­TAILS The shell is the tallest in the test; our charg­ers loved the added power, but big-calved skiers felt pinched. Testers lauded the mem­ory-fit liner, which is heat­mold­able and ma­chine-wash­able, for be­ing comfy out of the box. The Hawx Ul­tra XTD is also avail­able in more for­giv­ing 120 and 100 flex op­tions for men, and 90 for women (we didn’t test these mod­els).

TRAIL CRED “I didn’t have time to mold the Hawx be­fore a four-day trip in Colorado’s Chicago Basin,” one tester says. “My feet were fine, even af­ter more than 25 to­tal miles and roughly 10,000 feet of gain. Due to snowmelt, I even hiked 4 miles out in them. My feet were warm, but blis­ter-free.” $950 (w’s $850); 6 lbs. 4 oz. (26.5); m’s 24-29.5, w’s 22-27.5;

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