Nordica Speedmachine 3 115 W

Model Year
2023-2024
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
100
Flex Index
115
Price (MSRP)
$800.00USD

The Nordica Speedmachine 3 115 W took top honors in the medium width group of the All-Mountain Traditional category, the most heavily populated segment of the women's test. First place here combined with Nordica's other first place in the narrow group for a two-entry sweep of the category. Testers were not surprised by the Speedmachine's high scoring results, it has done well in boot tests previously in a variety of different iterations, but this year a few of our boot retailer testers were asking, why don't we sell Nordica? And some of our other testers whose own boots are of other brands were asking, why don't I ski in Nordica?

These are good questions without good enough answers, probably, because the Nordica narrow and medium width All-Mountain boots have rarely disappointed--they remain one of the categories' benchmark models year in and year out at our test for a consistently good fit that pairs with top rate performance on snow, and they don't come with any surprises to throw a skier off her game. Testers loved the way the Speedmachine worked with their particular skiing styles, many of them citing that they simply buckled up and went skiing without having to worry about an off-the-mark stance or unexpected flex feel. Intuitive, easy and fun were some of the descriptors that came up repeatedly.

Our team was similarly in agreement that this medium width ran more snug than expected in both the lower boot and upper cuff, and had a particularly tight heel and instep fits in the group, which translated into high scores for ski control but resulted in slight demerits in comfort and bloodflow for the target, average foot shape. Granted these were not major concerns for our team as it didn't bump the boot from first place, but fit did represent its lowest score, whereas it got a perfect score for Quickness & Steering. Testers universally praised the Speedmachine 3 115 W's feel for the snow underfoot, which they characterized as tuned-in and quick to respond. They also heaped compliments onto the boot's progressive flex feel that addressed the leg shaft in an even (if firm) way.

The takeaway for testers was that the Speedmachine remains a no-brainer for good skiers who don't want fancy features and would rather just put on a boot and go rip anywhere on the mountain without any boot related fuss.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
105, 95, 85
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
4.83
Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.67
Dynamic Balance 
4.83
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.83
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
5.00
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.83
Tech Compatible 
No

Kudos

  • “Narrower heel, wider forefoot, moderate instep, good versatile skier? This is the boot for you! Skis fluidly and progressively. This liner is definitely warmer for my cold toesies, and it feels like it's going to give me a couple of seasons at least.” -- Sam Tischendorf
  • “Snug for a medium-width. Super responsive.” -- Lee Ann Ross
  • “Great boot. Put it on and go! I didn't even bother to put my footbed in. It's made to fit and ski straight out of the box. Does it all and I love the pink buckles!” -- Liz Elling
  • “Snug fit for the foot offers up that automatic response time. Very quick and nimble--tuned in foot feel and smooth flex. Calf adjustment is a nice touch. Great medium fit.” -- Emily Poore
  • “Heel is pretty dang tight though, for a medium width.” -- Emily Poore
  • “Progressive flexion and extension in all terrain--fitwise, it's right in between a narrow and a medium. ” -- Linda Parazoo

Caveats

  • “Too tight for the category, IMO.” -- Lee Ann Ross
  • “Has a lowish instep fit for how roomy the toebox is. Top of the cuff is hitting my shin a bit harshly but it's not bad after skiing it. ” -- Liz Elling

This boot available at...

Plymouth, MI
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Steamboat Springs, CO
Big Bear Lake, CA
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Houston, TX

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