Editor’s Pick: Burton Ion Boots ($399)

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Year after year, boot after boot, I keep coming back to the Ion. I don’t have to worry about weeks of painful break-in time-these have a plush, broken-in feel right from the get-go, and it lasts without getting sloppy. The speed lace is simple and streamlined, too. Just slip one on and you’ll forget about the price tag altogether. -N.H.