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AllTrack Pro 100 Ski Boot
Waking up early and being first in line when the lifts open is awesome, but having to steer clear of certain zones or take an early pit stop because your feet hurt puts a cramp in your morning. There'll be no stopping or shying away with Rossignol's AllTrack Pro 100 Women's Ski Boot, a warm and comfortable boot that truly embraces the do-it-all versatility that all-mountain boots are meant to deliver. This AllTrack boasts a reasonable aggressive 100 flex suitable for the beginner to intermediate skiers or riders on the lighter side, and the comfortable-but-precise 100mm last includes a lower cuff and a slimmer footbed to better accommodate women's natural proportions.
The best way to use a boot like this would be to ride first chair to last; that way you can ski fresh tracks in the morning, choppy leftovers around lunch, and whatever you'd call what's left at the end of the day (garbage?). If properly molded by a boot professional, the Optisensor 3D liner will press warm Thinsulate Platinum insulation lined in smooth, soft merino wool. Merino has natural antimicrobial properties for reliable odor-resistance, and it helps with thermal regulation to keep you comfortable on brisk bluebird days and freezing power days.
- All-mountain ski boot fuses power, precision, and hiking
- Moderately aggressive 100 flex suits intermedaite riders
- Comfortable-but-precise, women-specific 100mm last
- Thermal moldable Optisensor 3D liner customizes the fit
- Merino wool and Thinsulate Platinum ensure insulation
- Hike mode makes the walk to the car a little easier
- Compatible with Walk To Ride heel pieces (sold separately)
- Item #ROS00BS
- Q & A
LOVE Backcountry but not these boots
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had some cool old men's Head boots that I liked but when I got my PSIA certification, my examiner said they were too high and stiff for me so my husband, who is my great home/mountain tech and researcher, happily started narrowing down the field for new ones (he loves nothing better than researching and buying ski gear).
I'm an aggressive skier and thought this was my boot but right out of the gate, I was professionally measured, chose what should have been my size and then discovered it runs one full size too large (and according to a terrific tech who runs a ski shop and has decades of experience with most of the big dogs in boots, this problem is systemic in all of the men's and women's AllTracks).
And yet when I went down a size to a good, snug fit, I discovered none of my skis' bindings fit the AllTracks; not even close.
The only time I remember hurting more getting into boots dates back to the 70s when I tried to cram my feet in whatever was on sale that my idiot of a boyfriend said was a good choice, but I have long since wised up, am willing to spend the money and did my research (OK, my husband did the research because although I have a technically oriented mind, it bogs down after several pages of nebulous specs that all promise whatever you wish for).
It hurt so much trying to get into these boots the other day that even with nylons over my ski socks, I barely could do it and I have skied these boots many times. Each foot has to twist--heel going one way and ball of foot the opposite--to get in and it takes many thrusts and pushing outward of the tongue to do it. Meanwhile, my foot is often frozen midway and I am in agony. My feet are original issue and so at 66 I can't blame everything on the AllTracks, but come on, how is it stiff men's boots (and others from the last several years) didn't cause such misery?
The liners have packed out a bit but not enough to explain the heel slop I experience. I did plan to get them custom-fitted but now I'm not sure it's worth it since there are more problems.
The buckles are a bitch to snap closed or release unless your fingers are 1/4" thick and made of steel. My old Head boots had a fold out extension on each of the leg buckles that gave me extra purchase to close them. How I miss that feature!
The walking mode for the AllTracks is a joke. Another great asset of the Heads was they went into walk mode as soon as the bindings were released. I got a decent walk flex with them. To get out of walk mode all I had to do was lock into my bindings, then press my shin against the front of the boot until I heard the click. I screwed up once and forgot to click in and could barely ski. It felt as though someone else's feet were in my boots and whoever owned those feet was not a skier. With the AllTracks, I skied all over the mountain recently before noticing I hadn't put the walk/ski tab down in the ski mode. It made absolutely no difference.
Are AllTracks good boots? Maybe. Are they awful to put on? Yes. And although I wasn't keen on the white fluff at the tops, they at least looked okay new. Not a full season under their belts and the fluff is ratty. Since I ski in leggings way more than pants that cover the tops, there's no reason the fluff looks so crappy.
Backcountry was great throughout, though. And even though I had to return my first AllTracks and ended up buying locally, I have nothing but raves for the BC crew. They kept me laughing and were just delightful and supportive. I just don't think boots are a wise online purchase.
I'm going to shop Dalbello next thanks to the 3-part shell that opens easier and makes for a better entry (plus I know several happy Dalbello owners). But I will also cruise Head to see if there is a chance the features I loved so much and miss so fiercely are available in the new models.
Oh! I also loved my Head power straps so much that I had my husband switch the power straps so my Rossi boots have shiny silver HEAD across the tops (firm believer in "Give me Head til I'm dead"). Stay tuned.