There are a number of different lasts available in ski boots, but 100mm last boots are the most popular and best selling nearly across the board. The reason for this? Boots with a 100mm last usually have the most R&D put into developing them while being loaded with the latest comfort and performance features that manufacturers have to offer. The width and fit of 100mm last boots are typically available in a variety of flexes for the strong intermediate all the way up to hard charging expert. Most companies start boots in this category at a 90mm flex and lead all the way up to the flagship model at a 130 flex. The vast majority of these boots also have the ability to be customized for your foot and your skiing style, so these boots generally are a favorite for bootfitters to customize.
With so many stellar options and styles out there, it’s tough to pick out only five to highlight – so we chose six instead! These are the six 2018 100mm last boots that impressed us the most:
Here Are Our Top Picks:
Atomic Hawx Prime 110
The Atomic Hawx Prime 110 features the Memory Fit Shell, which can be customized in only about a half hour’s time by having a bootfitter heat the shell in a special oven before setting on your feet. As the shell cools, it starts to mold and shape to your foot. Atomic’s Sole Flex Technology uses ribs along the forefoot that delivers a natural flex and improves your balance. 3M Thinsulate Insulation in the Memory Fit 3D Gold Liner keeps you extra warm with additional customization options.
Tecnica Mach 1 120 MV
Tecnica’s Mach1 120 MV is quickly becoming a favorite boot for bootfitters everywhere. The CAS (Custom Adaptive Shape) uses dimples in the shell (think like a golf ball) that allow a bootfitter to easily shape the shell with the proper tools. The CAS Liner also has the ability to be punched, ground down and heated for a perfect fit across the heel and ankle pocket. Tecnica’s i-Rebound Construction uses metal on metal connection points to deliver forward flex resistance and a tremendous amount of rebound.
Lange RX 120
The Lange RX 120 has had a bit of an overhaul this season. A new thicker shell takes a page from Lange’s race department to enhance energy transmission and power. A wider toe box will improve comfort and balance. The new Dual Core Construction also increases power and reduces twisting on the sole of the boot to enhance responsiveness. A Natural Stance stands more upright to allow for more efficient skiing on modern skis with rocker and sidecuts. The Dual 3D Pro Liner has a precise fit that can be heat molded for a customized fit.
Nordica Speedmachine 120
Last season, the Nordica Speedmachine 120 made a triumphant return and came packed with the latest and greatest from Nordica. Nordica’s 3D Cork Fit Liner utilizes cork in the heel and ankle pockets that can be molded and shaped to provide heel retention and comfort. The new Tri-Force Construction uses reinforcements on the sole and spine of the Speedmachine to drive extra power and energy towards your skis. The Infrared Customizable Shell can be heated with a special lamp, then an air compressor can expand the shell for a dialed-in fit. The Primaloft insulation in the liner does a fantastic job of keeping your feet warm too.
Salomon X-Pro 100
The Salomon X-Pro 100 utilizes the 360 Degree Custom Shell Technology to allow an Authorized Salomon Dealer to customize the shell for you in less than an hour. Salomon’s 24mm Oversized Pivot is becoming a trademark of Salomon’s performance-mindedness. This burly connection between the upper cuff and lower shell does a great job of transferring power. The Twin Frame 2 Construction uses a stronger and lighter plastic on the sole of the boot that improves responsiveness by reducing the torsional twisting on the shell.
Dalbello Panterra 120
The Dalbello Panterra 120 is a strong boot that holds its own, both inbounds and out. The Hike/Ski Mechanism creates a wide range of rearward motion for both easy hiking and skinning. Dalbello’s VVF (Variable Volume Fit) adjusts the width of the shell by making an easy adjustment to the buckle closest to the toe. New to the Panterra 120 this season is the My Fit Shell, which allows it to be heated and molded to your foot. Another cool new feature with the Panterra 120 is the Irfran shell that is lighter than ever before without compromising any performance.
Are These The Right Boots for You?
Finding the correct fit for your foot is paramount to maximizing your performance on the slopes. Having a boot too narrow for your foot will decrease your balance, and having a boot that is too wide for your foot you will lessen the amount of control you have over the skis. Here at SKIS.com, we want to help you find the correct length and width as easy as painless as possible. To most accurately find the correct size ski boot you need, please consult our Ski Boot Sizing Guide. We also offer this instructional video to help you make an educated purchase when shopping for ski boots.
What Are Your Other Options?
One of the biggest trends lately from ski boot manufacturers is the production of 102mm last high performance ski boots that come with the same technologies that are used in the 100mm last models. Options like the Nordica Sportmachine, Lange SX and Atomic Hawx Magna offer top-end liners, powerful flexes and many of the other bells and whistles that you can find in the flagship models, but with a slightly wider fit that is more accommodating for many people.
For more details on all of the aforementioned ski boots please come visit us at SKIS.com.