Of course we're smiling behind these masks!

Special Ops: Boot Test Team April 2021 Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

This year's ABB Boot Test was accomplished with the help of an agile, experienced team of veteran boot testers who were willing to don masks and spread out in physically-distanced fashion in our mountain-top test center at Mt. Bachelor to stuff their feet into 65 brand new boot models of all varieties. Without brand liaisons in attendance this season and without the typical after-testing social activities, this was an all-business sort of affair but that didn't dissuade these dedicated gear junkies from showing up. We utilized our Bend, Oregon home team to large extent but we had travel-in testers from Colorado, New Mexico and California bolstering our ranks.

Nobody wants to have to ask for anybody's help to get a ski boot on or off, especially in a cold ski area parking lot--unless that's your secret tactic... And certainly serious skiers don't want to have to go in early (toddies anyone?) because their feet hurt or have gone numb from pressure or cold--unless that's your secret tactic! Well, for skiers who want to make a day of it but are tired of being consistently thwarted by demonic boots, our test team has found a batch of boots that are a breeze to deal with, and while being luxuriantly comfy and warm actually still manage to make damn good turns!

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