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Rossignol Alltrack 120 Review

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Price:  $700 List | $409.49 at Amazon
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Pros:  Warm, comfortable
Cons:  Soft flex, limited range of motion in walk mode
Manufacturer:   Rossignol
By Mike Phillips ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 26, 2015
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The Skinny

The Rossignol Alltrack 120 is our Best Buy award winner because it's downright affordable and is a quality ski boot for the budget conscious. While not everyone skis one hundred days per year, finding a boot that is affordable, easy to ski, comfortable, and warm is important. With the money saved compared to more expensive models in this review, you can invest in some professional boot work to dial in the fit. This boot has a predictable flex and skis well in consistent snow conditions. We also have a review of the Women's Alltrack Pro.

New Colors and Look
The Alltrack 120 has received a new look for this year, which you can see in the photo above. Keep reading for the side-by-side comparison.


Our Analysis and Test Results

New Colors


While the Alltrack 120 has an updated look for the 17-18 season, Rossignol confirmed that the changes were purely cosmetic. Check out the new look here, left, compared to the boot we reviewed, right.

Hands-On Review


The Rossignol Alltrack 120 is yet another all-mountain boot offering the added perk of a walk mode. This boot is soft for a 120 flex and left testers feeling a little wary about the boot's ability to tackle varied, expert level terrain with confidence. The roomy 102 mm last width and wide lower leg fit would be perfect for larger men seeking a snug fit. Overall, the Alltrack 120 didn't feel that much wider than other boots in this review, and an aftermarket footbed helped take up some volume and add support underfoot.The advantage for more average sized feet is that the roomier boot is warm and comfortable for long days.

Performance Comparison


The Rossignol All Track 120 is a budget friendly boot that has some pretty smart features.
The Rossignol All Track 120 is a budget friendly boot that has some pretty smart features.

Comfort and Fit


The Rossignol Alltrack 120 is easy to put on and has an immediately comfortable liner. A 102 mm last isn't necessarily just for wide feet. Some skiers with average sized feet prefer a relaxed fit in the toe box and through the instep to allow for better blood flow.

A slightly wider fit is an asset for boots intended for some walking/hiking like the Alltrack. Cramped feet while skinning or hiking can be uncomfortable. All said, we didn't find the 102 mm last to feel that much bigger than the 100 mm counterparts in this review.

The All Track 120 has a rubberized sole that helps maintain traction on uneven terrain. The shell design is intended to save weight. You can see the listed boot sole length imprinted into the shell.
The All Track 120 has a rubberized sole that helps maintain traction on uneven terrain. The shell design is intended to save weight. You can see the listed boot sole length imprinted into the shell.

A walk mode doesn't have to be exclusive to boots intended for long backcountry adventures. It is useful for slogging through the parking lot, trudging up the stairs, and standing in lift lines. Having more mobility in your ankle allows for a more natural stride and lets you relax and stand a bit more straight which is a relief after wearing ski boots that normally lock you into their preferred stance.

The All Track 120 has a walk-mode that is easy to engage/disengage.
The All Track 120 has a walk-mode that is easy to engage/disengage.

Downhill Ski Performance


This boot is approachable and easy to ski in moderate terrain. It has a supportive four buckle design with a functional power-strap. We found it to be responsive and predictable in consistent snow conditions. Where the Alltrack was challenged was in steep terrain, variable conditions, and big bumps where the boot was overwhelmed.

Aggressive skiers should consider a stiffer boot than the Alltrack 120. Other models in this review such as the Tecnica Cochise 120 and the K2 Pinnacle 130 are much stiffer, feature walk modes like the Alltrack 120, but also sport a much higher price tag. This boot is easy to flex while standing still. In some circumstances, this can feel forgiving and easy to ski, but in demanding terrain it made the boots feel weak and unreliable.

For one hundred dollars more, the Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130 is similar in construction but is stiffer and narrower than the model tested in our review. It also comes with a heat moldable liner.

The Rossignol All Track 120 is a relatively soft 120 flex boot  but it skis well for non-aggressive skiers and in consistent conditions.
The Rossignol All Track 120 is a relatively soft 120 flex boot, but it skis well for non-aggressive skiers and in consistent conditions.

Features


The walk mode of the Rossignol Alltrack 120 did not perform nearly as well as the walk mode of other boots in our review. At most, it allowed the user to stand more upright. Even with the top two buckles undone we only gained a couple of degrees of mobility from the cuff. It was, however, easy to disengage the cuff and we felt no play in the cuff while skiing, which was a relief due to the already soft flex. We don't recommend this model if you are looking for a boot that will crossover to backcountry use at all.

The Sensor Grid Technology featured on the Rossignol Alltrack series of boots intends to save weight and improve fit by wrapping the foot more closely. We appreciate the attempt at weight savings for long days in the boots, but were unsure as to whether or not this trimming of material led to some of our concerns regarding the softness of the boots. A size 27.5 Alltrack still is not the lightest boot in our review. At a measured weight of 4 lb. 14 oz. it weighs the same as a size 27.5 K2 Pinnacle 130 and is ¾ lb heavier than a size 27 Tecnica Cochise 120.

The unique shell design of the All Track 120 is intended to save weight. The micro adjustable buckles of the All Track 120 are easy to use with gloves on.
The unique shell design of the All Track 120 is intended to save weight. The micro adjustable buckles of the All Track 120 are easy to use with gloves on.

We like the liner of the Alltrack boot. It has an excellent heel pocket that is form fitting for a locked in feeling in the boot. The liner comes prepared to accept aftermarket boot warmers, but we found it to be plenty warm as is, which is probably as much due to the relaxed fit of the boot as it is to the Thinsulate Insulation. The laces included with the boot help to hold the tongue in place and increase the wrapping sensation that we like from a liner.

Aftermarket rockered replaceable soles are available to make walking in the Alltracks more natural and comfortable.

Warmth


The Alltrack 120 is one of the highest scoring boots in our warmth ratings. We think this has as much to do with the wider fit as it does with the Thinsulate Insulation that Rossignol uses in the liner. For cold climates and sensitive feet, the liners in these boots can accommodate aftermarket boot heaters without modifying the liner at all.

Durability


We have no concerns regarding the durability of the Alltrack 120. The replaceable soles will help to prolong the life of the boots if you put in a lot of miles walking around without your skis on.

Replaceable heels and toes add value to a boot because it prolongs the life of the boot sole. We prefer hex head screws versus the phillips head screws used on the All Track 120.
Replaceable heels and toes add value to a boot because it prolongs the life of the boot sole. We prefer hex head screws versus the phillips head screws used on the All Track 120.

Best Application


The Rossignol Alltrack 120 is a good choice for intermediate and upper intermediate skiers or lightweight skiers that have a slightly wider than average foot. Because the walk mode of the Alltrack doesn't allow very much mobility in the ankle, we don't recommend this as a ski touring boot. It would be best to consider the walk mode on this boot as a contribution to comfort while walking around the base area, and maybe a slight performance aid for short hike-to approaches in or near your favorite resort.

Value


This boot is a good value for the skier who skis 20-30 days per year. It is comparably priced to the Atomic Hawx 120 which is another warm, comfortable boot for the weekend warrior. The Rossignol Alltrack 120, however, has a walk mode which sets it apart. The Dalbello Panterra ID 120 is better suited for more aggressive advanced/expert skiers but retails for a similar price.

Conclusion


This is a good all-mountain boot for the budget conscious or for those who only ski a select number of days a year. We give it our Best Buy award for a boot that is on the inexpensive side, but that also performs well. Lightweight and/or intermediate/upper-intermediate skiers will find the flex rating of this boot to be just right. If you are an advanced/expert skier and need something stiffer, check out our Editors' Choice winner, the Lange RX 120.


Mike Phillips