Its a really good boot, but doesnt blow me away. The fit is amazing on me, which helps out A LOT, but its simple technology, and nothing new. Not the most customizeable, even though you can do a few things to make them fit better. cant really do much with the flex other than change it from 90 to 80 and back. BOORING. lol.
Its an awesome boot, but it doesnt blow me away, so a solid A- here.
Performance-wise, its fine. Like I said, 90 flex on nordica boots is perfect for most if not all conditions, especially for the under 180 lbs skier. Its nice and soft on landings because of the shock absorber in the heel, which is really nice if you knuckle or overshoot, and all the pressure slamms into your heels.
Old dog, new tricks. The design of this boot is nothing new. Same old Nordica mold injected boot shell they have had for years. They threw in the HP slide in again on this one, which just allows the ankle to flex out when pushing your foot in for easy entry. The liner is one of the best in the industry, and is really nice and conforming to your foot after heatmolding and skiing in them.
The buckles are really cool because they flex on a track, which means you dont need to mess about with them very much, and you can get these boots on instupidly fast. They are also super durable... and white, so a cool colour as well.
My store sells them for 489-
Not the best price in the world, but if they fit you right, you cant go wrong. Perhaps you could find them for cheaper somewhere else too, especially after Feb 1 when all the retail stores and online stores will lower their prices.
If they fit you right, then thats what you need, plain and simple. If they dont fit you, get something different. Thats the thing with boots. You cant just change the way they fit to make them really fit you perfect if they dont fit right at all to begin with. Removing a small bit of shell material can remove some pressurepoints if they are isolated, but other than that, you just need to fit it correctly. The liner doesnt pack down an immense ammount, so just keep that in mind.
Nordica makes this and several other of its boots with a flip switch in the back to change stiffness. you can set it on soft (which is Nordica 80 flex) or hard (which is 90 flex). Personally, I would only keep it on 90... 100 percent of the time. There really isnt even a reason to have it down on 80.. and if you're going to do that, you should just go and get the Nordica Supercharger Spark boot, which is Orange, and has the same switch in the back, only its rated 70 and 80 instead... its cheaper as well due to pricepoint.
90 is just perfect for everything in my case. Its enough that all mountain stuff is never probleatic and yet still soft enough to where you're not dying at the end of a jib filled day.
The boot flexes similar to the stiffest SPK you can find, although I do not remember its nickname.
Nordica boots have always been able to take a beating. I had a pair of GTS 6's before and I got about 4 seasons on them. I could have gone longer too, but I want a bit more stiffness on my boot. The liner doesnt pack out and ruin the fit like some of the low end boots, so dont even worry about it.