Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn

Model Year
2017-18
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$849.00USD

The Gist

The all new 2018 Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn takes the award-winning Speedmachine lower boot, makes some slick touring modifications to it and bolts on a light and stiff Grilamid cuff to create this year's favorite medium-width hike mode enabled All-Mountain do-everything boot.

The Fit

There were a lot of tests conducted on the Strider Pro 130 and so few negative remarks on its fit. Right down the middle of the medium-fit target for appropriate fit tension was the consensus. Some testers mentioned an overly snug heel and ankle for a medium fit, but noted that after skiing a few runs the liner relaxed just enough to even-up the fit throughout. The flex-feel is firm but on target for a 130, they said, with just enough cushion for the shin. The Cork LIte liner is articulated for touring and is light weight, but still manages to both cushion and control the foot. The Tri-Force design polyurethane lower shell can be molded with Nordica's Infrared molding system, but there weren't many testers calling for it.

Performance

One tester said, form has high-fived function here, and the rest of the crew agreed. Testers were surprised by the Strider Pro 130's power-to-weight ratio as the thin-shell-wall lower boot and Grilamid cuff teamed up to produce a noticeably light weight boot that pumped out remarkably strong and quick turns. It didn't take many of those turns for a tester to forget it wasn't his own daily driver and go start looking for fresh lines. The hike mode got pretty decent marks for mobility range and quality of movement—one of the best of the alpine-strong tourers for sure, testers agreed. The wire-bale cuff release actuation was simple and effective, they said.

Cool Features

The lightweight, Spartan Velcro power strap was a favorite—no silly pulley-buckle B.S. here, thank you Nordica. The wire-loop-hooky buckles were disdained by some and loved by others, but they got the boot buckled just fine with a little fiddling about along the learning curve. The combination of Dynafit certified tech inserts and GripWalk soles made this boot viable in a variety of different bindings: low-tech, alpine GripWalk, or A.T. frame, and testers appreciated that versatility (as will retailers). Testers were divided on the boot name's coolness, since it sounds an awful lot like an elliptical trainer found on the Home Shopping Network—but hey, you can get exercise with this one too, and with way better views.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-31.0
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Strider 120 Dyn, $749; Strider 110, $649
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
21.23
  • 2017-18 Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn at America's Best Bootfitters Boot
  • 2017-18 Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn at America's Best Bootfitters Boot
  • 2017-18 Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn at America's Best Bootfitters Boot
  • 2017-18 Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn at America's Best Bootfitters Boot
  • Marc Stewart testing the 2017-18 Nordica Strider Pro 130 Dyn at America's Best Bootfitters Boot

Kudos

  • “I'm impressed! Amazing skiing, amazing hiking—was quick and dirty, in a good way!” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Finally! A hike mode boot made equally functional for skiing and hiking. Game on!” --
  • “Surprise, surprise! I was shocked at how light, quick and stable this boot was.” -- Jeff Rich
  • “Turns on a dime, with stable fore-aft support.” -- Pat Sullivan
  • “In the driver's seat with the foot mashed down! Not a V-10 turbo, but a nice straight 6 with a tight transmission.” --
  • “The liner really evens the fit the more you are in them. Thumbs up!” --
  • “This one blew me away! Combination of materials and fit makes it crisp and strong!” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “Wonderful fusion of power and acute sensitivity—Strider and I are one!” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Lightweight and very responsive—felt good.” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Great inside edge power, very predictable.” -- Kevin Gabriel

Caveats

  • “Not forgiving—this boot is a beast!” -- Greg Coulter
  • “Too upright and stiff for me, hard to access it.” -- Brian Elling
  • “I didn't like the lift ticket wicket buckles. ” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Buckles took two hands—P.I.T.A.” -- Kevin Gabriel

This boot available at...

Steamboat Springs, CO
Warren, VT
Stowe, VT
Ludlow, VT
Telluride, CO
Houston, TX
Westborough, MA

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