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A Review On: 2013 Nordica Patron Pro Boot

2013 Nordica Patron Pro Boot

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Pros: Extremely reactive

Cons: Bear to get out of when shell is cold



I have not owned a Nordica boot since the early 80's so going back to the big N was strange. For the past two seasons I have been in Nordica's cousin boot line Tecnica and specifically the Inferno 130 (and some time in the Cochise). Nordica has taken their Dobermann shell and removed the EDT plate and replaced it with a more compliant boot board which makes the boot lighter with minimal loss of rigidity.


The switch from the Inferno to the Patron Pro was seamless, the performance is very similar yet the fit out of the box was a bit better in the Patron due to a slightly lower instep and lower volume upper cuff. The liner in the two boots are nearly identical but the Nordica is slightly shorter.  With these boots being so similar in feel, I skied one day with one of each boots and after a run, I completely forgot that I had two different boots on. 


I know reviews of boots are just a point of reference, no one has my feet, but if you are looking for a low volume fit that is not a race boot yet gives you a positive reaction on snow, add the Patron Pro to the list of boots you should try on. 





Shell Size Tested: 6/25.5 295mm

Width: 98mm

Flex rating: 130

Ski tested with: Blizzard Bonafide & Blizzard Gunsmoke

Footbed:  Full custom 

Modifications done to boot: Navicular punch



Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: North Tahoe Region

Number of Runs: 15 days on snow

Snow Conditions: Everything from hardback to 2' of powder

Demo or Own: Own


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

Footshape: I have a medium instep, strong arch and limited dorsal range in my ankle. Calf is high and my lower leg is very skinny.



1 Comment:

Bought these to replace the Lange RX130 (97mm last). It feels to me that they are a bit less volume overall (good for me), but again I am comparing a boot with 50+ days to a new boot. It is shorter in the comparable size (both BSL and interior length). Comparable flex, seems a bit warmer. Did not seem like a radical difference in forward lean, boot board angle, etc from the Langes. Will add that the Patron Pros are harder to get off in the parking lot after skiing I needed to sit in the car with the heater for about 10 minutes.