The Pure Elite 120 has always earned its highest marks for its balanced stance, rapid-fire quickness and its high level of comfort, warmth and convenience. Testers remind not to let its fuzzy, furry liner fool you into thinking that this isn’t a top tier performer. They say it’s one of the stiffest and strongest of all the women's all-mountain boots, and while it is the roomiest of the narrow class in virtually every fit parameter, it doesn’t stray into true medium volume. Ease of use, good looks (testers like this year's graphic update) and great skiing get it perennial gold.
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).
“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
“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
“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