timberland ladies shoes How We Test
To test boots, we returned to Mt. Bachelor, Ore., last spring and called in the pros from America’s Best Bootfitters and Masterfit University the guys who teach bootfitters how to fit boots to help us evaluate the 2012 offerings. The question we get asked the most? Easy: “Why are all the reviews positive?” The answer is simple. We begin the test only with boots we think are going to be good. Once the skiing starts, boots that don’t meet testers’ standards are eliminated from further review. So what’s left? Just the best of the bunch. Hence the positive comments. In short, we want to write only about the good stuff; if we don’t have anything nice to say, we don’t say anything. Here’s a deeper look at what goes into the test.
A typical test day Testers rise early for the 20 minute drive from their lodging at Mount Bachelor Village Resort to the mountain. Each tester selects a model and swaps in his or her own footbeds. First they evaluate the fit in 12 key zones, then flex, stance, entry exit, hardware, adjustments and features. Then they hit the hill, giving each boot two or three runs. On the test card, they rate it for dynamic balance, edge power, stability at speed, rearward support, agility, snow feel, warmth, comfort, liner quality and even aesthetics. A full day’s work (well, we call it work), covers only about six or seven boots. It’s why we need a lot of testers.