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The Ranger 12 Vacuum returns with a revised fit profile that earned it high comfort scores as well as also top marks for agility and quickness-a nice combo. The Vacuum shell-molding capability was a hit with the testers who went through the process. All noted major post-Vacuum improvements in toebox and forefoot fit. Depending on their individual foot shape, several mentioned a general evening of the fit elsewhere or slight tightening in the heel, ankle, and lower leg. The new moldable rear spoiler improved the calf fit, an improvement from last year's model. The plastic used in the Ranger 12 shell was stiffer than its predecessor. Testers approved but our bigger guys said it could be stouter still. The Ranger 12 moves well laterally, precise and powerful rail-to-rail with a sensitive connection to the snow and ski. Testers concurred that the Ranger 12 Vacuum is light, easy on and off, and has a smooth and respectable range of cuff movement when the Hike Ride Lock feature is disengaged. Fore-aft balance proved a little elusive for non-Vacuumed testers, who found the as-is version a bit upright. Custom testers, however, were happy. The stance improvements that come with the Vacuum process continue to impress our test team and highlight the importance of the process.