The Atomic Hawx Magna 130 is one of a handful of wide-lasted boots to have ushered in the era of Big-is-Badass in the ski boot world. It hasn't been that long that the 102-104mm boot has been afforded the level of respect it garners today. Not too far back in the day, big meant bucket and wide was simply a waste of time for good skiers. Not anymore, and the Magna helped pave the way for that by offering an anatomically proper fit (though expanded proportionately), solid construction that stands up to good (and large) skiers and a neutral stance that harnesses the boot's power in a functional way.
Testers like the Magna for its massive lower boot environment. Spacious doesn't do it justice. Cavernous doesn't capture the fact that the ankle and heel is still retained in adequate fashion for connected skiing. Curvaceous is pretty good--there's room for any high volume foot's topography, that's for sure, and testers would generally agree that the 102 mm measurement is understated. The upper cuff is not massive in circumference but open enough for thick trunks above the ankle and below the knee. The boot top flares enough to avoid calf jabbiness and the overall cuff height feels a touch lower than that found on the Ultra and Prime designs which allows for the great-of-gastroc to find ample accommodation.
Testers also like the Magna for the fact that it skis like a regular old performance boot--no surprises in stance or stability and given enough foot and leg to fill the void spaces it manages to snap off turns with respectable cadence.
The revised Mimic liner was a hit with the test team that appreciate its out-of-the-box fit as well as its highly customizable construction and features. While the rest of the Magna's features slate is fairly straightforward, testers like the dual side cuff adjustment and quick releasing cam buckle pull tab in particular.
“This boot fits my foot surprisingly well considering the size of my foot and the volume of this boot. On initial try-on I feel good grip over the instep, ankle and Achilles, giving me the impression that this would be quite skiable. Atomic has done a very good job of adjusting their last shapes in their boots. The Mimic liner will make adjusting this boot easy at point of sale. I also like the quick release pull tab on the power strap cam buckle. ” -- Jim Schaffner
“One of the top 3 HV boots available. ” -- Jack Rafferty
“Nice natural skiing position with total comfort all around it's expanse. ” -- Mike Evans
“The bigger foot and thick calf will thrive in this boot. It skis with easy finesse from the foot. ” -- Bob Gleason