Head Vector 120 (2011) - Ski Mag

Head Vector 120 (2011)

First: cool buckles. The Spineflex catches look and work like interlinked vertebrae. The flexibility improves the way the boot wraps your foot. Head has established itself as a legit but underrated player in recent years. The Vector 120 is a great example: It’s roomy—a full 103 mm in the forefoot—but grips your foot well. An impressive mix of comfort, performance and quality.
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Head Vector 120

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Price: $750.00
Year: 2011
Level: N/A
Gender: Male

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