I just love this boot!
i have the 2010 model with white and purple and it is so damn comfy while still having a stiff flex. I use it for everything from jibbing to bigger park jumps, freeriding, ski instructing etc.
Nowhere has it ever disappointed me except once. On an undershoot i knuckled hard and the boot exploded. The back of the boot ripped open from my heel all the way up. luckily i didn't hurt myself.
To attest how much i love this boot, less than a week after i broke mine, i called around a dozen of skishops and found an identical replacement that is still ripping hard! :)
The boot was a quality purchase overall. The spoiler made the boot super forgiving in the park on back seat landings. Also key in the park department was the shock eraser footbed. More than once I overshot landings this year and I noticed that my knees had a lot less impact to absorb than years past thanks to this little addition to the boot. The progressive flex was a nice touch, but I think it could still use some work; Nordica hasn't totally nailed that technology yet... The one thing that I haven't touched on that is definitely worth mentioning is that this boot is a three-piece boot. That means it's basically Nordica's version of a Full Tilt, making it really easy to get in and out of. Bottom line, the 2011 Ace of Spades was a great buy, and definitely a good fit for someone who likes to ride the park, but still have the freedom to go outside the ropes and check out the unmarked terrain.
The performance of the Ace of Spades was pretty much exactly what I expected and wanted. It's a great boot that let's the skier go anywhere. The boots were great in the park, but were still super responsive at high speeds and in tight trees.
They're colorful.... But a little color never hurt anyone!
Great for the money. People often put too much emphasis on skis, bindings, even clothing and totally overlook the boot. Boots are the link between you and the skis. A bad boot directly translates to a hindered skiing ability. While it is a more expensive boot, the Ace of Spades is totally worth it.
Wider fit, last of 100mm. The liners are heat moldable though, so they're pretty easy to pack out if you need an extra millimeter or two.
The flex pattern overall was pretty mellow. Definitely a softer boot compared to something the the FT First Chair or Salomon Shogun. It's designed to have a "progressive flex," (100-130) meaning the harder you push it, the harder it pushes back. While I did find some truth to this idea, I had some issues with it when I left the park and got into the back country. I found that when dropping cliffs, especially ones with flatter landings, the boot had a tendency to blow out a bit in the front, resulting in some tough drops.
For the most part they held up well. I bent one of the buckles pretty badly and had to re-rivet the whole buckle after straightening it out which was a pain, but other than that they did a good job holding up in some pretty crummy New England conditions.
These boots are fantastic. I would definitely recommend them to anyone likes to have comfortable feet when they're on the slopes.
The performance of this boot is amazing. I use it in the park and find it both gives great support to your foot and is incredibly warm.
As anyone who's seen them can attest to, the design is super colorful. I'm a bit more a subtle guy, so I found them to look a little bit girly because of the colors, but that's just me. There are a lot of details that make the boot unique that more than make it up for it though.
I have a wide foot so the fit is perfect for you. Like most skiers, I'm very picky when it comes to the fit of a boot, but if you have a wide foot, definitely try this one on. You'll probably walk out of the store with it.
All of the material are super high quality, particularly the oversized strap, which feels really strong.
It's no small wonder why these boots are beginning to grace terrain parks and slopestyle competitions as often as the Salomon SPK and the Full Tilt Hot Dogger, and there's plenty of good reasons why...
buckles that give the support of four, a cushy liner complete with padding on
top of the foot, and a gel-filled boot board that increases comfort and stomping
ability, Nordica truly has an ace in the hole with this boot.
Definitely a bit on the wider side of things for anyone who's rocking a foot skinnier than Taylor Swift, but easily the most
comfortable boot IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever worn. Period.
I hate stiff boots...a lot. And although the Ace of Spade is undoubtedly a tad on the stiffer side of things for a park boot, it doesn't feel like you're about to drop in a World Cup race course when you have it on.