They dont excell at any one thing... they arent the best all mountain boot, like a Krypton Pro or a Salomon Falcon 10 or its brother, the Blower boot... and it isnt the greatest park specific boot like the SPK, but it holds its own with anything in its class, and does everything pretty damn well... especially if you weigh under about 170, you will think this is a fantastic boot
They are very comprable to Salomon Impact 8's (foil/1080 boots) , the Dalbello Krypton Rampage, Technica Agent 100, Head Mojo 100 boots, and Lange Freeride 100 boots.
These are pretty much Nordica's answer to the Salomon Foil boot.. they are just about as stiff.. probably stiffer.. and they are just as light. Great boots for all mountain performance as well... at least for me.. because I weigh nothing and at 85 flex rating, these are damn stiff on me (I weigh like 140-150... depending on whether I just ate or shat..)
They are really nice for jumps... shock absorber in the heel is exactly like that of the shock absorber in dalbello kryptons.. (and I mean it... I even took the ones out of my brothers 06 krypton rampages and they would have fit my boots perfect.. had the footbed been shaped the same) they pretty much eliminate shock from pounding my heels when I case jumps, or land really hard on hard snow.
Really good padding in the shin as well.. I dont think I'll ever have to worry about shinbang in these bad maamajammas...
Sweet design.. based on the Beast 10 boot, Nordicas longest running boot in its current lineup.. it is basically the same shell mould, which is injected with a little bit stiffer polyeurothane for a little more performance.. the HP slide in is really sweet, because I never have a problem getting them on in the morning.. no matter how cold a day it is. the toebox is made out of high quality japanese neoprene.. which is the exact same stuff used in wetsuits. really good for leaving a toe imprint on the front of your boot, and allowing toe flexibility. The buckles have serv-o-lock installed in them.. which makes for a better hinge, so you can go directly to the setting you want them at, pull back, and have them be locked and loaded and ready to shred.
The seams along the inner tounge are really compact and unlike some other companies, does not cause any shin markings or discomfort, even right out of the box... especially in comparison to Dalbello Kryptons... but thats unfair because they are way different in design.
the footbed sucks just like any other stock footbed, so I reccomend superfeet, or any other performance oriented footbed first and foremost..
I just got mine for the largest steal of them all.. but that is very unorthodox, for I got them on discount from the place i work at... which is a ski shop if you didnt figure that out at first. Not everyone has the priveledge..
regardless.. if you can find these a year old under 300 you're set for life with a good pair of all mountain and park boots... if they fit you right. If you want to get THIS years, expect to pay around 500. Nordica boots are retardedly expensive for some reason.. part of the reason why nobody I ever see has these boots (they are flourecent yellow, and rarely does anyone willing to spend 500 on a boot, buy a park boot). I dont see them very often in stores either. They really werent that big of a seller for a lot of reasons... but they are a good boot, and if they werent so expensive, i'm sure they would be everywhere.
I just happen to be a guy who fits nordica boots relatively well. I have always had nordica. Their boots just fit my feet well. Salomon and Head boots are close.. but no cigar.. these fit better on me than any other high performance all mountain boot out there. I got these boots in a 26.5, which is the perfect shell size for me. Banger.
What does that mean to you? It means you must go to a boot fitter to check these puppies out if you want to know how they fit. End of story.
Nordica Flex Rating: 85
These are slightly stiffer i would say than the beast 10 boot.. very slightly though.. I tried them on side by side.. the beast flexed in a bit more I think...
Regardless.. this boot is perfect match for an all around, park/all mountain boot.
Well.. since every other nordica boot I have had or seen, has seemed to stand up to the test of time.. I can only imagine these will too. Give them 250 days, i'm sure they will be dead... but by then I might be as well, so its all good.