Rossignol Pure Pro Heat - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: All mountain performance, adjustable flex, integrated heating
Cons: Lacks user guide for tech, charging cable is short
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Have you ever dreamed of your feet feeling just as warm on the last chairlift of the day as they are on the first? Do you ever wish for a boot that is warm and comfortable without sacrificing performance? Sounds like the thing of fairy tales? Let us introduce you to to the Rossignol Pure Pro Heat. We'll admit, we were skeptical. Especially with the claim that it's suitable for such a wide range of abilities (beginner through advanced). We couldn't imagine that a boot could deliver on these outlandish promises… until now. Maybe fairy godmothers and unicorns are real too?
We know the 100 flex may have you wagging your finger that it's not stiff enough, but the ski industry doesn't have a standardized flex index. This means brand to brand, the numbers are not equal. This 100 flex boot performs to the same level as some boots rated up to 115 flex, so don't let the lower number fool you.
This boot skis much stiffer than we anticipated. In fact, the only stouter boot is the Mach1, which Technica claims is a 105 flex. Both the Lange RX 110 and the Nordica SpeedMachine 105, although rated higher on the flex scale, actually ski softer. Rossignol designed this boot with flex adjustment screws on the outside of the shell, above the ankle. If you need the boot to feel softer, you can adjust the screws accordingly, and voila, a more supple flex.
The Pure Pro Heat has a very smooth and progressive flex. When you press the tongue of the boot toward your toes, the boot gives you an equal reaction back to its upright position. It's exceptional for finessing off-piste terrain and holding firm in a dynamic, high-speed turn. Also, somehow this boot feels seamless with the ski and transfers power very quickly and smoothly. Because of this, you may find you have a better underfoot feel or sensory perception for the snow and conditions.
Comfort and Fit
Rossignol advertises this 100mm last width boot as a slim fit, which doesn't quite put it into the low volume (LV) category. But it is also a couple millimeters short of what's typically considered medium volume (MV). It fit well out of the box. (We used our personal footbeds as we did for all the boots). It's a little wider through the forefoot than the other LV models we tested, the Lange RX 110 and Tecnica Mach1, and has a secure heel pocket.
If we're super picky, the shaft is a little wide, and we did have to tighten the upper buckles and power strap enough that it became slightly uncomfortable. But we found a balance point eventually. The cuff is also a little lower on this boot, so if you have muscular calves, this could be a good option. Overall we found this to be the best of both worlds between comfort and performance!
The most significant feature in this boot is clearly the integrated heating system. It's a wonderful world when the ski industry starts giving us what we really want. Warm feet without sacrificing performance.
Let's get down to details. Out of the box, you need to charge the boots' batteries. According to Rossignol, they are located above the heel, but they're completely undetectable. The heating element runs over the top of your toes. Ideally, it will warm the blood vessels on top of your feet and not interfere with any footbed you add. You can control the heating system by pressing a button on the side of the boot, or by downloading the Therm-ic app to your phone.
The Therm-ic app is not as intuitive as we hoped, but after the first use, it's pretty easy to figure out. You can customize the heat to a specific temperature and even different settings based on whether you're standing still or moving. The customizations seem endless, and let's not forget the Merino wool insulated liner, the 40mm wide power strap, and robust buckles. Can you say #winning?
From the wide power strap to the burly buckles, there is nothing dainty about this boot. Thick boot-fitter-friendly plastic holds heat in and ensures that, if you need custom work from a fitter, this boot can handle it. The heel and toe pieces have plenty of grip and are replaceable.
Our only concern, if any, is with the tech aspect of these boots. However, it was created by Therm-ic, a popular third-party company. The sheer size and excellent reputation of this company ease any trepidations we have.
If you haven't guessed already, this is a very warm boot. The heated Merino wool liner features an integrated control panel on the upper cuff, allowing the skier to select between four settings — off, moderate (17-19hrs), medium (8-9hrs), and high (4-5hrs). You recharge the batteries using the provided USB cable. Even when wearing it without heat, the boot still kept our feet remarkably comfortable.
We did, however, balk at the very short battery charging cable included. They were so short that outlets usually saved for appliances on our kitchen counter seemed like the most convenient place to recharge. Not ideal, but we made it work.
This phenom of a boot is capable of making a wide range of women beyond happy. It's got enough clout to handle the aggression of an ex-racer or ski instructor and is forgiving enough for all mountain skiers who prefer finesse over speed.
Rossignol advertises that you can soften the boot's flex using the custom adjustment screws located on the spine. This makes it suited for less aggressive skiers who still want the luxury of warm feet.
Can you put a price on warm toes? Apparently so. This is the most expensive boot in our most recent tests. The Pure Pro Heat comes in at $750, which isn't that surprising considering the tech and the obvious quality of this boot. We know from our own experiences the hassles of having an aftermarket heating system installed, and when you consider most systems can range between $250 - $400, this is a steal.
The Rossignol Pure Pro Heat does not disappoint. This is a serious game-changer regarding performance and comfort. We give serious kudos to Rossignol for adding the flex adjustment to ensure that this boot is suitable for a wider range of abilities. It's designed to ski the whole mountain in every condition, so go ahead, hit the steeps, bumps, and crud. It sacrifices nothing in performance for considerable gains in warmth and fit, and if that means longer days on the mountain with toasty feet, sign us up!
Other Versions and Accessories
Rossignol also offers the same integrated heating system in the Rossignol Pure Heat, a 102mm last with a softer flex of 70, for $650.
— Meagan Jones