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The most important factor in a ski boot is fit. And since every foot is different, fit has a lot to do with customization.LAST, NOT LEAST
The last of a ski boot, or the internal shape of the boot, is one of the most important fit-factors. HEAD boots, shell and liner, are built around different lasts, each tuned to match the requirements of a certain type of skier.
The perfect fit in a boot is a combination of 4 important factors.
- FOREFOOT WIDTH
- HEEL WIDTH
- ANKLE WIDTH
- HEEL/INSTEP CIRCUMFERENCE
The combination of these 4 factors determines the "VOLUME (CC) DIMENSION", which represents the internal shape of each HEAD boot.
HEAD offers 6 different lasts:
The epitome of a real racing last, developed alongside our World Cup Rebels. The RD last is designed to create a perfect anatomical wrap around the foot, and optimal foot retention.
Our expert last, used both by racers and pros. This last blends the perfect combination of race performance and comfort for all day charging......Every day.
Comfortable fit combined with high-precision geometry in the ankle and heel region. Focused on high performance without sacrificing comfort.
The benchmark in both ease of entry and riding precision, the most widely appreciated HEAD last around the world.
Women Performance Last - this 100% women's last was developed together with the HEAD International Women's Team, fully focused on the morphological differences between men and women.
Extremely comfortable last developed to deliver perfect all-terrain performance and all-day comfort: in-store, on-slope and après-ski.
HEAD FLEX INDEX
The combination of style, ability, weight, and power of a skier define what kind of boot is going to be best for him or her. HEAD boots use a variety of materials and design features to make sure every skier finds his or her match. For orientation the most important feel good-factors are summarized in our boots' Flex Index.
The HEAD Flex Index is a function of two vectors:
is a given force applied to the boot.
is the forward flex motion obtained from the application of the force.
Every boot has a specific Flex Index, spanning from 150 (Raptor B2 = very stiff) to 50 (junior boot = rather soft). The softer a boot, the more forward flex movement is obtained by applying a certain force, and the lower the flex index is.
With a thin but supportive layer of thermo-moldable lining and Custom ankle inserts (cork in the Racing PRO and Performance PRO liner, HeatFit in the HF PRO liner) span from extreme high-performance to a comfort/performance blend. An adjustable tongue and optional laces (included) on the Racing PRO Liner provide for incredible wrap. The Custom Foam Liner also available.
SuperHeat (3 and 4)
Top performance liner featuring adaptive lining in ankle, heel, tongue, and insole areas. Multi-component construction maintains its performance characteristics over an exceptionally long life-span.
HeatFit High Performance/ HeatFit
State-of-the-art technical multi-component liner with self-molding inserts in liner and tongue in the High Performance version. Legendary fit and comfort..
Our R&D Dept is focused on finding new solutions to improve comfort and performance of our boots. This focus allowed HEAD to be recognized as the most innovative ski boot brand on the market, through a broad numbers of patents.
Double Power Velcro
For a particularly snug fit, many HEAD boots boast the Double Power Velcro - a wide Velcro strap system with a double-pulley-action which gives 100% more closing power, by reducing of 50% the effort. The length of the Double Power Velcro can be customized to "wide" or "narrow" by choosing between the internal or external ring.
Double Power Buckle
This buckle can be easily closed with just one finger. The Double Power buckle reduces the effort needed to close the buckle by 50% the while increasing the leverage over the buckle by 100%.
HP Custom Breating Concept
Thanks to a perspiration-wicking fabric, HEAD proudly introduces breathability to an EVA liner.
SoftWalk + Grip System
It's a double insert conceived to make walking in Skiboots more comfortable. The softwalk insert works as a soft "dampener" while the Grip System offers improved traction.
The only technology on the market that that gives the opportunity to select 2 different lasts 104 or 102 (see AFT Tech page).
A mechanism that automatically locks the cuff of the boot in a skiing position as soon you step into the binding. Stepping out, the cuff becomes moveable, thus walkable (see i-Type page)
FWS - FlexWalkingSystem
The i-Type shell is flexible once out of the binding, for easier mobility. While in the binding, the shell is locked, and performance is the focus.
The first and only ski boot with two lasts.
The HEAD EDGE series has a long-standing reputation for being one of the best fitting ski boots ever made. So really, when we developed the new EDGE, our intention was to keep all the comfort and come up with a way to increase precision. What our R&D brought back to us is nothing short of a revolution.
The 2011/2012 HEAD EDGE is the first and only ski boot with two lasts: HEAD Adaptive Fit Technology lets you change the width of your boot from 104mm to 102mm with one turn of a screw.
This pushes the EDGE onto a whole new level:
Not only will it stay the best fitting boot in the comfort/performance segment, the 102 mm last adjustment will also put it on the feet of more ambitious, precision-oriented skiers.
DOUBLE POWER BOOSTER
The strap of the Double Power Booster Velcro works a double pulley for better closure and a tighter wrapping on the cuff. The elastic Booster strap allows for more dynamic response of the boot.
The result: more precise transmission and faster ski reaction.
Booster is protected under one or more of the following:
European patent N. 1087676 B1, US patent N. 6.026.594, Canadian Patent N. 2.335.69.
Dreamback Rear Tongue
Adjustable two-tongue concept with a lowered women's double adjustable profile eliminates pressure points on the calf once and for all.
Superior comfort and handling
Features like Thermaluxe fleece and faux-fur lining, the HEAD SoftWalk heel and Double Power buckles in combination with the ultralight shell provide easy entry and exit as well as ideal on- and off-snow comfort.
The easy-entry hinged ratchet makes stepping in and out easier than ever before.
Since 2002 Edge has been the benchmark in comfort and performance, in the ski boot market.
The LAST challenge for the 3rd series of Edge was to top our best.
Areas of Improvement.
Our already successful last (2100CC 104mm) has not been changed, but improved in Comfort and Performance through a more Anatomical Toe Area and a Refined Heel Pocket.
The tri-injected shell, and the new Energy frame provide not only a sporty and streamlined look, but also more comfort, precision and better energy transmission to the ski.
The shell has been designed with 4 channels in the top area. This guarantees a smoother entry, and better foot wrapping.
Material thickness optimization, and integration of all components provide the same performance with less material.
New buckles with reduced closure effort.
The AdaptEdge models have the AdaptiveFit Technology (see AFT page): the only one to offer 2 lasts in one boot.
HEAD introduces a completely new category of boot: the all-day ski boot.
These boots offer the technology and versatility of all-terrain boots like the new PEAK to a broader, more recreational target group.
Focused on all-day comfort on the way to the mountain, on the slope and après-ski, these boots are a big step for skiers all over the world to feel more secure and comfortable wearing and walking in ski boots.
The HEAD i-Type takes on the revolutionary Flex Walking Sole from the new PEAK and combines it with a series of other performance ski/walk features to make a boot that is easier to get in, easier to walk in and better to ski in than ever before.
FWS - FLEX WALKING SOLE
At the core of the revolution is the patented Flex Walking Sole: Out of the binding, the front part of the boot flexes to give you and easy and "round" stroll, whether you're hiking up to the summit or down to the bar. In the binding, performance is the focus: the shell is engineered so that the binding's pressure makes the sole lock into place, maintaining full torsional stiffness.
The i-Type is the first ski boot that unlocks your toes when you step out of the binding.
HP Custom Breathing Concept
Thanks to a perspiration-wicking fabric, HEAD proudly introduces breathability to an EVA liner.
The hinge between tongue and shell allows for comfortable, progressive flex while walking.
Still the best grip on any kind of surface: ISO 5355 certified to be compatible with ALL step-in ski bindings.
ASW - AUTO SKI WALK
is a patented mechanism that locks the shaft of the boot in skiing position once you step into the binding. Stepping our, the shaft becomes moveable, thus walkable.
DOUBLE MEMORY BUCKLE
New patented fastening technology to wrap the skier's foot. Once you've determined your perfect position this buckle remembers it.
PEAK Closure System
The unique 3-buckle arrangement with a 45° instep buckle wraps your foot homogenously with great heel retention for ambitious freeriders. the inverted first buckle prevents unwanted release while walking in deep snow.
WIDE BACK DESIGN
Releasing the cuff buckle of the new i-Type, the cuff opens backwards generously, allowing for perfect early-morning try-on. togehter with a choice of rear-entry or front-entry liner, this allows you to custom balance your desired comfort/performance ratio.
VIBRAM / SOFTWALK + GRIP SYSTEM
On the outside of the shell, i-Type boots offer ISO 5355 Vibram soles or strategically placed grip sole pads (even toes!). On the heel, the SoftWalk cushion takes care of shock absorption and makes walking even smoother.
The amount of data we were able to collect from the past World Cup season is enough to fill a hard-disk. And with riders like Bode Miller, stagnation is out of question.
Downsized, tighter instep profile for more skiing control.
ANATOMICAL TOE BOX
Anatomical toe-box for better sensitivity.
More forward lean in the cuff.
Lower ramp angle for faster edge-to-edge response.
RD -> 4°
RD -> 5°
Inverted anatomical hinge position reinforces ankle stability for more front support and positive power transmission.
COSTUMIZATION TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
New rear flex and rear mechanism for quick and individual support customization.
Revolutionary buckle concept for optimal foot wrapping.
Spineflex is a revolutionary buckle concept with a flexible element and a constant closure point for optimal foot wrapping without pressure points.
The flexible element allows the buckle to adapt to the shell profile.
The constant closure point increases the overlap between the shell flaps and reduces pressure points.
The result is more comfort and precision, thus better performance.
The Spinetech buckle combines the regular fixed bridge buckle with a new design and geometry inspired by Spineflex technology. As on the Racing models, the Spinetech buckle features a constant traction closure point. This translates into a reduction in pressure points, an increased overlap between shell flaps, more comfort, and more precision.
The new, more ergonomic, patented patented Double Power arm makes the closure even more precise and efficient with a minimum effort.
The next big thing in boots.
The HEAD Vector combines avant-garde injection technology with a new SuperHeat4 (SH4) liner and the revolutionary Spineflex buckle to match ultimate performance with superior comfort.
The SH4 liner (Vector 120; Vector LTD): A completely new design integrating state-of-the-art post-organic materials. Perfect comfort and energy transmission.
The Spineflex buckle (Vector 120): A new geometry of the buckle with flexible elements allows a perfect wrapping and a constant traction point.
The Triple(Bi)-Injection-Frame: High-performance structured multi-injection shell aligns different material characteristics to boost ergonomic power transmission.
Combination of different materials, density and structure design allows to reach the perfect combination of easy entry, comfort and energy transmission:
- Stiffer PU to optimize energy transmission.
- Softer PU to optimize foot wrapping, precision and comfort.
- Softer insert to optimize foot entry, foot wrapping and waterproofness.
Super Light + Super Strong = Super Agile
While everybody is trying to make the core of their skis lighter, we decided to put air in the surrounding fiberglass. AIRCOAT means our fibers are hollow, not only making our skis super light, but extremely agile and strong at the same time. This technology, also used in the aerospace industry, is the main reason, why AIRCOAT equipped skis most probably are the lightest skis on the market.
40% LIGHTER - Regular glass fibers are solid, whereas AIRCOAT fibers are hollow. This reduces the overall weight of the fiberglass in a ski up to 40%. And since there is a lot of glass in a ski, this makes a big difference.
SAME STRENGTH - The hollow fiber has both a higher compression strength and a higher specific strength than any solid fiber. This makes hollow fibers at least as strong as conventional, full fibers.
MORE AGILITY - The combination of lighter weight and increased strength in Hollow Glass fibers results in more resilience and agility of the ski. Hollow glass fibers are more responsive and faster in both absorbing and transmitting energy to and from the edge of your skis.
Every skier is on a quest for fun. For some, it's chestdeep powder, while others want to rip down groomers. No matter where you ski, HEAD's FLR Technology helps you find the action.
The FLR family consists of three profiles: Flow Ride, Flow Rise, and Flow Rocker.
Flow Ride gives skiers "rocker when you want it, and stability when you need it." Simply put, these skis are fun, fun, fun for everyone.
Flow Ride blends the superior edge hold of traditional "bowed" camber with the floatation of rocker, putting the skier in complete harmony with the mountain. Flow Ride is the most versatile of the three FLR core profiles, and is equally at home in the Rockies as it is in the Alps.
Flow Rise combines early rise rocker with traditional camber. This profile utilizes a longer rise in the tip for increased float in powder with a shorter rise in the tail for surefooted landings. Through the mid-body of the ski, traditional camber is used to maintain edge-hold and rebound for groomed slopes.
Flow Rocker is full-length rocker that starts at the bindings, and works its way to the ends of the ski (that's right, like a rocking chair...). The effective edge is shorter, but the large surface of this powder ski profile gives the skier the stability they need for the gnarliest of the gnar. The result is a profile that surfs powder and smears turns with the greatest of ease.
HEAD'S THEORY OF RELATIVITY.
Ski performance is not an absolute measure. What you want out of a ski always depends on how and where you ride.
On hard-packed slopes you want perfect edge grip. On soft snow, you want more maneuverability. Breaking the slope record you want your ski to perform differently than when you're just cruising with your friends or family.
Adaptive HEAD Intelligence Technology helps your ski perform perfectly - both relative to terrain and your individual riding mode.
HOW IT WORKS
Intellifibers positioned at 45° in front of the binding transform mechanical impulses into electrical energy. The harder you ride, the more energy is produced.
The electrical energy is led back to the Intellifibers. This causes them to stiffen up, putting more rebound and torsional stiffness into the ski.
WHAT IT DOES
Their 45° position in front of the binding increases the ski's torsional stiffness, pushing the edge into the snow in hard turns.
Intelligence progressively stabilizes the entire ski at high speeds.
INTELLIGENCE CHIP TECHNOLOGY - THE EXTRA BOOST
Some HEAD high-end skis boast Intelligence Chip Technology. Here, the electrical energy produced by the Intellifibers is not just recycled, but accumulated and released bit by bit through a pre-programmed chip - individually timed to match the oscillation properties of the ski.
Thus, the effect of Intelligence is multiplied, providing even more performance relative to your skiing style.
Kinetic Energy Recovery System
Originating in Formula 1 and putting our riders where they belong: in pole.
THE EXTRA BOOST
KERS Technology works like a turbo charger that provides additional power and acceleration by stiffening the tail of the ski in outturns.
The effect: a boost, catapulting the rider into the next turn. Just like when Formula 1 pilots push a button for that extra notch of speed.
HEAD KERS Technology is an electronic, fully automatic and integrated system.
HOW IT WORKS
Skis experience maximum flex at the end of a turn. At this moment the energy is released into the fibers of the tail. The tail of the ski then stiffens up, immediately increasing rebound for maximum acceleration at the end of the outturn.
HEAD KERS Technology is an evolution of the idea behind HEAD's Intelligence Technology. In addition KERS does not influence the torsional stiffness of the ski, KERS empowers the skis' longitudinal flex. Also KERS Technology is based on a completely new design capable of accumulating power and keeping it in store for the right moment.
Piezoelectric fibers transform kinetic energy into electrical energy which is stored. Electrical energy is immediately released to areas of the ski, where additional energy is requested. Timing and release are automatically controlled and coordinated. Depending on the flex pattern of different ski models, sensors are programmed beforehand: the more aggressive the ski has to be, the stiffer the tail will become.
The silkiest ride. The most powerful edge.
It used to be that a comfortable, soft flexing ski automatically lacked edge grip. And a high-performance ski automatically was hard to turn. This problem increased as skis grew in width. That's why we are proud to introduce Torque Turning Technology: A system that combines a silky-smooth flex with superior torsional stiffness and edge-hold.
Torque Turning Technology uses skeletal stabilizers that vastly increase the torsional stiffness of the ski while not interfering with its longitudinal flex. Torsional stiffness is the resistance a ski has against twisting - the same resistance your tip and tail will exercise when you put the ski on its edge in a turn: The more the better. Longitudinal flex is the resistance of a ski against bending - it determines the amount of energy you have to invest when you try to get the ski to turn: Stiff skis need strong muscles. Torque makes it possible to build a longitudinally soft, maneuverable ski with more torsional stiffness. Power on edge.
Torque skeletal stabilizers are made from particularly stiff and taut metal alloy integrated into the ski. The positioning and geometry of the Torque stabilizers was defined in an interactive process involving both computer-assisted laboratory and on snow testing. The higher the diagonal dimension of the stabilizers, the more torsional resistance and the more edge-pressure is developed. Longitudinally, the stabilizers have no stiffening effect. This is especially effective in skis with an aggressive sidecut where the wide tip and tail have an increased leverage on torsional flex. While the ski bends easily, going smoothly in and out of turns, the ski's edge is forced into the snow across its entire length.
While Torque puts a blasting edge on a pleasant ski, we combine this technology with HEAD Tailwings: The tail behind the effective edge is recessed, allowing for a perfectly smooth and controlled exit out of every turn.