The 2021/2022 Scott Cosmos was tested in the men’s Backcountry category by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
The completely rebuilt Cosmos lurked about in its half-brother Cosmos Tour’s shadow at this year’s boot test but busted out in the end as a sleeper performance model that offers backcountry skiers great bang for the buck. As with the Tour, testers liked Cosmos for its snug anatomical fit and straightforward entry and closure system. Testers said they could run it up and down any slope for reliable, comfortable performance.
Testers agreed that the Cosmos does not fit as its 103.5mm last width would suggest, though it fit slightly more relaxed than Cosmos Tour due to liner differences. They say it remains an average medium fit and they liked that, and the even more-cushioned (than Cosmos Tour) contact the full-thermo liner made with the foot and leg. They did agree that it fits a little shorter than average, so skiers in between sizes already may want to opt for the upsize for improved toe room while touring. The cuff fit flared nicely at boot top for a muscular calf and testers said the cuff’s height was ideal and its stance angles neutral.
Several of our testers simply wrote see Cosmos Tour for the performance section of the Cosmos—that’s good news for good skiers who could use an extra hundred bucks! The Cosmos line-up has a noticeably high internal ramp angle that worked well for testers who typically add a heel lift to their set-up. The Cosmos’s 110 flex did a good job of maintaining leg shaft angles while descending, offering good support in smooth terrain and soft snow. Testers noted that the side-to-side set-up was neutral and comfortable in all conditions, allowing for reliable arcs as intended on the way down. As with the Cosmos Tour, the Cosmos’s cuff release range of motion is wide and smooth of stride and tester like the simplicity and strength of the Rear Hook release mechanism.
The Cosmos sports all the BC goodies needed: rockered and lugged Vibram outsole, Dynafit certified tech inserts, dual pull loop and speed-laced full thermo tongue style liner, and two lower buckles, two upper cuff buckles plus a Velcro power strap—very real boot like, which we like.