Our test team busts out the well-tuned carvers when we test Frontside Boots and we try to test in the morning on fresh groomed snow. In late March and April it's not uncommon to find melt-freeze boiler plate for the first runs of the day, and that's the perfect time to feel just how transmissive the Frontside category is. With typically solid sole, overlap construction, Frontsiders aren't World Cup race (plug) boots, but they're certainly race-bred enough for most all-mountain skiers who think they might jump in a course once in a while. Rigid bootboards and firm liners give these boots a reactive, strong feel on the hardest snows, and the best of the category make your sharp edges feel laser-honed.
This year there were only two entries in the Frontside category--both from Head. Normally we wouldn't waste our timing creating a Best Of list for only two boots, but this is a special case. They were two of the highest scoring boots of the entire test, so we're going to make an exception.
MEN'S BEST FRONTSIDE BOOTS OF 2021-2022
WOMEN'S BEST FRONTSIDE BOOTS OF 2021-2022