Sometimes manufacturers slap an assortment of eye-candy on a boot in an attempt to mask essential flaws. The Panterra 120 does have a laundry list of fit and function features but they all work. The boot is a solid and proven performer, ticking all the key boxes for fit, flex feel, stance and skiing strength—testers put it at the top for edge power and stability among wide rides.
Now about that trove of useful on-board goodies. Testers love the simple block-style hike mode switch—pull it out, hike (or walk). There's also an effective flex adjuster; it comes set stiff and testers said slotting it to soft gains a longer range of flexion and quicker turns.
Our crew says the stance angles of the Panterra are right in line with modern neutral norms, but they can be adjusted with a single-side lateral cuff adjustment. A boot board ramp adjustment lifts the heel internally with the turn of an Allen key. That’s a nice touch. The Variable Volume Fit first buckle is an interesting take on reducing the overall volume of the lower boot. Set it for a roomy or snug fit over the forefoot and toes and then leave it alone. The boot goes on and comes off without ever having to release that first buckle setting.
There’s also grip clad arch, split fit tongue, replaceable soles and more. , etc… but the point is, even without all this the Panterra fits and skis great straight out of the box.
Testers noted that the fit is particularly high over the midfoot and instep, so it’s a great high volume and high-arch solution with a stronger than 120 flex that can handle big, tall skiers.
“Nice liner with all the adjustments.” -- Mike Evans
“Comfortable fit, no pressure points. Responds quickly. ” -- Justin Campbell
“Comfortable cuff. Predictability of turns.” -- Eino Holm
“Awesome work boot. 40-50 hours per week no problem.” -- John "Moose" Millslagle
“Turns came easy. Smooth flex. ” -- Chris Wilde
“A strong boot that is easy to use. ” -- Marc Stewart
“Transfers power to edge well. ” -- Eric Kipp