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.
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.
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.
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.
“Powerful and precise--this boot had an amazing ability to grip the snow with the edge and made me feel like I was in complete control. What’s most impressive about this boot is how well it worked out of the box with no adjustments. There is not a single thing wrong with this boot.” -- Jim Schaffner
“Performed beyond expectations in varied conditions and especially well at high speeds. Zoom Zoom! At Mach 3 these boots took me on a journey. The boots spoke to me and advised just sit back and enjoy the ride. So smooth. Excelled in the bumps and I loved the lightweight feel of the boot.” -- Lance Cygielman
“Feels like it is sprayed on--very consistent initial fit. Great feel for the edge. The sensitive awareness is at the top of the class. The quickness and sensitivity to the turn is superior in this boot.” -- Bob Gleason
“Perfect! Fits narrow. Great shape. Perfect! Perfect stance-quick but damp, supple but precise. Perfect! Inspires you to go faster. Then it says come on dude push it. A race boot for mortal men but makes you feel like a superhero. Any turn, any speed--precise and elegant but wait, there is a rhino in there too.” -- Kevin Gabriel