Atomic 90W (2011) - Ski Mag

Atomic 90W (2011)

The Hawx 90 is the same boot as the Hawx 100 (see previous), so it’s a matter of skier aggressiveness, ability and/or weight. It lacks some of the turn-finishing power of the 100, but more women probably belong here. Otherwise, the benefits are the same: flexible midsole for improved balance, snug heel retention, nice blend of comfort and performance.
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Atomic 90W

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Price: $499.00
Year: 2011
Level: N/A
Gender: Female

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