Rossignol Pure Elite 120

Model Year
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
Flex Index
Price (MSRP)

The Rossignol flagship, narrow women's All-Mountain model has created a bit of a niche in the last several years among our crew--testers have come to expect a graphically stunning boot (be it luxuriant fur, sophisticated accents or flashy wall colors) that also happens to shock with how strongly it skis. The Pure Elite 120 has been a boot skied by the best athletes on the hill but also committed intermediates that are looking for a step-up without hampering their fun with the status quo. Add the fire engine red coloration and let's include confident to the mix of adjectives that describe the current Pure Elite 120 skier--you better either ski as good as this boot looks or think you ski as good as this boot looks when you click into your bindings.

Our testers were very impressed with the Pure Elite 120 last year and that didn't change at this year's test, nor should it have, as the boot returned to the test unchanged as well. Last year testers were immediately drawn to the vibrant red cosmetic (we said then, like hummingbirds to a feeder) and after skiing it made it the object not just of their affection but also of their attempted thievery. When testers were thwarted in their larcenous plans at the end of our test period a few of them went out and bought the boot for themselves--know that this act is borderline heresy for ski industry veteran insiders who can usually finagle an angle on equipment freebies or at the very least steep discounts--and we think that paints a very clear picture of the allure of this boot. Voting with one's dollars may be more telling than giving high scores.

All that hype aside, this is just a ski boot after all, and that's one of the things that testers like--for all its flash, it still fits right, stands right and skis right. Testers gave its stance angles a perfect score and a near-perfect 4.83 for Edge Power as well as its Convenience, Warmth & Features score. Our thick-legged testers say that while it's a properly snug narrow, there's enough flare at the boot top to caress (rather than crush) the calf. This is one of those boots that testers wait to test until they're going out on a photo shoot or a three-run backside mission with some hard chargers--they know it won't let them down or bring them to tears and they can just enjoy the ski experience. And isn't that what any good skier wants--a tear-free epic day, all around the mountain?

Testers remain split on the split power strap, with some finding the dual pulley Velcro useful in its varied placement options and others calling it silly, gimmicky, stupid and fiddly. They all do like the little rooster logo on it, though. Other features are refreshingly spare for our team: single cuff adjustment, single tongue pull loop, GripWalk soles (white!). Steal one if you can, testers suggest, but they assure that it's worth the money if you have to pay for it.

Sizes (MP) 
Hike Mode 
Boot width profile 
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/carbon-infused polyurethane
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
Dynamic Balance 
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
Tech Compatible 


  • “For a narrow boot it accommodates a wider calf well. I think this boot looks great. The attention to detail is very nice, and I love the little rooster on the first buckle. I like the two-piece power strap. This boot fits well right out of the box.” -- Lee Ann Ross
  • “There's a cool, leather piece on the center of the power strap.” -- Melodie Buell
  • “Strong boot, no bites on shin, smooth flex pattern. More damp and calm than previous models. Sassy color and style, fun to ski. Not for weenies. ” -- Megen Johnson
  • “Snug. Anatomically correct. ” -- Liz Elling
  • “In the words of David Bowie, "Put on you red shoes (red boots) and dance (ski) the blues away." Nothing new to report here, still the same great boot.” -- Emily Poore
  • “Lipstick RED, I love this color! I felt like I was in my own customized boots. Ready to rock as soon as I started to slide--felt connected to the snow, instantly.” -- Linda Parazoo


  • “I'm not a fan of the too-short, split power strap style--Booster anyone?” -- Liz Elling
  • “Stupid power strap.” -- Emily Poore
  • “The only thing I would want to do would be to snug up the heel pocket.” -- Lee Ann Ross

This boot available at...

Portland, OR
Chicago, IL
Plymouth, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Morris Plains, NJ
Ellicottville, NY
Telluride, CO

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