The Hawx has experienced unmitigated success since its introduction. In keeping with Atomics design philosophy; the Hawx is constructed to allow forefoot flex. This is accomplished two ways; the sole has flex grooves molded under the forefoot of the shell going side to side and on both the medial and lateral aspects of the shells-again at the forefoot-there are gill-like slots that further encourage flex.
The soles flexing does not make the Hawx similar in any way to a telemark boot…and the skier does not really feel the boot sole flexing underfoot.
The reasons for this idea are; a boot that has a controlled amount of flex underfoot does allow the skis to maintain contact with the snow thus better control and more predictability and it is easier to control the shorter lever of the feet than to control the longer lever of the body…fairly logical. This is not necessarily a major selling point but on snow the Hawx has unique character and feel.
The Hawx 120 and Hawx 100 are the same boot but for flex, the higher the number the stiffer the flex. The 100mm forefoot is generous and married to an intimate mid-foot and well-defined heel. The toe box has plenty wiggle room-the internal volume is in the medium/high range making it a go-to for lots of feet. The Hawx 90W is the same shell but with the normal adjustments for women; lower rear spoiler and lasted liner (means; a bit more padding around the rear foot).
The Hawx has a unique feel on snow due to the flex of the soles underfoot and also the proximity of the feet to the bottom of the boot-there is a thin plastic zeppa resting quite literally on the bottom of the boot. This promotes sole flex and also a crystal clear feel for what’s happening underfoot.
The Hawx has precision due to pedigree-more than enough to satisfy strong, technical skiers, the balance is tilted toward performance but is not domineering or punitive.
Stance is not too ramped or forward-the lean is at 16 degrees. The skier can stand in a good structural weight-bearing attitude. The Hawx has dual cuff alignment-canting-and there is no forward flex adjustment and forward lean adjustment is by way of your basic spoiler wedge.
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