Shock-Absorbing Ski Boots

Huckers and jibbers know that tingling feeling on the feet after a hard landing. Whether you’ve decked out or simply landed on hard-pack snow, Tecnica aims to reduce that below-the-knee pain with its new shock-absorbing inserts.

Incorporated into its high-end boot, the Agent 130, the company added removable shock-absorbing rubber to key areas — namely the calf, shin and foot bed. Plus, the boot has a lux fur-fleece lining.

Tecnica Agent 130

Tecnica’s expert-oriented boot is stiff for precise control. But it uses soft, shock-absorbing rubber to dampen hard landings. Each rubber insert, which are incorporated into the lining of the boot and the insole, is adjustable and secures via a Velcro-type material.

Shock absorbing shin insert

With its dampening technology, also available in less-stiff Tecnica boots, the Agent series could help keep you in the terrain park longer. But if you’re a Bigfoot, you’re out of luck. The company only makes the boots in half sizes up to men’s 11.5.

The Tecnica Agent 130 is currently available for $835. www.tecnicausa.com

—Ryan Dionne

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.