Head Advant Edge 125 Ski Boot
The all-mountain wide group has gotten better and better over the past five years and the 2018 Head Adapt Edge 125 is an example of that evolution—massive volume for the fit-challenged combined with well-tuned skiing performance, testers said.
Consistently cavernous is how one tester described the Adapt Edge 125, and that was intended as a compliment in this category! Pegging 5's on the fit impressions scale is not a bad thing, it just show's the boot's plenty open for business in the fit department. Another tester called it a bucketish bubba boot that he thought he could sell all day long! Most testers loved the lower boot fit (big and easy) but some others felt the upper cuff was a little too short and at times had an uneven feel against the shin. They did have good success molding the Perfect Fit liner to even out the feel there.
The Advant Edge is decidedly upright in its cuff angle, testers said, but slightly low on the leg and softer than advertised—so while testers felt their stance starting position was a bit aft, they were able to move through the long flex range to home-in on the fore-aft sweet spot. A lot of testers liked this wide-ranging flex feel turn to turn, while others wanted a little bit of rear spoiler to put them where they wanted to be to begin with. Side to side action was on-par for the 125 performance level and 102 mm volume, dropping damp and solid carves on demand. Testers said the Advant Edge 125 is plenty stable for a big guy's edging game.
Testers like Double Power everything, and why not, right? Here, the Double Power Booster power strap loops through one of two pulley loops and incorporates the elastic Booster style stretch for a calf-cinching wrap, but also on the cuff you get Double Power buckle levers, which flip out like a switchblade to give you breaker-bar type leverage for your leg-crunching buckle down. There's plenty of power strap length to handle a big guy calf, and the top buckle's got a no-tools slider for expanding the catch's calf capacity—cool.