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Adapt Edge 110

Head

2015

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price$600

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110/100

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

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MSRP: $600.00

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We allowed each brand one bonus entry, provided it was a softer, less expensive model. Head‘s was the only softie to medal against the big boys. It topped the cat- egory for best entry and exit. It fits wide, with massive room around the foot and an open-for-business cuff. Its 110 flex index may be a little puffed up, but testers said it didn‘t fold. Mark Elling: “A slipper/shred- der. Soft flex, but it puts ‘em on edge.“

Vector 125

Head

2015

price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVEL

FLEX125/115

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH101mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

MSRP: $650.00

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This conservatively dressed sleeper teams luxuriant comfort with surprising perfor- mance. Testers loved its easy entry as much as they did its all-conditions ripping. Closure is especially slick thanks to Headâ

Raptor 130 RS

Head

2015

price$750

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH96mm

SIZES23.0-30.5

MSRP: $750.00

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This boot earned the most best-of-test accolades. It's dead-on for accomplished skiers who spend lots of time on firm snow driving stiff, narrow-waisted skis. They'll appreciate the power and sensitivity of the Raptor. Its solid sole, rigid boot board, and firm liner combine for one purpose: to forcefully transmit skier movements to the ski. Blaylock: “It drove with pinpoint precision and held me perfectly in every spot."

Progressor 13 Vacuum

Fischer

2015

price$950

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES22.5-29.5

MSRP: $950.00

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Fischer added its unique Vacuum custom- shell process to the Progressor 13. Testers said it fits and skis just fine even without custom molding. Flex is smooth and long— softer than most 130s but allowing natural and balanced ankle flexion. It‘s got a close fit around the foot that flares to a more open boot top, and it slices reliable arcs on all manner of terrain. Stewart: “Lots of functional travel without sacrificing feel.“

Lupo 110

Dalbello

2015

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price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98 mm

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MSRP: $800.00

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Testers called this the best three-piece boot in the test. The flex feel is fluid and progressive and packs more punch than its rating indicates. Like many of Dalbello‘s three-piece constructions, it grew stiffer and stronger the tighter it was buckled. The closure and tight connection to the ski made it a great companion for testers with slender lower legs. Mark Elling: “A strong 110 with a burly hike-mode switch.“

Panterra 120

Dalbello

2015

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price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100

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MSRP: $650.00

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Three words: no speed limit. Testers gave the Panterra a double thumbs-up for its solid blend of comfort and power in a three-piece shell construction. The tight- wrapping cuff and stout external tongue transmit movement efficiently. With its ample width and a roomy fit over the top of the foot, it‘s a haven for thick-footed guys seeking high performance. Holmquist: “Light, responsive, consistent.“

Viper 120

Dalbello

2015

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price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100 mm

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The Viper 120 does everything well, but with its classic design and looks, it‘s easy to overlook. Testers say it‘s a top medium- width boot. It fits well without tight or sloppy spots. With its spoiler removed, it‘s one of the better big-guy/big-calf options. And it‘s a good value for bigger, stronger skiers; many testers gave it high stiffness scores. Wiksten: “Wasn‘t the only one who found it as stiff as a lot of the 130s.“

Hawx 2.0 120

Atomic

2015

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price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.5-29.5+30.5+31.5

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This year‘s Hawx is a different bird, with changes that helped it fly higher on the results sheet. There‘s more room at the toe and over the midfoot. The shell features Memory Fit heat-moldability. The signature flex zones have been relocated to the sole, allowing subtler pressure control without loss of lateral and torsional stability. Testers said the edge power was plenty solid. Brian Elling: “I‘m stealing this boot.“

Redster Pro 130

Atomic

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES24.5-29.5

MSRP: $800.00

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The latest Redster shakes off its struggle with bipolar fit. It's more even-keeled—nicely snug in the heel and ankle, just roomy enough at the forefoot. It also sports a more robustly padded liner, as well as new heat-moldable shell technology. Thankfully, it retains its edge-to-edge agility and solid command when railing at speed. Gleason: “It's built to attack, with fine-tuned carving ability."

Viola

Volkl

2015

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rating3.11

price$825

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.31 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.19 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.36 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.11 / 5
Overall: 
3.11 / 5
Flotation: 
1.71 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH74mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST123-74-95

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS141. 148. 155. 162

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MSRP: $825.00
RATING: 3.11 / 5

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