While the boot's name, Pure Pro 100 has been around for a few years, this season marks a completely new shell and cuff design (new molds) and all-new liner to suit. Testers loved all the changes and also what didn't change. The 100 mm Pure boot was known for its easy going, comfortable fit with lots of faux fur and a little extra toe room, all of which tended to keep it just out of the tip top tier in the performance score categories. The new Pure Pro 100 has kept a lot of the easy: easy on and off, easy to fit without hot spots, easy to stay balanced. But it has upped its game in terms of how its fit is more closely matched to anatomy rather than reliant on liner cushioning. It no longer fits longer--at least not any more than other models in the group. And it transmits movements to the ski with less slop in the liner linkage--testers said that the liner felt married to the interior of the shell for a zero-delay feel for the snow.
Testers also said that the 100's flex feel is changed for the better--a little more substantial than billed but still evenly cushioned along the shin and able to maintain even pressure distribution between shin and tongue throughout the flex range. They said the fore-aft positioning is slightly upright and a little tall feeling on the leg, both of which enhance the feeling of a 100 flex that punches above its weight class. One of our testers with a keen eye for calf room said that while tall on the leg, the flared cuff shape suited a higher volume leg well, and she noted that while a slender legged skier might need to adjust the cuff to its slightly more forward leaning position, the thicker calf would probably do the trick for a perfectly balanced fore-aft stance.
Testers rewarded how this 100-100 fit and skied with four perfect 5.00 scores out of five. The boot skied at the top of every testers ranking list in the medium width All-Mountain category, and as such it was not a surprise that it took the top spot out of 9 very good boots. What did surprise our testers in the end was that the Pure Pro 100 received the highest score in the entire women's test field--and the men's as well. Tip top.