The 2019/2020 Atomic Hawx Prime 105 S W was tested in the women's All-Mountain medium width category at Silver Mountain Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
One of our favorite women's boots over the years, the Hawx Prime W, went and took a risk, changing its very mold, adding an S to her name and following in slender sister Ultra's tracks, slimming the shell wall and cuff construction for the sake of weight reduction. We thought she looked good before, but we gotta hand it to her— according to our test team the new Hawx 105 S W fits better, skis better and does both at a fraction of its former weight.
Testers (still) found a substantial amount of room in the toebox and the forefoot—a Hawx Prime hallmark, but (still) discovered teamed with an evenly snug fit in the heel pocket and ankles—even more so than in the past, they said. They liked this blend of warmth and comfort where needed up front combined with performance controls at the rearfoot for good skiing moves, though they mentioned that for a performance boot the liner feel is definitely on the plush side. Testers liked the way the boot top is flared enough for the bigger calf without a loss of fore-aft positioning, though testers concurred that the skinny legged needed to max the buckles. The stance is a touch upright—no quad burn here—but testers felt the fore-aft position was good.
The revised Hawx Prime 105 S W got highest marks for quickness, steering and agility—this is a light and responsive ride that favors an accurate sortie on the slope, not a bludgeoning onslaught. The flex feel is long and springy and the close fit through the ankle and heel allowed for powerful lateral edging movements. Heavy handed forward flexing by our most aggressive testers was met with some surrender.
For women with wide forefoot and a bigger calf, the Hawx Prime W line-up deserves a close look—it fits generously in those spots to begin with and the Memory Fit shell-molding feature allows those areas to be expanded using just the skier's foot and leg in the boot to get the job done in a matter of minutes. The Power Shift feature (which accounts for the "S" in the model name) allows for adjustment of the forward lean and/or stiffness.
“It has a nice, even fit and accommodates a wide calf. Carved well and comes with a good range of fit and stance features.” -- Lee Ann Ross
“Hugs the instep, but pillow-like fit throughout. Plush and cushy with easy going ankle pockets.” -- Liz Elling
“I love the way this boot rolled from edge to edge and held the arc—so smooth! Felt very stable and responded well without feeling spastic.” -- Megen Johnson