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The Hammer is Head's first three-piece shell design. Cabrio-style boots aren't generally stout, but Head's new Form Fit heat moldable shell technology yields a stiff and reactive shell. Developed in conjunction with the brand's freeskiing team, the collaboration has resulted in a destroyer-class boot that nailed every task our crew threw at it. The Hammer 130 was as strong to the edge as any boot in our test, including the race-oriented Technical Frontside models. Testers all agreed that the boot's flex adjuster is a vital feature. They said the softer flex setting was a useful adjustment that most skiers would employ to lengthen flex range. The stock setting has a nice, progressive trajectory, but only our biggest, tallest guys could tap into it. Testers said the 130 fit like the 98-mm average, perhaps a touch shorter in length and a bit snugger at the forefoot. Some testers mentioned that the heel pocket felt a little less defined than some. That's fine for skiers with thicker heels and easily remedied by a bootfitter with a set of L-pads. The upper cuff fits tall and slightly to the upright side of average, favoring big tall guys and those who like an upright stance. A stiffer tongue comes in the box for 10 clicks more resistance if you need it.