Head Challenger 120

Model Year
2014-15
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
99-101
Flex Index
120
Price (MSRP)
$700.00USD

Testers love the Challenger for the fact that it isn't much of a challenge to get it on, or buckle it up, or ski it well! Essentially it poses no real challenge to liking the boot all the way around—unless a skier were to mistake it for some sort of backcountry boot because it has a hike mode. That would be a challenge. The Challenger 120 is a ski boot in the classic sense—it's for skiing, not doodling around in fruit boots on wimpy sticks. The Challenger is for challenging yourself to see how many hard charging runs you can do and how many beers you can pound. It's a parking lot partying skier's sort of boot!

Testers like how smooth this version skis while maintaining a combination of stability and softness. The flex is on the soft, cushiony side of 120, testers said. Yet it is rigid laterally and torsionally to a fault—stability and edge control are its strong suit, even when testers accidentally skied it in its walk mode. That's a testament both to the strong character of the boot and to the limited range of motion enabled with the cuff release—not much, essentially.

Hedged over to the wider side of the medium-width group, the Perfect Fit liner allows for additional shape matching to the foot by a cook job inside the shell, so that the warmth in the shell and all the way through the liner allows for a better match between shell and liner as well as liner to foot.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
25.0, 25.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Medium

Kudos

  • “Plush but enough support from shell and liner to get the job done!” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “Skied well! No bad elements.” --
  • “Good lateral control with a nice, warm fit.” -- Keith Holmquist
  • “Very creative fit features make an already good boot great!” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Great edge power with good feel—springy!” -- Lance Cygielman
  • “Downhill performance with a progressive (if soft) flex.” -- Craig Dostie
  • “I like the solid Spine Tech buckles—easier to use.” -- Steve Cohen

Caveats

This boot available at...

Telluride, CO
Columbia, SC
Ann Arbor, MI
Avon, CO
Princeton, MA
Steamboat Springs, CO
Golden, CO
Plymouth, NH

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