Atomic Tracker 110 W Boot (2012-13) ReviewOctober 26, 2012
- Comfortable right out of the box
- High-performance stiffness combined with a plush, cozy fit
- Grippy sole is perfect for bootpacking
- Walk mode may come in handy
- Too heavy for any serious backcountry touring
- Too stiff for lightweight or intermediate skiers
Finally, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get a tough, high-performance boot suited for downhill-oriented, big-mountain skiing. Although it’s marketed as an alpine touring boot and it does come with a walk mode and a rubber sole, it’s best for resort skiing and the occasional sidecountry jaunt.
Build similarly to Atomic’s Tracker boot for men, the Tracker 110 W is designed for advanced to expert female skiers who spend most of their time inbounds at resorts but take the occasional tour or bootpack out of the gates.
Finding the right ski boot for you is all about your foot shape and size. If the boot doesn’t fit you right, then all of the boot’s other techy features will be lost on you. If you’ve got a narrow foot and prefer a stiff, nearly race-like flex, then the Tracker 110 W is an excellent choice. It has a forefoot width of 98 millimeters—definitely a narrow, snug fit—and a flex of 110, which means it’s stiff enough to get your carve on.
This is a high performance boot, but it’s cozy literally right out of the box. I never bothered to get the boot worked on by a bootfitter because it fit me so perfectly. A cozy, plush liner makes sliding in and out easy and they kept my feet warm even in a wet Washington storm (a true miracle!).
Heading on a tour? Flip the walk mode on the back of the boot and you’ll notice a subtle ease of movement forward and back. Replaceable rubberized soles help you from slipping on rocks or the cafeteria floor. Lightweight buckles help save weight, but it’s still a pretty heavy boot for long tours. On the downhill, a high cuff and strong flex help you really power and edge the turn on any kind of terrain.