We caught up with Roch Horton of Black Diamond Equipment at the Snow Sports Industry demo show in Copper Mountain, CO. Among the products he showed us was the women’s 2014 Shiva Mx AT/Freeride ski boot -it’s the successor to the popular Shiva boot and offers several improved features. Having a small and difficult foot to fit, there are few boots that work for me. Black Diamond’s Shiva has been by far the most comfortable, high performance alpine touring (pin binding compatible) boot for me to date. It has served me (and held up) well through countless long backcountry tours. The fact that I’m still wearing their first generation boot (circa 2009?) is proof of that. But after seeing the latest model, I think it’s time for a new pair! If you’re in our zone, go try them out at Pro Ski and Guiding in N. Bend, WA (logo link to the right).