Head Dream 12.5 One (2011)

Women who have fit problems but still crave performance shouldn’t give up before trying Head’s cleverly designed Dream series. The 12.5 offers fit tension more like what you’d expect from a 98-mm last than a 102, but the cuff of both the liner and the shell offer broad adaptability for troublesome calves. A race boot it’s not, but it’s aces for comfort and solid performance.
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Head Dream 12.5 One

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Price: $690.00
Year: 2011
Level: N/A
Gender: Female

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