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Head Vector 120 Boot


Pros: Very precise, smooth flex, laterally stiff, moderately roomy shell.

Cons: The stock liner is very padded. May affect the feel of the fit at first

I've just spent the last three days on a new pair of Head Vector 120 boots and thought I'd post a review.

I have a fairly large foot (US 10 1/2 to 11) in street shoes and I wear a 27.5 shell in Head boots.  I've been skiing a pair of Head S-13's for the last two seasons and prior to that I was on Tecnica Magnesium Diablos (in a 28.5 shell).  Rather than the stock liner, I'm using an Intuition liner as well as a custom footbed.

The Vector 120 is a "roomy" shell with a 103mm footbed and an interior volume of 2000cc.  Head's other choice in this type of performance boot would be the Raptor series, but shell width and volume don't even come close to working for me in the Raptors. 

The Vector 120 has all the canting and tuning bells and whistles, including something called "Spineflex Alloy Buckles", which look very prehistoric.  These are not regular buckles as you might think of them.  Check them out in the photo below.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to operate and get used to.  This boot also has Head's double power strap system, which I think is the best factory power strap out there.

As to performance, I really just love them. 

They are a bit stiffer in forward flex than the S-13's I've been on, but what I really liked was how smooth and progressive the forward flex on on this boot feels.  It seemed as if I could move completely through the flext range without encountering any sort of hitches or dead spots.  It was extremely easy to bring pressure to the front of the ski and then back off slightly through the turn.  Laterally, these feel precise and powerful.

I'm also very pleased with the comfort, although that isn't necessarily a big surprise because this shell is at least somewhat similar to my S-13's and I was able to simply pull out the stock liners, put in my Intuitions, and go skiing.  No adjustments other than that.  I'm lucky enough to have never really had a problem with cold feet, so my observation here doesn't mean much.  My feet have been more than warm in these (although temps have been pretty warm - high teens to 20's).

Overall, I think it's the best boot I've been on in a long time - maybe ever.  They perform really, really well and I just don't even think about them.  If you have a fairly wide foot, this might be a boot to consider.

The usual disclaimer: I am a mountain rep for Head skis.
Head Vector 120 Boot

Men's alpine ski boot new for 2010 season. 120 flex with adjustments for canting, flex, etc.

Binding Compatibility
Flex Rating
Last (mm)
Liner Material
Micro Adjustable
Model Year
Number of Buckles
Recommended Level
Replaceable soles
Shell Material
Thermo-moldable Liner
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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