The answer to your prayers.
You could submit yourself to years of torture at the hands of sadistic stepsisters while you wait for your ski-boot dreams to be answered by a fairy godmother, or you could just slip your dainty paw into the Tecnica Mach1 105 MV Women's Ski Boot, leave your stepsisters in the lodge, and go have fun. The moderately wide, moderately stiff Mach1 is made for all-mountain adventures, and it's easy to get on and off, too, because Tecnica designed it with a Quick Instep panel, a flexible piece of plastic right at the overlap to take the pain and struggle out of parking-lot donning and doffing.
The fit is fairy-tale good, because the Mach1 features C.A.S. (Custom Adaptive Shape) technology in the shell, liner, and bootboard. Basically, they've all been constructed to allow maximum customization, so you (or better yet, a qualified booter) can grind out problem areas in the shell, shave the bootboard down to improve alignment, and heat-mold the Women's Ultrafit Primaloftliner in a snap. Improved fit means improved comfort and performance, so you can make the most of the medium-width 100mm last and medium-volume (hence the"MV" moniker) fit. The Mach1 locks down via four micro-adjustable aluminum buckles and a 35mm power strap, and it handles treacherous parking lots and staircases with a grippy bi-material sole, so getting to the lift isn't the sketchiest part of your day.
- C.A.S. shell
- C.A.S. Women's Ultrafit Primaloft heat-moldable liner
- Quick Instep design
- Four aluminum buckles
- C.A.S bootboard
- Bi-material sole
- 35mm power strap
- Item #TEC001K
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these boots for my wife as her old boots, Rossignol Bandits, were uncomfortable and too tight in the calf region. These boots were comfortable straight out of the box with no weird pressure points. Performed well in the first week of skiing. She is extremely happy with the purchase and excited to use these for seasons to come.
THE Freeride Boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The womens' Mach1 105 Freeride boot is the gold standard for women who want a high performance ski boot. There are small tweaks to this boot that make it specific for a female (like a lower cuff) but with enough beef to it that you don't need to switch into a men's boot for a more heavy duty flex. I was previously in Tecnica's race boot, but I was very happy to switch into this boot just for the sole alone- race boot soles are slick as snot and these boots have grip to them for scrambling around on rocks/hiking and better grip for snowmobile-skiing. Plus, it's easier to walk across parking lots in these boots ;-)
I made the small modification of switching to a Booster strap for more direct power transfer.
The fit is like a normal ski boot, I don't know why it's saying above that it runs small.