Tecnica Mach1 MV 115 W

The perennial favorite Mach1 MV W has returned but in a burlier, badder build--the 115 flex model!

Category 
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width 
100
Flex Index 
115
Price (MSRP) 
$750.00USD

Tecnica Mach1 MV 130

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Mach1 MV Concept (140-flex), $1020; Mach1 MV 120, $780; Mach1 MV 110, $660
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 is reviewed in the men's All-Mountain Traditional medium category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

The medium volume Mach1 MV line-up got Tecnica’s revision love this season with an all new mold shape for the shell and cuff, along similar lines to the LV’s more anatomical shape makeover last year, and testers it say nails the right mix of tight here and relaxed there for the average foot. Unique to the MVs is the new T-Drive shell-to-cuff connector technology which anchors the boot spine with loaded-up energy and simultaneously allows for softer, better wrapping plastic over the top of the foot. Testers say the combination creates a more lively, stronger feel and a higher comfort level, too.

The Fit

The first notable impression comes with sliding the MV on the foot--much easier than the previous generation MV due to softer plastic over the top of the foot. This also lends to a more wrapped, domed feeling over the top of the foot which doesn't collapse onto the instep during flexion thanks to the restraint of the T-Drive cuff to shell connection. You can flex the old MV on one foot and the new MV on the other and see a visible difference in how the new cuff doesn't collide as much with the top of the lower shell, distorting the lower's shape. The new MV 130 fits taller and more upright in the cuff than its predecessor, and while testers never had a problem with the old cuff's stance or power they say the slight change now is noticeable and in a positive way. The lower shell is curvier than in the past, meaning it wraps around the foot's natural contours a little more, for a slam dunk out-of-box fit that testers loved. The C.A.S. (Custom Adaptive Shape) liner is also revised, with more grindable and moldable surface area and a larger and better shaped instep cutaway for the bony spot over the top of the foot. Testers say the flex feel is firmly 130 and even along the shin.

Performance

Testers have always praised the Mach1 MV 130 for how well it pairs top tier performance with high levels of comfort, and that tradition continues still. Testers liked the additional leverage the taller cuff applied to the ski edge and the slightly more upright position felt more natural for testers who said it enabled earlier engagement of the ski shovel and less fatigue overall.

Cool Features

One cool feature of Tecnica's boot development story is Project 165 (named for their boots' orange hue) that incorporates the input and product testing skills of several top bootfitters from the U.S. and Canada--one of them is a veteran ABB tester, Greg Hoffmann! The Custom Adaptive Shape bootfitting features are essentially same here as they are on all the Mach1 boots for men and women—the C.A.S. shell is dimpled in common fit problem areas to aid with heat stretching and the C.A.S. liner is both heat moldable and grindable. In addition to these helpful fitting tools, the Lift Lock buckles are handy—they stay locked open when pushed to their end stop and the Power Lock power strap hook-in-loop connection sidesteps having to thread the strap webbing through a cam-lock buckle every time.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyether/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Tecnica Mach1 LV 130

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Mach1 LV 120, $780; Mach1 LV 110, $660
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Tecnica Mach1 LV 130 is reviewed in the men's All-Mountain Traditional narrow category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Last year the Mach1 LV 130 gained new momentum with its mold makeover, testers said, and pushed it onto the podium in the All-Mountain narrow group. It's unchanged this season and they still like the revised, taller-feeling cuff and its firm but well-distributed feel against the shin. The Custom Adaptive Shape liner employs more customizable material throughout and testers appreciate the tongue’s revised design over the top of the foot. Its stance and balance scores topped the field last time around and testers say its power and quickness is still limited only by the driver. One tester summed that up--skis like it should, fast!

The Fit

Given that some testers said it wasn't as tight as it should be and others said it was too tight, we figure the Mach1 LV 130 must be just right tight! Testers were in agreement that the new shell shape had a more squared off toebox (which they liked) and a slightly taller and more upright feeling cuff (which they also liked). The revised CAS liner offers more customizable real estate but more importantly has a larger and better shaped soft area right over the bony top of the foot, which was universally applauded. Flex feel is firm against the shin and for sure a 130, but progressive in nature and evenly distributed they said.

Performance

Like all the Mach1 boots past and present the Mach1 LV 130 skis right alongside the best boots on the market, with many testers saying they'd drop their current rides to make this their daily driver in a heartbeat. Testers continue to prefer tried and true polyurethane for all-mountain charging, and in the Mach1 LV it feels both lively and classically damp. Testers had no complaints about the stance angles or how this boot handled in any terrain at any speed.

Cool Features

One cool feature of Tecnica's boot development story is Project 165 (named for their boots' orange hue) that incorporates the input and product testing skills of several top bootfitters from the U.S. and Canada--one of them is a veteran ABB tester, Greg Hoffmann! The Custom Adaptive Shape (C.A.S.) bootfitting features are essentially same here as they are on all the Mach1 boots for men and women—the C.A.S. shell is dimpled in common fit problem areas to aid with heat stretching and the C.A.S. liner is both heat moldable and grindable. In addition to these helpful fitting tools, the Lift Lock buckles are handy—they stay locked open when pushed to their end stop and the Power Lock power strap hook-in-loop connection sidesteps having to thread the strap webbing through a cam-lock buckle every time.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Salomon S/Pro HV 90 W

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.0-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Wide
Also in this Collection 
S/Pro HV 80 W (no Custom Shell), $480; S/Pro HV 70 W (no Custom Shell), $360
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Salomon S/Pro 90 W is reviewed in the women's All-Mountain Traditional wide category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Testers who loved the new S/Pro medium width all-mountain boot last year but wanted a touch more room--everywhere--get it this year in the new S/Pro HV 90 W. The entry and exit is even easier than the medium S/Pro due to increased instep height and testers say the forefoot and toebox room is massive but not quite cavernous. They like the more open calf fit of the HV, though the upper cuff still grabs the leg with performance-minded intentions. They said the flex feel is even and feels a touch stronger than the listed 90 rating and said this was the highest performing wide ride from Salomon they've ever tested.

The Fit

The forefoot and especially the lateral border of the foot has a more ample fit than expected from a 102mm last, which, along with an open and tall feeling instep fit makes for a great fit match for the thickest of feet. Testers said the ankles are well-contoured for an anatomical grip but not as snug as the medium width S/Pro. Similarly the HV's cuff fit is slightly more open than the medium width S/Pro, and flared at boot top to accommodate the muscular calf, though testers say the cuff fit sits on the snug side of the wide last category average, while the lower boot sits to the wide end. The Custom Shell HD feature offers easy fit adaption as needed--our tests have shown positive, if subtle, results for opening up the fit in tight spots and improving stance alignment.

Performance

As with S/Max and medium volume S/Pro, the HV is built on the Coreframe chassis which utilizes a stiff insert as a way to provide rigidity and power to the edge in a lightweight, thin shell wall design. In the S/Pro HV 90 W the shell is polyurethane with a fiberglass Coreframe insert and a polyurethane cuff. Testers have liked the power to weight ratio in all the Coreframe boots and mention that tactile awareness of the snow surface is very high, but manages to avoid feeling twitchy.

Cool Features

Kaprolene is the additive to polyurethane that allows for Custom Shell molding. Now in certain models within the S/Max, S/Pro, S/Pro HV and MTN lines the Kaprolene used is pre-mixed in precise amounts into the polyurethane itself rather than as a somewhat random additive at the time of plastic injection. This creates a more predictable and defined molding response which, when used in these thin shelled  boots, drastically reduced cook times from ten minutes to only two, molding from five minutes to only three and cool-down to five minutes. Our tests showed legit results without a degradation of performance, post-molding. Salomon now offers a kit for bootfitters to drill out the Oversized Pivot cuff hinge point and replace it with a lateral cuff adjustment for skiers who need more stance angle adaptability than the Custom Shell molding process will provide.

 

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane w fiberglass Coreframe/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Salomon S/Max 120 W

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.0-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
S/Max 110 W, $800; S/Max 100 W, $725; S/Max 90 W, $675; S/Max 70 W, $480
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Salomon S/Max 120 W is reviewed in the women's All-Mountain Traditional narrow category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

The debut of the women’s S/Max was met with widespread tester approval last year and it returns unchanged for another go this season. While some boots are powerful but heavy, and others might be agile and light, yet unstable, testers said that the new S/Max 120 W combines all performance elements in a perfectly even blend. They also like its true to narrow class fit—very snug in all the right places. One tester said, look out ladies, there’s a new boss b!#(% in town--powerful, driven, and tight. Very quick Custom Shell HD molding made subtle but good changes, they said.

The Fit

Testers put this on the tightest end of the narrow class for its fit in the lower boot and cuff. It's a true narrow and testers with slender legs and narrow heels absolutely loved the evenly contoured grip on every nook and cranny. Our thicker legged testers didn't like the cuff fit as much. Testers said that the shape is anatomical in every way, so long as the calf isn't too big, though Custom Shell HD molding could open that up a bit. The instep fit is close and testers said the flex feel is firm (a real 120) but evenly distributed on the shin. A few testers commented that it was not the easiest on or off in the group.

Performance

Our test team loved how this boot skied everywhere on the hill, from firm groomers to dicey crud. They called it light and reactive but simultaneously stout and damp. Some testers felt the flex lacked a little rebound, but all appreciated the 120 flex power and relayed that transitions turn to turn were synaptically quick.

Cool Features

One tester said the best feature of the S/Max 120 W was the fact that it was a real boot without a bunch of girly fluff and B.S. And along those lines, the features are stripped down here. Yes, it can be custom molded--the Custom Shell HD process is fast and effective for subtle shape changes our tests have shown. Testers like the Sense Claw 45mm cam buckle style power strap for cranking the cuff closure and dual liner pull loops are nice for getting this one on.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane w fiberglass Coreframe/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Salomon S/Pro HV 130

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.0-33.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Wide
Also in this Collection 
S/Pro HV 120, $800; S/Pro HV 100, $675; S/Pro HV 90 (no Custom Shell), $480; S/Pro HV 80 (no Custom Shell), $360
Special Sizes 
31.0 and larger
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Salomon S/Pro HV 130 is reviewed in the men's All-Mountain Traditional wide category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Our test team was stoked to get our feet into the new S/Pro HV 130 to see how the first true performance wide ride from Salomon since the Mission RS would feel. It's design is modeled after the popular S/Pro medium width, but opened up in width, instep height and cuff circumference. Testers loved the way the amplified room along the lateral border of the foot let it sit flat to the floor with room to spread out and said that while the cuff grips the leg closely it flares enough at boot top to handle the bigger calf that probably goes with this foot.

The Fit

The forefoot and especially the lateral border of the foot has a more ample fit than expected from a 102mm last, which, along with an open and tall feeling instep fit makes for a great fit match for the thickest of feet. Testers said the ankles are well-contoured for an anatomical grip but not as snug as the medium width S/Pro. Similarly the HV's cuff fit is slightly more open than the medium width S/Pro, and flared at boot top to accommodate the muscular calf, though testers say the cuff fit sits on the snug side of the wide ride average, while the lower boot sits to the wide end. The Custom Shell HD feature offers easy fit adaption as needed--our tests have shown positive, if subtle, results for opening up the fit in tight spots and improving stance alignment.

Performance

As with S/Max and medium volume S/Pro, the HV is built on the Coreframe chassis which utilizes a stiff insert as a way to provide rigidity and power to the edge in a lightweight, thin shell wall design. In the S/Pro HV 130 the shell and cuff are polyurethane with fiberglass Coreframe inserts. Testers have liked the power to weight ratio in all the Coreframe boots and mention that tactile awareness of the snow surface is very high, but they manage to avoid feeling twitchy.

Cool Features

Kaprolene is the additive to polyurethane that allows for Custom Shell molding. Now in certain models within the S/Max, S/Pro, S/Pro HV and MTN lines the Kaprolene used is pre-mixed in precise amounts into the polyurethane itself rather than as a somewhat random additive at the time of plastic injection. This creates a more predictable and defined molding response which, when used in these thin shelled  boots, drastically reduced cook times from ten minutes to only two, molding from five minutes to only three and cool-down to five minutes. Our tests showed legit results without a degradation of performance, post-molding. Salomon now offers a kit for bootfitters to drill out the Oversized Pivot cuff hinge point and replace it with a lateral cuff adjustment for skiers who need more stance angle adaptability than the Custom Shell molding process will provide.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane w fiberglass Coreframe/polyurethane w fiberglass Coreframe/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Rossignol Pure Elite 120

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Pure Elite 90, $550; Pure Elite 70, $450
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Rossignol Pure Elite 120 is reviewed in the women's All-Mountain Traditional narrow category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

The Pure Elite 120 has always earned its highest marks for its balanced stance, rapid-fire quickness and its high level of comfort, warmth and convenience. Testers remind not to let its fuzzy, furry liner fool you into thinking that this isn’t a top tier performer. They say it’s one of the stiffest and strongest of all the women's all-mountain boots, and while it is the roomiest of the narrow class in virtually every fit parameter, it doesn’t stray into true medium volume. Ease of use, good looks (testers like this year's graphic update) and great skiing get it perennial gold.

The Fit

Testers agree it's one of the roomiest of the narrow category—borderline medium—with a tall and upright feeling cuff and a roomy toebox (length, width & height). A few of our low-volume testers successfully dropped down one size in this model. On the whole, testers don't mind the extra room, and they say that the anatomical shaping is spot-on for the human foot and leg. They all love the faux fur, and universally praise the evenly progressive flex feel, if firm, at a legit 120.

Performance

Our taller, more aggressive skiers loved the Elite 120's tall, upright and stiff cuff in their normal size—they had the long leg leverage to get over the top of this boot and uncork its raw power and quickness. So too, did the shorter testers who were able to size down and get a lower cuff fit. Average height and shorter testers who stuck with their normal size felt a little pushed back onto their heels by the cuff and commented that they wanted a little heel lift to help put them in the driver's seat. Every tester, to a woman, agreed this is one powerful and responsive ride.

Cool Features

The fuzzy liner is made with Merino wool, so high warmth scores were not a figment of testers' imaginations. A set of GripWalk soles is available as an accessory (nice for walking, compatible with GripWalk bindings only).

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyether/polyether/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Rossignol Allspeed 120

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-31.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Wide
Also in this Collection 
Allspeed 100, $500; Allspeed 80, $400
Cantology Compatible 
Yes
The 2020/2021 Rossignol Allspeed 120 is reviewed in the men's All-Mountain Traditional wide category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

The Gist

The Allspeed Elite is narrow, the Allspeed Pro is medium and the Allspeed is wide. Every year testers comment that while the lasts get wider, they maintain the performance lineage across the board--stance angles, closure, energy transfer to the ski all remain standard for each model, and a skier can choose the best match for his foot and leg. Testers dig the Allspeed 120's tallish cuff against the leg and a strong but energetic flex feel--not rigid, not soft but somewhere right in between with a proper stopping spot, short of feeling overflexed. The fit over the midfoot and into the instep is generous and combined with the well-flared calf fit produced enough room for some real manly men here, they said. As always, the polyurethane construction in shell and cuff equated to damp stable skiing that adds up to confidence in all conditions.

The Fit

It's a wide ride with plenty of volume, its liner is cushioned and soft, and yet the Allspeed 120 has enough grab on the foot to enable high-end skiing movements and control big skis. One of our testers summed-up the Allspeed's classic fit like this: "It's like hugging a big, curvy, hot chick and feeling the softness and the firmness in all the right places." Regardless of the hashtags we still think that's a good way to say it. Testers also say the cuff is tall, upright and that its fit is open enough for big-dude legs.

Performance

Testers are impressed with how strongly this boot skis--a toughened up 120 flex they said, but testers also cite the dialed stance angles and high torsional and lateral rigidity that tips a ski on edge and manages it there through a variety of terrain at virtually every speed. Several of our testers mentioned throwing everything they had at it and it never failed.

Cool Features

The price is one its best features—best bang for your buck of the entire test, one tester said. But the fact that there's a 100-flex and a 130-flex version of this (oh, and an 80) means the options are many for high-volume foot and leg guys. It does have a Thinsulate liner, but if you're buying this boot we're betting you don't get too cold. This year GripWalk soles are available as an improved strolling add-on, for use with GripWalk compatible bindings.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Nordica Speedmachine 115 W

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Speedmachine 105 W, $700; Speedmachine 95 W, $600; Speedmachine Heat 85 W, $700; Speedmachine 85 W, $500; Speedmachine 75 W, $400
Cantology Compatible 
No
The 2020/2021 Nordica Speedmachine 115 W is reviewed in the women's All-Mountain Traditional medium category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Our test team liked the step up to the 115 flex women’s Speedmachine last year, saying the additional horsepower drove big skis well without feeling unmanageable—and so stepped it up to a second place finish in the group. This year they still love the vertical room over the top of the foot and said that the ankle pockets are firmly performance oriented (read: mold the 3D Cork Fit liner). They appreciated its useful features, like the Power Driver power strap spoiler, adjustable calf and a functional cuff adjustment for dialing lateral stance angles. Ratio of comfort to performance is surprisingly high, given that they said this one goes everywhere and does everything.

The Fit

The Cork-clad exterior material on the liner ankle pocket area is highly heat moldable, but on initial room temperature try-on felt pretty aggressive to our testers. Just a few runs warmed them up enough to relax to a tolerable firmness, but liner molding was the recommendation for a fully comfortable, all-day fit there. The toebox remains roomy, especially over the top of the toes, which most testers liked but a few felt it allowed for too much shift into the backseat at times. Testers say the dreamy Nordica liner feel remains fully intact still and found it one of the easiest performance mediums to get on and off. The calf fit is open and can be adjusted for a larger calf, so that feature was a test team favorite.

Performance

Shockingly strong on edge for how comfy it is, was the tester takeaway on average. Plenty quick, they said, for having so much luxury liner wrapping the foot. The stance angles were right on the money, and the straight up polyurethane construction pleased our old school rippers who like a strong and stable boot for dominating the downhill off of chairlifts. Hell yeah!

Cool Features

The thin shell wall in areas where common prominent points live makes it easy to modify the boot with a heat stretch, while keeping the boot thicker in areas that generate power and stability. The Nordica Infrared Heat stretching system is unique in that it uses an infrared heater to get the shell to temperature, then employs a suction-cup device to suck the shell punch into place, like a dent-puller at an auto body shop. It's got double liner pull loops and comes mounted with GripWalk soles and ISO 5355 ("DIN") alpine soles in the box--that's a nice add on.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Nordica Promachine 115 W

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Promachine 105 W, $700; Promachine 95 W, $600; Promachine 85 W, $500;
Cantology Compatible 
No
The 2020/2021 Nordica Promachine 115 W is reviewed in the women's All-Mountain Traditional narrow category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Edged for first place by a mere two-hundredths and sporting a nearly perfect score for edge power and stability, last year testers said the Promachine was an absolute powerhouse that needed not a single fit modification out of the box. Lively and balanced, they said it’s also tall and firm against the leg, and they liked that just fine. This is a real skier’s boot, they said, the kind that appeals to an all-mountain shredder who might often opt for a stiffer men’s model. One tester said, this boot has your back! This year, the teal highlights are gone--oh well.

The Fit

Testers used lots of evenly sprinkled 2's (1 tightest, 5 loosest) to rate the Promachine's fit in both the lower boot and the cuff. It's not race boot tight, but just right tight for the category, they said. Its tightest score was for the heel pocket and its roomiest was for the calf—that's a fit blueprint that will work for a lot of women. One tester whined about the heel pocket being too tight around the Achilles tendon, but our custom tests showed the 3D Cork Fit Primaloft liner did a good job of opening the fit where needed without losing a firm grip elsewhere, so we told her to quit whining.

Performance

Though testers called it the perfect mix of power and agility, it received a perfect score average for Quickness, Steering & Feel so apparently testers corroborated Nordica's claim that the thin shell wall Tri Force construction lightens the boot and provides better ground feel without a loss of torque. While the boot's lightness was noticed, it wasn't the primary element that testers were attracted to. They were far too focused on how well they skied everywhere on the mountain on the Promachine 115 W to worry about the boots myriad other good features, of which less weight certainly is one.

Cool Features

Testers like the rolling, grippy stride of the GripWalk soles that come mounted on the boot and noticed (and appreciated) the soles' aqua highlights that matched the rear spine and Power Driver power strap plate (which they also liked for its shin pressure displacement). Our techie testers also appreciated the full complement of useful stuff, like dual lateral cuff adjustment, a removable Velcro rear spoiler, two liner pull loops and four easy to use buckles (yes, with aqua highlights).

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Nordica Speedmachine 130

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-31.0
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Speedmachine Elite (130 flex), $1000; Speedmachine 130 Carbon, $900; Speedmachine 120, $700; Speedmachine 110, $600; Speedmachine 100, $500; Speedmachine 90, $400
Cantology Compatible 
No
The 2020/2021 Nordica Speedmachine 130 is reviewed in the men's All-Mountain Traditional medium category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Last year's Speedmachine 130 returned to our boot test beefed up with a revision made to the 3-D Cork Fit Primaloft liner that tightened and firmed the interior feel throughout. Testers said that modification transformed the formerly fluffed Speedmachine to a fully hardened All-Mountain medium width warrior, as evidenced by its highest score in the edge power and transmission category. However, testers assured that it hadn’t lost its signature easy entry and well-loved, evenly draped Nordica initial fit, it’s just toughened-up enough to be perfect--and remains so this year with only a graphic update, which testers appreciate.

The Fit

It's still on the wide side of the medium group in the toebox and forefoot, and plenty dreamy, creamy, cushy upon one's first slide-in (which is super easy), but the fit quickly narrows to a firm wrap around the ankles and on the heel, which is much improved over its debut year, testers agreed. The fit is evenly medium, testers say, through the instep and into the lower leg zone, which has a more locked-in, athletic feel due to the stiffer liner cuff construction. The flex feel is dead-on for comfortable (but high-end) skiing moves and testers liked the Power Driver plate that slides on the power strap for spreading pressure across the tongue.

Performance

This is the Volvo XC 90 of ski boots, one tester said. Sure, why not--all-wheel-drive, 250 horsepower, paddle shifters and plenty of leg room! Testers say the Speedmachine 130 practically skis for you it's so well-balanced and reactive to the surface underfoot. The thin-walled Tri-Force shell puts the foot in direct-feeling contact with the ski, though without a lack of padding or creature comfort, and it maintains a solid feel while on edge at all speeds. This is a boot that shouldn't ski as well as it does based on the high perceived level of comfort, but it does, and testers weren't complaining.

Cool Features

Testers liked the 3-D Cork Fit Primaloft liner construction for its firm, transmissive feel, insulating quality and molding capabilities. We really like the trick Infrared shell molding system developed initially for the Speedmachine (and now for Promachine, Sportmachine and Strider boots)—the infrared heater brings the shell up to ideal molding temperature and a suction-cup of varying sizes and shapes is applied to the hot shell and the suction pulls the punch into place. The only real disappointment in the system is the fact that it will be rarely used, since the boot fits so well (and roomy where most need it) out of the box.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Nordica Promachine 130

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Promachine 120, $750; Promachine 110, $650
Cantology Compatible 
No
The 2020/2021 Nordica Promachine 130 is reviewed in the men's All-Mountain Traditional narrow category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Last year one tester said, as you buckle, the engine revs! And out of more than 20 individual tests the comments about a tight yet perfectly-mapped fit were virtually universal. The combination of a tightly, deep-seated heel fit with just enough room over the top of the foot for circulation and uniformly snug contact throughout the rest of the boot had testers fired up to ski. Testers said the light-but-strong Tri Force shell construction did not disappoint while on edge (trenching) or in rapid fire transitions to set the next rail. It was the highest scoring boot in its category and this year remains unchanged outside of cosmetics.

The Fit

One tester said of the Promachine 130, just trying them on sets high expectations, and that sums up testers' fit impressions pretty well. They were excited to get this one on snow as soon as they buckled up, because they felt that this narrow fit like a narrow should. However, testers were simultaneously shocked that it did so with such well placed curves following the foot that it avoided the usual narrow boot hot spot map. Only testers with high, bony insteps and prominent styloids (base of the 5th metatarsal) had any complaints that would require a bootfitter's assistance.

Performance

The slimmed down, thin-shell polyurethane shell and cuff gives the Promachine 130 a light feel in hand, but testers assure that there is no resulting deficit in the power department. That it scored an average of 4.86 (out of 5) for Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support after 16 individual tests is a validation of the fact that lightness doesn't only mean quickness—though its scores there bear out that it wasn't a slouch there, either. Testers repeatedly commented that the Promachine 130 had race boot guts, especially on hard snow at high speed, but maintained an easily moderated throttle feel and could feather and smear on demand, a skill which Frontside boots often lack.

Cool Features

The Tri Force shell and cuff construction utilizes a mix of thinner and thicker plastics in different stiffnesses to create a rigid, transmissive boot that still wraps the foot and goes on and off easily—good features. The IsoTherm 3D Cork Fit liner is well sculpted to match the foot and the shell's interior incorporates its namesake wicking laminate to keep this slim boot warm and dry. Testers liked the GripWalk soles which come mounted on the boot, as well as the standard feature stuff you'd expect at this trim level like dual lateral cuff adjustment, dual liner pull loops, 45 mm power strap (with the Power Driver plate) and removable Velcro rear spoiler.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

Lange RX 110 W

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.0-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
RX 90 W, $600; RX 80 W, $500
Cantology Compatible 
No
The 2020/2021 Lange RX 110 W is reviewed in the women's All-Mountain Traditional medium category based on tests at Silver Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit Media.

 

The Gist

Testers this year reiterated that the RX 110 W is the industry standard for how a medium width performance boot should fit and ski. Last year one tester said, The boot’s best qualities? All of them—the RX delivers every year, again and again. There have been virtually no negative comments about this boot for the past three years running, with unanimous agreement on its super neutral, dialed stance angles and near perfect scores for edge power and stability at speed. They call its V-shaped fit (party in the front, business in the back) flawless.

The Fit

Testers say the RX 110 W is a benchmark for medium width fit characteristics without giving up on performance goals—meaning Lange hasn't blown-out the toebox and forefoot and fluffed-up the liner just to attract the wannabes. Testers say this top-shelfer fits like a Recaro seat built around the foot—firm and close in the heel and ankles and boot throat, like a custom foam liner a couple testers said. There's just enough room elsewhere to suit the average, medium-volume foot and leg, but without namby-pamby down comforter pandering. This one grabs on and holds ya. You're skiing all day, not mucking around in the lodge, right?

Performance

It's Lange's story again this year and it's where this medium has really elevated above the rest in the past--the pre-sculpted 3-D liner's exterior matches the interior of the shell in a mirror image, mating the foot and leg to plastic and transmitting every skiing movement to the skis. Testers said the boot knifed through all manner of junk off-piste and drilled hard snow like a power tool. The delivery to the edge was impressive, they said, but easily matched by the boot's snappy energy and feel for the snow underfoot, too. This power and agility combo can be attributed to the RX (and RS) line's Dual Core polyurethane shell and cuff which utilizes a unique production method to sandwich a less-dense plastic within the shell wall itself to create a more energetic, resilient feel—testers gave the nod to it again.

Cool Features

The RX 110 W is about what matters and nothing else—so you get a 40mm Velcro power strap, 4 aluminum buckles (2 are easy-open ones on the bottom, nice with gloves on), an upgrade to a dual-side cuff adjustment mechanism this year and replaceable Max Grip soles. The option is there to upgrade to GripWalk soles for 50-bucks if you have appropriate GripWalk bindings to suit. Oh, and the Dual 3D Pro liner has Thinsulate in it. Sure, warmth matters.

Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
Dual Core polyurethane/Dual Core polyurethane/n.a.
Tech Compatible 
No

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