Best Intermediate Boot
K2 Recon

There are plenty of reasons to want a lightweight alpine ski boot. Not everyone agrees with this, and some claim that reduced weight comes at the expense of responsiveness and durability. While  durability can’t yet be accounted for in K2’s brand new Recon boot, it certainly holds up in maneuverability. Next to the much-celebrated Atomic Hawx, K2’s Recon series are some of the lightest boots on the slopes.

One of K2’s main goals in the Recon was to make a boot that was easier to get on your foot (this drive for innovation can also be seen on some of the best K2 skis). To achieve this they incorporated a little softer plastic around the entry point of the boot, allowing some give to the already very thin shell. But thin doesn’t mean weak. Their precision orientation means Recon boots hang with the burliest boots in comparable flex levels. 

Both the liner and shell are heat moldable, the boots themselves are notably slim. The boots incorporate a satisfying amount of cuff into the flex action through the use of their energy interlock. It helps spread the stress across the whole back of the boot without the use of rivets, which tend to create hotspots when flexed aggressively.

If they do hold up as well as your traditional high-performance boot, they present an exciting new possible standard for gear across the industry. But skepticism is abound, and only time will truly tell if K2 can truly pull off the paradoxically burly-yet-lightweight boot.

Our Overall Review

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

4

Things we like:

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    Very impressively light alpine boot
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    Easy to get your foot in the boot even when the plastic is stiff
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    Exciting possibility for the future of downhill ski boots

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThere’s a lot of skepticism regarding its long-term durability

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Specs & Features

  • Flex Range: 100-130
  • Last: 98/100
  • Mondo: 24.5-30.5 (Half Sizes)
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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

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Very impressively light alpine boot
  • check-mark
    Easy to get your foot in the boot even when the plastic is stiff
  • check-mark
    Exciting possibility for the future of downhill ski boots

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThere’s a lot of skepticism regarding its long-term durability

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