For this season Nordica has rearranged their line of ski boots into a set of three logical categories based on performance and foot width. The rearrangement is more logical and easier to understand, and more importantly, has incorporated some very nice technological upgrades to their entire line of boots.
To begin, Nordica took the technology of their Dobermann race boot and used it to shape the “machine” boot series. Promachine is their narrow model at 98 mm last, and is their most performance oriented boot. Speedmachine is their mid-width model at 100 mm last. But Nordica took many of the high performance elements of Promachine and incorporated them into Speedmachine. This means boots for wider feet that are high performers. Sportmachine is their widest boot at 103 mm, but still incorporates performance features of the Promachine and Speedmachine. Ski magazine rated Nordica Sportmachine 100 #1 for comfort in the 2019 seasonal lineup. Ski magazine says—”...this boot is perfect for strong skiers looking for a comfy fit, or big-footed skiers looking for a high-performance boot.”
Cruise series boots remain in the Nordica lineup as an entry level boot for those hitting the slopes for their first time, or given its 104 mm last, for those with the widest of feet.
Avie’s Ski Testers took several stiffnesses of both Promachine and Speedmachine boots out for a spin on the slopes, and found a few things worth noting. First, they are comfortable. The toe box seems to have just a bit more wriggle room in them. Second, they are warm, which may be a function of the slightly larger toe box. Third, and most important, they lock the foot and heel down quite nicely, providing for great control over the ski. One other element Avie’s Ski Testers noted was their super light weight. This made clomping around in them pretty sweet.
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