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2010 Head Vector 120 Boot Review

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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.
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1. I would be interested in your thoughts with the stock liner. Did you try to ski that? 

2. Along with the great powerstrap, Head has probably the best buckle design with the "double power buckles", they should at least have it on all of their woman's boots. 
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

1. I would be interested in your thoughts with the stock liner. Did you try to ski that? 

2. Along with the great powerstrap, Head has probably the best buckle design with the "double power buckles", they should at least have it on all of their woman's boots. 

I put the stock liner back in this morning and skied that for about 15,000 vertical feet of mixed terrain and conditions.

The stock liner has not been worn, so it was not compacted at all and was a pretty tight squeeze for my foot when compared to the Intuitions/footbeds that I've worn for two years (about 200 days of skiing).  I had to back the buckles off a couple of notches on the upper buckles and actually didn't even close to two lower buckles.

Aside from that, they seemed to ski the same.  I *might* say that the stock liner was a bit "squishier" than the Intuitions, but that might also just be my imagination.  Overall, I'd have to say they skied pretty much the same.  I would say from past experience, however, that I would probably pack out the stock liner relatively quickly.
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Although we all agree aesthetics carry little weight , the boot is damn god looking ! I looked at this boot a couple of days ago when my daughter was getting some boot work done. Really sharp looking prodct . Didn't know it was a larger volume boot.
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 Bob

How is the volume in the ankle and instep areas? Also, does the spoiler adjust/remove?
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 Bump for Bob.
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Those are some wild buckles.....the double power buckles should be the standard design for all buckles everywhere....they are that good.
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 Bob

How is the volume in the ankle and instep areas? Also, does the spoiler adjust/remove?

I have Intuition liners and I find the fit in the ankle and instep to be firm but not painful.  I should probably mention that I ski with my boot buckles moderately loose but I find there's just no slop anywhere in the fit.

I honestly don't know about the spoiler.  I *think* it's adjustable/removable, but I really don't know.  I'll look at them tomorrow and see if I can tell you.

Sorry to be so vague, but I'm kind of the stereotypical put-em-on-buckle-em-up-and-go-ski person.  I have never been into micro-fitting my ski boots.  That's probably one explanation (among many) for why I'm so lackluster in our race league.
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