Salomon RS Carbon Skate Boot - $179.97

You might not be able to buy results, but racing in the Salomon RS Carbon Skate Boot definitely won't hurt your podium potential. With a host of trickle-down technology from Salomon's venerable S-Lab skate series, the RS Carbon strikes an equilibrium between comfort and power. To achieve this, the boot uses the S-Lab's hallmark comfort traits like the 3D Energyzer cuff, Quicklace lacing system, Sensifit overlap construction, and heat moldable customization. Together, these engineering features create race-day levels of lateral ankle support, a complete enveloping interface between the foot and the boot, and a precise fore and aft positioning that reduces leg and ankle fatigue. And, while these attributes directly equate to comfort, the RS Carbon's SNS Pilot 2 Carbon Pro outsole and Carbon Skating Plate chassis deliver the speed. This carbon fiber pairing provides one of Salomon's most efficient transfers of power, while the Energyzer cuff's spring retention lifts the ski in order to minimize tip drag and to accelerate ski return. And perhaps most surprisingly, the RS Carbon matches the S-Lab's weight of 1200 grams per pair. Name a performance platform, and the RS Carbon delivers on it. - $179.97