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Hawx Magna 130

Atomic

2017

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rating21.75

price$725

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.75 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHWide

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Though massively roomy, the Magna's not boxy. It has an anatomically accurate shape for the normal parts of a foot and leg, just on a larger scale. Testers found decent heel hold and ankle grip. It's surprisingly quick edge-to-edge and ultra strong on all manner of snow surfaces. Holmquist: "Slipperlike comfort with good balance and a firm flex. A high- performance boot for the thick-footed guy."

Hawx Ultra 130

Atomic

2017

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rating21.82

price$850

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Overall Impression: 
21.82 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

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Here's one of the biggest and best surprises of the test, a lightweight, compact boot that meets or beats the current fit and performance standard bearers. The new Hawx Ultra provides a shocking amount of extra room in the toe box despite a sole length that's five mm shorter than average. It skis strong, snappy, and agile. Gabriel: "Race-boot power and no slop. I'm a better skier in this boot."

RS 120 SC

Lange

2017

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rating21.71

price$700

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Overall Impression: 
21.71 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX120

GENDERMale

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The RS 120 might be the most decorated women's boot in the past half-decade of testing. Expect snugness all over. You might need some bootfitter help, but what a return you get. Perfectly balanced, the RS is "confidence inspiring" with precision steering and edge power. And with sizes down to 21.5 and up to 28.5, it's an everywoman winner. Johnson: "Snug fit, athletic stance, and tons of energy."

Speedmachine 130

Nordica

2017

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rating21.67

price$799

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.67 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Here's the rare sequel that exceeds expectations. The all-new Speedmachine 130 is lighter, stronger, more comfortable, and easier to get on and off than its predecessor. The liner is contoured and pillowy but not sloppy. Despite its light weight and cushioned feel, testers said its power to the edge and stability at speed were shockingly good. Stewart: "Smoothly contoured every-where, cushioned and comfy without slop. A well-centered feeling with strong edge command."

RX130LV

Lange

2017

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rating21.67

price$850

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.67 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

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The RX returns as one of testers' very favorite boots. Lange knows what works for real skiers: anatomical fit; neutral, balanced stance; no-gimmicks performance. The combination of snug fit, lively flex feel, and lateral and torsional rigidity in both the cuff and the lower makes it a joy to ski anywhere on the mountain. Kipp: "The performance feel of a race boot in an easy-to-fit form."

Hawx Ultra 110 W

Atomic

2017

rating21.60

price$725

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.60 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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Despite its smaller-than-average boot-sole length, the Hawx Ultra somehow manages to supply a little extra length, width, and height for the toes while maintaining category-standard narrowness elsewhere. Nice trick. It uses stiff and thin Grilamid in the cuff for a lighter weight and a snappy resilient, powerful feel. The Power shift mechanism effectivley tweaks forward lean stiffness, but most testers like it as is. Globis: "Glovelike, comfy fit with sensitive feel for the snow and an appealing look."

Mach1 130 MV

Tecnica

2017

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rating21.59

price$840

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.59 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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At a time when many medium-width boots achieve "comfort" by being too roomy, Tecnica creates comfort and performance through a more anatomical shape. Bravo. From the inside to the outside of the liner and to the closely mated shell shape, careful attention is paid to matching the contours of the foot and lower leg. Testers noted confidence-inspiring accuracy and power through all terrain and snow conditions. Rafferty: "Hugs and snugs all the right places for a medium-volume fit and good power to the edge."

Vector Evo 130

Head

2017

rating21.59

price$800

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.59 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Somebody found a gym and turned into a ripped stud. The new Vector Evo sports a new, stiffer-plastic shell (now it's a legit 130 flex) and a robust new liner that fits real skiers. It's a touch on the strong/snug side of the medium-fit target, but testers were fine with that. More than a few said they would consider abandoning their narrow-fit rides for the Evo 130's blend of strength, agility, and comfort. Crumpler: "It's almost too comfy, considering how strong it skied. Pretty hard to beat."

Allspeed Elite 130

Rossignol

2017

rating21.57

price$850

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.57 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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The Elite 130 is ready, willing, and able to tackle all terrain and snow challenges with a lightweight but powerful feel on edge. The upright cuff quickly engages the ski tip with just the slightest of moves to the boot front. Testers felt the 130 flex index was right on target, with a firm but springy feel from turn to turn. It fits tight, as a 98-mm last should, but without pressure points or hot spots. Kipp: "Powerful to the edge, with plenty of support all around. Responds quickly to input. Fun to ski."

Allspeed Pro 120

Rossignol

2017

rating21.57

price$700

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.57 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Testers said this is how a high-performance, medium-width boot should fit. It's snug at the ankle and heel for strong power transmission. It's a touch relaxed over the forefoot, providing better warmth and reducing the chance of numbing nerve impingement. A bit of open space at the toe box and calf provides comfort and allows it to fit a variety of foot shapes. The cushioned, progressive flex begs the pilot to bang out short turns and hammer the bumps. Gabriel: "Creamy smooth and well balanced, with catlike reflexes."

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