Rossignol Hi-Speed Pro 120 MV GW

Model Year
2022-2023
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
100
Flex Index
120
Cantology Compatible
YES
Price (MSRP)
$700.00USD

Rossignol's quest for a medium width all-mountain performance machine that will compete head to head with the likes of Lange RX, Tecnica Mach1 and Nordica Speedmachine appear to have been realized with the arrival of the Hi-Speed Pro 120 MV. Testers ranked all four of these models at the very top of a large heap within two-tenths of a point of each other at this year's test and said that this was the brand's best boot ever released in that highly competitive category.

Gone were the caveats about Rossignol's roomier-than-average fit tension--this was a tight, performance narrow that grasped the foot and leg everywhere in a comfortably snug embrace yet without hot spots in typical bony or wide zones. Testers were impressed that the Hi-Speed Pro combined surprisingly smooth and easy entry and exit with a stronger-than-120 flex feel that never collapsed on hard hits or during aggressive skiing. They said the cuff fit in ideal fashion against the shin, around to the calf and they liked the angles both front-to-back and side-to-side. They appreciated that the cuff is doubly adjustable in forward lean angle as well as adjustable in both lateral geometry and flex, but they didn't feel that any adjustment was needed beyond the out-of-box set up which they called dead on the money dialed.

Rossignol's use of Dual Core plastic injection, first started in sister brand Lange's models, continued to impress our test team with the boot's snappy, resilient quickness and accuracy that doesn't sacrifice traditional polyurethane and polyether stability and dampness. This new Hi-Speed line also utilizes and interesting sandwich of different density plastic material in the cuff construction as a way to increase flex rebound energy and simultaneously improve smoothness of the flex feel. While we don't fully understand the engineering of this manufacturing magic, we can attest to the resulting feel and performance on snow which would support those rebound and smoothness claims.

The cuff's attachment to the lower shell remains adjustable in lateral angle, which we applaud, but it was also moved up and forward from its previous Allspeed location to better match the anatomical hinge point of the ankle, which our test team liked. The so-called Generative Design of the shell employs a lattice-work of thickened ribs in structurally critical zones to create a transmissive and stable feel at high speeds, on hard snows and through funky terrain while keeping other shape- or entry-prioritized areas rib-free to maximize wrapping and flexibility. Testers said all this marketing fluff bore fruit for them in terms of it being easy on and off and easy to ski well in those aforementioned situations.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-31.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
130, 110, 100
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
Total Avg Score 
4.57
Shell/Cuff/Tongue 
PU & carbon/PU
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.55
Dynamic Balance 
4.65
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.25
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
4.65
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.75
Tech Compatible 
No
CANT SHIM OPTIONS - CANTOLOGY COMPATIBLE

Kudos

  • “Initial fit is WOW! Really comfy and consistently snug. Easy edge to edge as well as rotational movements. Posh performance--very comfortable yet responsive.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “Good contact throughout my foot and lower leg. The skiing fit was very good, with good lateral steering from the upper cuff. They felt quick and lively in transition. Felt like I was nicely connected to the skis. ” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “Very nice and cushy liner. Easy to buckle. Easy entry and exit. Feels nice and balanced when engaging a turn. Strong rearward support. ” -- Pat Sullivan
  • “Perfect medium out-of-box fit. Once again, Rossi has stepped it up to another level--this is the best thing they've ever built and maybe the most comfortable boot I've ever put on my foot. The new liner for this boot feels like being wrapped with marshmallows and cellophane--perfect! Wow best 120-flex on the wall by far--felt like a 130, performance-wise, absolutely rips.” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Very consistent fit throughout--super easy to put on, no overlap bite upon entry. Nice neutral stance allows for easy posture. Transitions well to the edge and holds a strong powerful stance against the ski. ” -- Jack Rafferty
  • “Nicely defined geometry. Good balance and flex--the blend of lean and shape engage the ski with ease. Whether firm or soft underfoot, power is relayed to the ski with confident command. This boot matches my criteria for great performance. It supplies power with clean finesse. The design is state of the art but in a traditional style.” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Extreme comfort level married with classic ski boot performance. Great, great, great. Auto pilot is on, seatbelt sign is off, you are welcome to roam around the mountain. 95% of all decent skiers will love this boot--you better get one.” -- Erik Korman
  • “Surprisingly powerful for a 120 boot. Extra room through the instep for a medium-width.” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Really comfy. Not really tight anywhere--its uniformly all the way around, no hot spots.” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “The new medium fit benchmark! A great blend of cushion, shape and power. This is what the Speedmachine used to be, but better.” -- Mark Elling

Caveats

  • “Feels a bit too upright and strangles a larger calf. GripWalk soles make for a muted feel from edge to edge. ” -- Pat Sullivan
  • “Velcro strap is a bit weak.” -- Jack Rafferty
  • “Vague edging and slow to react.” -- Jim Morris

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