For the third year running, the 2019 Rossignol Pure Elite 120 was one of the 3 top-scoring boots for Edge Power and Stability in the women's All-Mountain narrow group, and once again reminded our test team why. Unchanged this season other than a new exterior paint job, the Pure Elite 120 garnered praise for its solid, stable 120-flex horsepower combined with its high comfort-quotient. One tester mentioned that this badass boot is camouflaged by fur.
Testers agree it's one of the roomiest of the narrow category—borderline medium—with a tall and upright feeling cuff and a roomy toebox (length, width & height). A few of our low-volume testers successfully dropped down one size in this model. On the whole, testers don't mind the extra room, and they say that the anatomical shaping is spot-on for the human foot and leg. They all love the faux fur, and universally praise the evenly progressive flex feel, if firm, at a legit 120.
Our taller, more aggressive skiers loved the Elite 120's tall, upright and stiff cuff in their normal size—they had the long leg leverage to get over the top of this boot and uncork its raw power and quickness. So too, did the shorter testers who were able to size down and get a lower cuff fit. Average height and shorter testers who stuck with their normal size felt a little pushed back onto their heels by the cuff and commented that they wanted a little heel lift to help put them in the driver's seat. Every tester, to a woman, agreed this is one powerful and responsive ride.
The fuzzy liner is made with Merino wool, so high warmth scores were not a figment of testers' imaginations. A set of GripWalk soles is available as an accessory (nice for walking, compatible with GripWalk bindings only).
“I tried the 24 and was swimming in it. So, I tried the 23 and I love, love, loved it--the fit on the foot is perfectly narrow! Amazing control--I loved how it skied! It's a strong boot, very warm and really good looking too!” -- Kori Coggin
“Room to spread toes in a conforming fit without any unpleasant squeeze. Well-balanced in all planes and remains so through diverse conditions and maneuvers on snow--ideal cuff angles for me. This is my favorite boot in the category for edge power--excellent ability to edge and bend the whole ski--exciting! ” -- Kim Holzer
“Fit was super comfortable and supportive and the stance was perfect for smooth progressive flexing. It's powerful, precise, and sensitive. Fun and lively--I can pop from edge to edge in all conditions. Cozy and comfortable, yet powerful and fun--this boot will take your skiing to the next level. ” -- Ashley Teren
“Only downsides for me are that the tongue of the cuff is a bit like fur collar, resulting in the mismatch of badass boot with a plush tongue, and I can lift my heel slightly even when flexed forward.” -- Kim Holzer
“Slightly back seat stance owing to the cavernous toe box--would need some padding over top of toes and also around heel.” -- Ashley Teren