Head Raptor WCR 120 S Ski Boot 2021 – 2022 | Review

The Head Raptor WCR 120 S combines unrivalled performance with an extremely precise fit

Why we chose the Head Raptor WCR 120 S: Powerful, anatomical fit, classic

Forward Lean:
273 mm (23.0)
Binding Compatibility:
Alpine bindings
Weight (per boot):
Price: £500 / 550€


‘Changed my skiing’ and ‘best I’ve had’ are two of the responses we received from women raving about their Head Raptors. We aren’t surprised by the Raptors’ applause-worthy performance, given their catchphrase is ‘World Cup performance meets world class fit’.

You’ll spot the black and white boots with their skeleton-like buckles peppering World Cup race circuits as well as freeride faces on the soles of Wendy Holdener to Hedvig Wessel. Updated for 2021/22, the Raptor WCR 120 S leads the pack in Head’s line up of general-purpose race boots, second only in stiffness and narrowness to Head’s athlete-specific range.

Head Raptor WCR 130 S Build

The Raptor WCR 120 S’s construction is designed to replicate your foot’s movements in the most direct, accurate, and powerful way possible. So, everything about this boot is slick.

The double power booster Velcro strap and Head’s hallmark micro-adjustable ‘Spineflex’ buckles wrap around your shin and foot to optimise power transmission. Similarly, an updated cuff alignment system minimises friction between the boot’s shell and cuff and an elongated toe-box provides enhanced torsional rigidity.

The Raptor WCR 120 S derives its solid 120 flex (130 with the insertion of an extra spine bolt) from a hefty construction of PU plastic. Plus, the 2021 PU material creates a more progressive flex, offering ‘smoother rebound’ and ‘less vibration’ – a welcome update for skiers ramping up the pressure from 0 to 100 in milliseconds.

Head Raptor WCR 120 S Fit

In Head’s own words, ‘millimetres matter’. And true to their word, the Raptor WCR 120 S considers pretty much every millimetre. First off, the Raptor WCR 140 S spans the spectrum of foot sizes – it’s available in a Mondopoint 22 to a 30.5 (UK 3-11.5), so smaller-footed skiers can say goodbye to the woes of boot-swimming.

Adding to the control gained from an appropriately snug shell, the Raptor WCR 120 S’s ultra-narrow and low volume 96mm last (at MP 26.5) maximises your foot-to-snow power transmission.

Finally, to achieve the most precise fit, Head’s Liquid Fit technology enables boot-fitters to inject gel into the liner to correctly secure your heel and ankle in the boot’s pocket and eliminate unwanted movement. This technology comes in addition to traditional heat moulding customisation, to accommodate any lumps and bumps. Little wonder, then, that a less traditional Raptor compliment came in the form of: ‘amazing if you have small feet and want your foot to be basically immobile’. It might not sound too appetising, but an immobile foot is a happy foot when it comes to high performance!

Who Is The Head Raptor WCR 120 S For?

This isn’t the boot for the average skier. Given its 120 flex, ultra-precise (read not necessarily relaxing) fit, and considerable 2.5kg per boot weight, there are a wealth of softer, less restrictive, and more forgiving boots out there.

Ultimately, the Raptor WCR 120 S is built for downhill technical finesse and aggression, and not for versatility; this is a boot for race-inspired and downhill-focused skiers. Hazard warning aside, expert skiers who find their 120 flex boots are giving out under pressure, the Raptor WCR 120 S may well be your answer. If you love slicing ice with high angle carves – whether between gates, piste markers, or choppy terrain – the Raptor RS 120 has you covered for ultimate stiffness, accuracy, and speed.

What Is The Head Raptor WCR 120 S Good At?

Power: 10/10
Fit: 9/10
Comfort: 6/10

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