Rossignol Intense 1 (2006)

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Rating: 2.70 / 5
Price: $519.00
Year: 2006
Level: 2
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 3.60 / 5
Forefoot fit: 3.80 / 5
Ankle fit: 3.40 / 5
Instep fit: 3.00 / 5
Adjustments: 3.05 / 5
Closure: 3.10 / 5
Response: 3.00 / 5
Support: 3.00 / 5
Flex: 3.10 / 5
Steering: 2.50 / 5
Comfort: 2.70 / 5
Average Score: 3.00 / 5

PRO: The medium/high-volume Intense features an unusual approach to flex management. On its spine, a section of rubbery material connects its cuff to the lower shell. It stretches as the boot is flexed, then helps it snap back to vertical. Another rubbery module mounted to the lower shell acts as a stopper, offering progressively more resistance during flexion and, again, helping to push it back to vertical between arcs. In this manner, the boot relies less on shell-deformation to manage flex, so the fit is more consistent. The Intense is well-padded but not overlarge, and it's as easy to put on and take off as anything in the category. The women's version comes with an extra-warm down liner. "For the comfort lover, it'll be a blessing," says Hogen. CON: Intense comfort comes at the expense of snow-feel.