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Head boot recomendations

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have the 2003 year model of the Nordica Beast and was thinking of swapping for Head this year. Any recomendations?

I am a highly skilled all mountain skier and ski instructor and I currently ski on FIS slalom skis. Im not looking for narrow racing boots but for high performance all arround boots for a wide foot. Like the S10.
post #2 of 17
Have you tried the RS100? It is wider and softer than the RD96 but still a race level boot. It has the same fit as the S12 (100 last w/ FCS system) but is a shade stiffer. The S10 is th 103 last (the number is width in mm. at ball of foot) and is softer in flex than the S12, it's a great all mountain boot that performs well for people with wide feet. Some people prefer the S10 liner to the S12.
post #3 of 17
I forgot the MoJo Boot, it's an S12 that is all WHITE and $399 vs. $599. The buckles are a slight step down but flex fit and finish are the SAME.
post #4 of 17
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Thanks whiteroom, just what I neded to hear, someone into Head boots . My foot size is 29,5-30,0 and its very hard to find a shop that carries high end boots that big. Our ski-school has just signed a contract with Head and I get good discount so I was thinking of getting me a pair of head's this year and dump the Nordicas. I never got them to fit, the linear is a joke and they are too stiff. I need more flex it seems. The flex index on the Nordicas are 120-110.

I should have the store order S10's and RS-100 in sizes 29,5 and 30. Then if I go to the Alps this year I can have them make me a pair of foam inner linears.
post #5 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Whiteroom
I forgot the MoJo Boot, it's an S12 that is all WHITE and $399 vs. $599. The buckles are a slight step down but flex fit and finish are the SAME.
Yeah, the rep told me about them on the phone. However, its a "unisex" boot and all the stores carrie just smaller sizes since its mostly women buying them. The prize sounds more than interesting and I will try to find a pair to fit, thanks.
post #6 of 17
Although I don't have much direct experience with Head boots (love the skis though ), I thought I'd just point out that most of their boots have both a hard and softer flex mode, which is controlled by a piece at the back of the boot (where rivets would be on some boots). You unscrew it, then screw it in the other way (not the best description, but it's obvious when you look at it). Head lists both the flexes for the boots if you look at their site.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor
Although I don't have much direct experience with Head boots (love the skis though ), I thought I'd just point out that most of their boots have both a hard and softer flex mode, which is controlled by a piece at the back of the boot (where rivets would be on some boots). You unscrew it, then screw it in the other way (not the best description, but it's obvious when you look at it). Head lists both the flexes for the boots if you look at their site.
Thanks for pointing this out. I have the same system on my Nordicas, thats why they rate them at 120-110. I wonder if the Head rating of 12 for instance is the same as Nordica 120?
post #8 of 17
I ski the RS100. I have a fairly narrow foot. I had to remove all of the FCS plastic to get it to work with my feet and its still very snug. I don't see how a wide foot could fit into the RS100 or the S12/S10 (which I have heard are the same volume as the RS100 when the FCS is removed). I tried the Nordica Beast on last season and that boot seemed to have far more volume than the Head. I'm not sure both boots could properly fit the same foot, but then again, I'm not a boot expert.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by tdk6
Thanks for pointing this out. I have the same system on my Nordicas, thats why they rate them at 120-110. I wonder if the Head rating of 12 for instance is the same as Nordica 120?
Generally boot ratings don't carry over between manufacturers, I wouldn't rely on that very much. The best (and really only decent) way to determine how a boot flexes is to try it on yourself.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Head S8.2

Im bounsing this old thread back up because I still havent found the boots Im looking for. In the Head department Im looking for a 29,5-30,0 boot and its darn close to impossible to find any good Head boots this size. The Mojo doesent come over 28,5 and all the S10 and up are all pre sold!!!! That leaves me with the S8.2 (almost same as the S8, its an Intersport model). Can you guys give me any reccomendations!

http://www.head.com/ski/products.php...reeride&id=272

My current boot is an old Beast but I never found it to suit my skiing style and foot. Too stiff and just a bit to small to make skiing enjoyable. I ski fast but I also teach all levels of skiing and I dont want to swap boots inbetween lessons.
post #11 of 17
I just bought the S12 in 29 or 30. The ski shop had to order it in for me.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Colossus178
I just bought the S12 in 29 or 30. The ski shop had to order it in for me.
Congrats, nice boots. I actually whent to a shop an hour ago and tried both the S10 and the S8.2. They had both boots in size 29,5 and 30. The 30 was a bit big and the 29,5 a bit small . I could not find any big difference between both boots so I have to take my old ones with me tomorrow and do some comparing. I will let you knowe tomorrow. The shop did not carry the S12.
post #13 of 17
If your foot is a 29.5, you should be going about a size smaller than that in the boot. A 28 shell shouldn't be as hard to find, I would think.
post #14 of 17
tdk, if you can get the S10 (assuming that's what you want) in a 29.5, go for that and have it custom fitted as needed - just make sure you have a good boot fitter. If the 30 is too big, it shouldn't need much work at all.

I also noticed on the Head site that the Mojo goes up to a 30.5, so you should be able to get it in the size you need.
post #15 of 17
I ski the S12, I can't remember the size offhand, my shoe size is 10 (so 27 or 28 shell? Can't recall). I have wide feet and with superfeet footbeds (just off the shelf stuff) they fit really well, going to get them punched a bit this season as there are hotspots (unbuckling on lift fixes but if I'm doing a peak to valley run it can get painful).

Wow, the MoJo is an S12 for $200 cheaper? Argh wish I had known that, I'm happy with the S12, but white boot would look pretty cool.
post #16 of 17
FWIW, the Mojo is the S-8 liner in a low frills shell.


SJ..............Head boot dealer.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Sorry guys but the Mojo did not get imported to my country any bigger than 28,5.

My foot is a 12 and I cannot fit it into a 28,8 and not into a 29 eather. I tryed that and it hurts. The 29,5 is the absolute minimum. I want to be able to ski all day and not just half an hour.

Took my "the Beast" boots to the shop yesterday and found out that they are really really stiff!!!! The flex index says 120-110 but compared to the S10 they were hard like a rock. The S10 was flexing really nicely but my Nordicas didnt flex at all. Turns out its like I have been claiming all over this forum for the last 2 years that the 2002-2003 version of the Nordica boot "The Beast" is an entry level race boot. Its deffinetly not a back country and off pist boot and no wonder I have had problems getting my weight forward by flexing my knees.

Im calling off my desire to buy new boots for a while....
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