Head Raptor 140 RS

Model Year
2016-17
Category
Frontside
Last Width
96
Flex Index
140
Price (MSRP)
$800.00USD

The Gist

The highest scoring men's boot of our entire test. In any category. Our testers are a diverse lot: all-mountain skiers, ex-racers, park rats, instructors and coaches. And yet they all love this boot. Why? It makes you a better skier the very first time you tip it over. Assuming you're already a pretty good skier. It’s not for learners or pretenders.

Fit

This is a 96 mm last but don't be scared off by that. Yeah, it's tight, but just right, the way a race-bred, athletes-only sorta boot should be. The Raptor 140 RS is anatomically shaped and surprisingly comfortable out of the box, but you need a heck of a narrow, normal-shaped foot to not need a visit or two to the bootfitter to get it all-day comfortable.

Performance

Astoundingly strong, accurate, agile and just plain all-around awesome. This is the bell-ringer, the justice-server, the prize-winner. Really, it skis that well. You should buy a pair just to know the feeling. And if you can't hack it, then sell it on Craigslist and you still won't have lost much, other than your pride. This is a boot that will sell at retail price. You want to haggle? Go settle for less. It’s virtually flawless.  Its stance angles are perfect, its energy transmission absolute, its rear spine supportive. The one nit to pick: it’s white…very white. And it will spank you if you don’t maintain the hand to command it.

Cool Features

No frills but it does have some features that count. The dual-cuff adjuster allows the upper cuff to be removed in the event you need to soften the flex, which you might. You might also chose to pin the boot to a stiffer 150 setting (not necessary unless you are a huge dude).

The Double Power Booster strap is initially a perplexing maze of webbing until you figure it out (it’s not hard!) but it provides an exceptionally stout final lock-down. The Spine Flex buckles are a wiggly, cable-based fish skeleton design (that works much better than the fixed arc Spine Tech look-alikes Head uses on its lesser models). Some testers love the surety and wrap they provide; others find them difficult to latch.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.0, 22.5, 23.0-29.5, 30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Raptor 120 RS, $650

Kudos

  • “Very potent—stay in the front seat with your foot on the gas!” -- Erik Korman
  • “These boots make anyone ski better. This boot's a keeper.” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “An anatomical work of art—and powerhouse is an understatement.” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “Foolproof and agile—too many high marks to list. Simply enjoyed skiing these.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Big energy and power—blows away the competition. ” -- Jeff Rich
  • “Electromagnetic heel hold! Badass edge power and I love the power strap.” -- Jim Morris
  • “Very centered with good cuff adjustment range for us bowlegged skiers.” -- Jack Rafferty
  • “Tip and rip, load and launch—I may have to own this boot.” -- Greg Coulter
  • “Extremely quick and solid as a rock—still one of my all time favorites.” -- Keith Holmquist
  • “Super quick—an extension of my leg to the ski.” --
  • “Plenty of toe room in a short boot sole length. Perfect without the spoiler in.” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “Initial fit is enveloping with the perfect blend of firm and cush. Sweeeet.” -- Greg Hoffmann
  • “Crazy edge power—wants to go, go, go!” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Like a magic amulet that gives you confidence and boosts your ability!” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Incredibly comfy fit for such a precise sportster.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “This boot is so strong—the flex is progressive and revs up exponentially” -- Jeremy Johnston
  • “This is the best of test—fastest edge to edge boot I have ever skied.” -- Russ Jackson

Caveats

  • “It's a little rugged over the midfoot bump and I hate these buckles!” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “I think I'm over the white—time for a change?” -- Erik Korman

This boot available at...

Plymouth, NH
Stowe, VT
Killington, VT
Princeton, MA
Glenmont, NY
Valatie, NY

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