There are big changes afoot with Head’s race boots for 2021. The boots have been completely redesigned from the ground up, and early testing has shown very promising results.
Head’s junior race boot line starts with the Head Raptor 65, which is an entry-level race boot for U12 and younger athletes. This boot features a short cuff and soft flex to accommodate shorter legs and lightweight athletes. From the 65, the natural progression is to the Head Raptor 70 RS. The Raptor 70 is a completely different boot from the Raptor 65, and it is the first entry point for many racers into a true race boot. The Raptor 70 comes with micro-adjustable, low profile alloy buckles and a thick a 45mm velcro power strap for ultimate hold. We recommend the Raptor 70 for U12 or U14 racers weighing under 100lbs.
After the Raptor 70 comes the Head Raptor 90 RS. This boot borrows technology from Head’s World Cup race boot line, and is recommended for aggressive athletes weighing over 90lbs. Like the Raptor 70, the Raptor 90 has a shorter cuff to accommodate the shorter legs of most junior athletes.
The biggest changes for 2021 are in the Head adult race boot line. New for this season, Head has introduced the new WCR race boot line. These boots were used on the World Cup last season and are now available to the general public. The WCR line features a new buckle position and compact shell that avoid touching the snow when achieving high edge angles; a new canting mechanism that provides a more precise adjustment, more stable connection and less friction between shell and cuff; a longer toe box designed to reduce torsion and increase power; new PU material that provides a more progressive flex and smoother rebound; and an all-new WCR boot board.
The Head WCR boots come with a tight 93mm last and with three flex options. The Head Raptor WCR5 has a flex rating of 110; the Head Raptor WCR4 has a flex rating of 130; and the Head Raptor WCR3 has a flex rating of 150.
Head’s 2021 lineup of race boots include: