6. Salomon Quest 14 boots
Alpine touring boots like these work with bindings that let you unlock your heel to ski-hike uphill so you can go places the lifts don’t. Pop your heels and switch to walk mode and you’re off to secret runs and untouched powder.
get-gadget Removable shin plate for dialing in fit. Rubber soles ($50) can be switched in for grip in beer-soaked lodges.
TIRED Those soles can stick in bindings. $750, Salomon Quest