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K2 Minaret 100 Women's Ski Boot Review

K2 Women's MInaret Ski Boot

When it comes to skiing the boot is by far the trickiest of all the gear you'll buy. An uncomfortable boot can force you off the mountain and just about out the of the sport completely if you let it. While getting yourself into the right boot can make a huge difference both in performance and in taking back the pure pleasure of the sport.

This season I've been sporting the K2 Minaret 100. It's new for the 2014/2015 season and is K2's first ever women's freeride boot. It is said to be the equivalent of the men's K2 Pinnacle and would satisfy an intermediate to advanced skier. Overall, I've been thrilled with this boot. I had specific wants and needs as I shopped around and did quite a bit of researching and comparing, so if you'll indulge me I'd like to break it down for you.

The Minaret presents a 100 flex. This is basically the overall stiffness of the boot. As far as K2 women's boots go, they start at an 80 flex making it soft and generous with the most rigid flex coming in at a 110 flex. I found the Minaret 100 comes is the happy medium. This boot keeps up with a more aggressive skier yet it's something your feet can stay happy in when you're out all day long.

This boot can be compared to the K2 Women's SpYre 110 according to it's ability to aggressively tackle downhill skiing, but it is set apart by it's touring capabilities. On the back of the boot there is a little lever that can be popped up by a ski pole to put it into walking mode. Right as I pop that lever I immediately have noticed the boot becomes a little looser especially in the heel area to make hiking a possibility. Then you simply lock the lever back down to go downhill. I love that this boot is all about the downhill, but can handle itself on short tours.

The Minaret is equipped with an intuition liner. So you can heat those babies up and have them molded right to your foot for an exact fit. I skied this boot once before I had them molded just so I could tell you if I thought the intuition liners were really that big of deal. Let me tell you this, they most definitely are. Before I had the liners molded the fit felt entirely too tight and uncomfortable. I had mine molded by my local ski ship and the next time I went out my toes were able to breath again. The intuition liners are an absolute must, plus they keep the boot little warmer.

Now can we talk about the idea of three buckles and a power strap as opposed to the traditional four buckles? This part of the boot worked in my favor. My calves tend to be more muscular than thin so having a little more flexibility at the the top of the boot right near my calf was much more comfortable for me than any four buckle boot I've worn. I did notice I had to be specific as to where I placed the tongue as I was buckling up. It took playing around with the boot before I could learned where it's most comfortable for me.

Lastly, it's pleasing design, detail and color had me at hello. And I'm not the only one who enjoyed this boot. Here it is bragging about itself in Powder Magazine's Buyers Guide.

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About the Author

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy is a wannabe athlete. As a Utah native and skier she’s a born powder hound and will steal your line if you’re not careful. In the summertime you can find her trail running, swimming in a lake and cycling her way around Cache Valley. Lindy Graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and enjoys writing about all her adventures and misadventures.

Lindy with daughter

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