Pros: Great fit and stellar performance
Cons: Not for the bird legs.
Having been skiing the Nordica Patron and this boot back to back, I find there are many similarities in fit and performance. The area that the Tecnica differentiates is in the instep in both exit and entry(with Tecnica's 'Quick instep" design) and fit when skiing. I didn't realize how well the Tecnica's "Quick Instep" worked until I was skiing the Patron Pro and tried to get out of it when it was real cold and it wasn't happening, an issue I never experienced with the Tecnica.
Note: this boot dropped $100.00 for 2013
Shell Size Tested: UK6- 295mm shell
Flex rating: 130
Ski tested with: Whole quiver
Footbed: Full custom - Instaprint
Modifications done to boot: Booster Strap, tongue shims
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: All over Tahoe
Number of Runs: Quite a few
Snow Conditions: all
Demo or Own: Demo
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 lure leg is very skinny.