HEAD Advant Edge 85 Ladies Ski Boot
Head Advant Edge 85 W was tested in the women’s wide All-Mountain category at Silver Mountain Resort by the experts at America’s Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
For the money, Head Advant Edge 85 W packs surprising punch and hits the bullseye on the wide-group target for a warm and comfy lower boot, our testers said. They unanimously praised the balanced stance for promoting good skiing movements.
Testers thought that the lower shell fit the way a 102 mm boot should—wide enough and nicely padded everywhere, with a hint of snug control at the heel and ankle area. A few testers had issues with the liner’s lower calf (soleus muscle, aka “cankle”) area where thick pads felt a bit jabby and made entry past that area difficult. They hoped that liner molding would remedy that (Form Fit shell molding is an option on the slightly stiffer 95, but not on this model).
The Advant Edge 85 W handles itself masterfully on and off the groomed surprising testers with its snappy, responsive feel. Testers said the fore-aft stance is set-up a bit on the upright side, but with a soft enough flex to move forward with and find home base for linking aggressive arcs. They liked the soft flex and mentioned that it didn’t collapse, but they also pointed out that the stiffer 95-flex version is available.
There are two Double Power lever buckles on the cuff which are great for cranking the heck outta that cuff fit with gloves on! If walking in super strolling style is a goal, GripWalk soles are available this year for use with GripWalk bindings, and on the boot sole front there are also Advant Edge specific (and Vector) canted soles available in 0.5-, 1.0-, 1.5- and 2.0-degree increments.
Incorrectly fitting ski boots can ruin your ski holiday. Plain and simple. Here at PROSKI we highly recommend for you to come in-store to have your ski boots professionally fitted.
With over 30 years’ experience and numerous Masterfit University specialist boot fitting courses, Alan McVie has the knowledge to diagnose potential feet issues that can adversely affect boot comfort and performance. Whether it is supination, pronation, flexibility, dorsiflexion, foot or stance alignment, volume issues, or just lumps and bumps. Read more about our boot fitting service and or book an appointment with Alan HERE