A revamped Hawx 2.0 will show new graphics for the upcoming ski season and some new customization features, otherwise, except for some slight changes internally they are basically the same as last seasons.
Part of the cosmetic changes are the “shark gills” on both sides of the forefoot of the shell that, in conjunction with the soles, permitted the forefoot to flex slightly. In the past these were actual open slots molded into the hard shell plastic then filled with a softer, more elastic material.
The Hawx 2.0 has the contours of the “gills” but they are more an optical treatment and have no role in forefoot flexion-still a Hawx feature but now “solely” a function of the boots soles.
The original reason for making soles flex was that it was easier to control the shorter lever of the foot than it was to control the longer lever of the body atop the skis. Atomic puts this feature in all their boots. At the elite level letting the skis flex with little or no inhibitions kept them in contact with the snow and made them faster. Anyone who watches World Cup racing has seen the dominance of Atomic race products. Results count.
The rear-foot of the Hawx 2.0 has become a bit more intimate by incorporating a slightly modified Redster heel pocket/rear-foot into the shells.
From the heel and ankle joint forward the Hawx is fairly roomy-Atomic calls them “medium fit”. This is where the metric measurements are just a small part of the overall story. The forefoot width is given at 100mm (remember it’s in the 26.5 size…bigger sizes will be wider) but the whole of the internal dimensions can accommodate a pretty beefy foot.
Atomic has upheld good anatomical shapes in all their ski boots yet initially the Hawx is a touch narrow in the toe box. However…
The Hawx 2.0 shells are now fully customizable. Termed Memoryfit, the same heating/shaping/cooling method is used as with Salomon. “Memolink” is the proprietary name for the plastic used in the Atomic heat-molded shells. Moldable from the cuff to the toe box, the process can increase the forefoot width up to an additional 6mm and accommodate other bony prominences (navicular, ankles) up to 10mm.
The Thinsulate thermo-moldable liners are new also, complementing the customization of the shells. The liners, without heat molding, feel more evenly contoured than the prior models. Once everything has been through the molding process the Hawx 2.0 provides uniform support.
The ladies Hawx 2.0 features the same technology as the men’s boots with a lowered rear spoiler and supplemental rear-foot padding in the liners.
On snow the Hawx 2.0 is a highly capable boot in all snow conditions and all-mountain skiing. There is plenty of performance in its’ genealogy, enough to satisfy the expectations of demanding skiers. The Hawx 2.0 is one amongst the wide lasted ski boots that set the paradigm for what was once mutually exclusive; wide ski boot-high performance.
Hawx 2.0 response is lively and snow feel is crisp. Underfoot feel is accurate, the thin zeppa is right on the soles of the boots. The flex of the soles, though perhaps not a compelling sales element, has the net effect of making the feel very intuitive and adds a smooth silky feel to skiing.
The Hawx balances dexterity and power with confidence at any speed or turn radius.
Footloose carries the Hawx 2.0 120, the Hawx 2.0 100 and the women’s Hawx 2.0 90 W. The numbers after the model name signify flex; i.e. Hawx 2.0 100=100 flex, Hawx 2.0 90=90 flex.
The Redster Pro series are no longer the “red”-ily identifiable red they have been (the 95mm Redster World Cup series remains red). Despite color changes they are the same powerful, exacting ski shuh one should come to expect from Atomic.
Besides color changes there are minimal differences elsewhere-the main one being that the Redster Pro shells are now Memoryfit, which allows a certain amount of shell customization without “conventional” methods...that which we do in the boot shop. We still have the option of the usual fitting methods as needed-so’s you know.
The Redster Pro has arguably the narrowest heel cup of any ski boot. Coupled to the straight-up medial wall and compact mid-foot, the Redster Pro is a precision tool…tip ‘em and rip ‘em!
The instep is medium volume-a nebulous phrase simply meaning for a prominent instep there are better boots. The 97mm forefoot is cozy yet shaped at just the right spot for the 1st metatarsal and “6th toe”. The radius of the toe box is surprising-they can rest next to one another not crushed together though vertical wiggle room is limited.
The ankle flex of the Redster-at any of the flex options-seems softer than stated at first but the range of motion is well defined. The perceived lack of resistance between the rear and front spoilers imparts suppleness at the ankles helping absorb vibration and terrain variations without upsetting balance by pushing back too forcefully. Rest assured-the Redster rocks. The suppleness does not detract in any way from the performance of the boots.
As we’ve discussed a multitude of times, shaped skis do not need the forces we had to use to engage longer, straighter skis that had nowhere near the sidecut of contemporary skis. What is needed to effectively utilize the attributes of shaped skis is very stout lateral stiffness. In order to create the edge angles that these skis perform best at, ski boots have had to “step up”. This they have done.
The Redster Pro accomplishes this in a couple ways; first and foremost-and this applies to any ski boot-the last of the shell. We will reiterate…the medial wall of the boot from heel through the mid-foot needs to be plumb.
Secondarily the Redster uses carbon around the heel- visible also as an optic treatment-extending it up through the hinge bolts and the rear cuff. This provides the lateral stiffness for engaging the skis and holding an edge. The Redster is very efficient at both.
The boots still feature flexible soles incorporated into the shells but the interchangeable flex frame that holds the zeppa is available in the Pro 130 and then only in the firm and/or medium flex.
The Redster keeps you honest, as any boot of this ilk should. The ROM at the ankles instills a small sense of forgiveness but the Redster is laser guidance for the feet.
The liners are thin (not unique to Atomic, they all are in boots at this level) so the feel for what’s surrounding the feet is very concise.
The soles flex, like the Hawx, lends a silky, languid feel to the skis and takes nothing away from the efficiency of the boots…the torsional strength is terrific.
On edge the Redster is commanding. Tipping the skis up and holding an edge requires a light touch and the Redster is adept at moving from edge to edge…as long as the skier is!
We will carry the Redster Pro 120, Redster Pro 110 and the Redster Pro 90. All the Redster’s are 97mm.