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Atomic Hawx Ultra

In terms of breakthrough ski boots, the Atomic Hawx Ultra is right there alongside the Salomon Shift binding. These boots cater to this growing market of single quiver riders who want to split their time between the resort and the backcountry. But the Hawx line isn’t just a hybrid touring boot. There’s a Hawx model for nearly every demographic that would be interested in a lightweight performance boot. 

Indeed, Atomic didn’t release a dedicated touring version of the Hawx Ultra until an entire season after its frontside debut. It’s an excellent alpine ripper that performs up to the standards of other topline boots, and has minimal bulk great for people who want a little more freedom while jibbing. 

If your local resort’s best lines require an inbounds bootpack, your boots will never be the thing that holds you back. The Hawx boot line also comes in special high-volume “Magna” sizing so people with notoriously difficult feet don’t miss out on the fun. 

Let it be said that the Hawx Ultra is not going to deliver the same results as a heavy race boot, but it gets pretty close despite weighing as much as your given dedicated touring boot. If you come from an aggressive race background and love that style of skiing, this factor is definitely worth considering. It has an interesting fit, and is marketed as a “low-volume” boot, with a little more length in the toe box than some riders might be used to. 

Standard for boots of this quality, the shell and liner are heat moldable, the touring model uses a more resilient liner that’s built to withstand the wear of hours in walk mode; all liners are have a pivot point that allows for a smooth walk appropriate for a ski boot that weighs as much as your average hiking boot. The Hawx Ultra truly leads the pack in the lightweight performance category.

If you’re looking for skis just as cutting edge as the Hawx Ultra, check out this list of some of the best Atomic skis

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Things we like:

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    Top of class in the freetour category
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    The XTD is a great hybrid boot that nails the resort and backcountry profile
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    Also a great lightweight alpine boot

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIt can be difficult to find depending on the season

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Specs & Features

  • Flex Range: 70-130
  • Last: 99mm
  • Mondo: 24-29.5
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Top of class in the freetour category
  • check-mark
    The XTD is a great hybrid boot that nails the resort and backcountry profile
  • check-mark
    Also a great lightweight alpine boot

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIt can be difficult to find depending on the season

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