Testers agreed that for an all-day-skiing crossover boot that’s at home in-bounds or on short forays into the backcountry skiers will be hard-pressed to do better than the Alltrack Elite 120 W. It forgoes lightweight polyamide plastics, sticking with a tried and true Dual Core polyether shell for damp but snappy control of the ski and shaves a bit of weight with a Dual Core polyolefin cuff. Testers like that it offers tech binding compatibility and mounted GripWalk soles for off-campus missions. A touch softer than 120 and on the roomy edge of narrow, testers gave it the second highest score of the entire test last year, men’s included.
Testers agreed that, like many of the Rossis, the Alltrack Elite 120 W runs on the wide side of its width category, but that was more of an observation than a critique. The toebox fit is longer than the category average and roomy in both width and height, which testers liked for comfortable hiking and skinning. There's also more of a "domed" fit over the top of the foot and more room in the instep than average for a narrow, so they mention that this is a good match for high-arched but narrow to average feet. As with other Rossis, the ankle pockets are particularly well contoured and comfortable, yet snug enough for a performance fit, they said. Some of the testers thought the heel pocket was a bit roomier than it should be for a narrow.
Testers love that it skis like a true to form alpine boot. Some testers thought the polyolefin cuff was a little softer feeling than the 120 billing, but they cited an even and progressive flex feel with a cushioned-enough fit against the shin. Lateral moves were solidly locked onto the edge, they said, and the balance of quickness to power and stability was spot on. Testers all agreed that the cuff release enabled fairly limited range of motion, mainly backward, and suggested that the boot was more geared toward serious descenders spending most of their time in-bounds.
This year the Alltrack Elite 120 W comes mounted with GripWalk soles, which testers liked for amplifying the boot's hikability. It's tech compatible and cosmetically compatible for most testers who liked the Blackberry color and patterned liner cuff.
“Truth in advertising. This boot has an incredible out-of-the-box fit. It’s narrow (but not too narrow!) along the foot. There’s room for the toes to breathe but nice and snug (but not too snug!) everywhere else. This boot feels like it was made for me. It’s a skier’s boot with a stance and fit that’s made to rip. In the past, Rossi boots have run really large; this one feels true to size.” --
“Fits great right off the bat! Roomy in the toes but super supportive everywhere else. This is a match made in heaven! It has the perfect amount of power for a free ride boot! I am so excited they made this a narrow and a 120 flex! It’s a boot I would hike in and have full confidence I could ski challenging terrain in this boot! I love that it is a regular liner and they didn’t compromise on lighter buckles either--they are regular. I love this boot! ” -- Kori Coggin
“You’re in a great forward flexed position. Skis like an alpine boot. You don’t lose a lot through the hike feature. Warm for sure. More a convenient boot than wanting to spend too much time sliding uphill or hiking for a long time ” -- Sam Tischendorf
“Hike mode is marginal to lacking. I’d call it a walk mode--no real hiking going on here.” --
“The narrow low volume foot will feel a little lost. Definitely not the marked stiffness but maybe colder weather will produce a stiffer ride.” -- Sam Tischendorf