Do you still use it?
Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped
Nordica "banana" boot
Do I still use it? Well, no....every pair ever made has long since exploded into many pieces
(plastics of the day and all)
I have a pair sitting on display that keeps cracking and no one is touching them. The old plastic just doesn't hold up. Did you get you boots foamed?
Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped
Mine were not foamed, I think they had the Norfit (flo) style liners. I loved those damn boots. They were unbelievably comfortable all day. Only downside for me was the leather liner took forever to dry out.
Fifteen years ago I had a pair of San Marcos with a wrap around cuff and a silicone injected liner. They fit well and were very warm. Granted that was after multiple fit sessions and two sets of liners to get them right. I skied them until they died, and there were no more parts left to revive them.
Rossi smash why do you still have the ad for this boot? And epic what are you doing with your old dobbers?
Jeffrey Rich C. Ped
I could try an explain.....but have a look here instead, it may or may not make more sense to you
1979 Salomon SX-70's. Comfortable all day, easy to get in and out of (rear entry), and warm. I skied them for 15 years, then tried several times to sell them at ski swaps - unsuccessfully. For awhile I thought it was because there was dog crap on the sole, but I know better now.
If you wants you boots to last and not crack spray Amoral (if its spelled right) on the plastic weekly and store them like a good bottle of wine...dark, cool place. In a box works great for darkness.
Jeffrey Rich C. Ped.
Even that would not save the early Nordicas....they were always stored in a cool, dry and dark place and still let me down after 15 odd years, go figure...
I had a love/hate going on with my Banana Boots, they skied better than anything I had ever tried, but they KILLED my feet.
My favorites are the ones I'm still skiing. Dolomite Sintesi 8.5s with Intuition liners and Superfeet custom insoles. These old boots fit like a dream. I'll ski them until they fall apart.
How much gear do we proclaim to be the "Most favorite" or "best ever" and come back to it later only to think to ourselves..."How did we ever ski this for a day let alone for the years that we did?"
Raichle Rx-8, rear entry (please don't laugh). Used them until 2 years ago (several years of not skiing much in between). My current boots have the same DNA, Full Tilt Konflict. Love these boots.
I had that Nordica Comp. Shells cracked. Didn't like them that much.
Nordica banana boots - almost forgotten about those -loved them. Mine also had the bonus feature of one boot slowly turning to a different colour of yellow than the other. Very stylistic with the rainbow suspenders and obligatory matching bandanna. Also very comfortable; had to be almost forced to upgrade when the shells exploded while sitting unattended in the garage. Saved the leather liners for a few years in hopes of installing in a Nordica Banana Mark II but no success.
In the Banana boot days the rep gave me the Nordica Olympics (1 piece shells) Great boot but kept ripping the cuffs off after about 60 days.
Personal favs (don't laugh) Montan Comps very early 70s'. Comps were red and higher; great support and super comfortable.
Least favorite: Hanson Experimental, they hurt a lot!
Hopefully my next fav; the one I just bought.
My shells cracked too.. ,,after about two 100+ day seasons, 15 more 10-20 day/yr seasons, then five years in a North Carolina shed.
Mine did the first year. Went to the Polaris's the following year.
Yep lol A very common problem with old Nordicas. I had a pair of Tornados. As everyone states, self destructed into corn chip sized plastic pieces when left unattended over the summer in the box a few seasons later. The lowers half were still intact though. Glad they didn't come apart when I was skiing them. That would have been...... well....... BAD!
At the time I was pissed. The Nordica Tempest was top of the line when I bought mine. I believe 1978 I might even still have the brochure. They were truthfully all a little below average recreational boots. Those liners were forgiving back then. I don't remember anyone having a problem to get them to fit well out of the box. I won't even look at a pair of Nordicas now. Been there done that.
OPQ: I'd say the Scott Boots. Not really interested in skiing them now because of what will most probably happen to them. I'm satisfied now to look at them and just marvel at their simplistic design of the old days. Superlight/Stupidlight interesting boots. I posted a thread here on Epic about them. One thing the thread shows is where to look on a pair of Scotts to size them. You seldom see them advertised used with a size.
It seems that everyone is properly answering the question. It's not "what is the best boot", but "what's your favorite".
For me, however, the answer is the same.
I think that anyone who ever owned a Raichle Flexon or Full Tilt would nominate it.
Before Flexons I had Langes. They transmitted everything from my leg to the ski, but even after about fifteen iterations of modifying and improving the fit, I still needed to unbuckle them at the bottom of each run to keep full blood circulation.
Then I got Flexons with heat-moldible liners, and for the last 14 years (!) I wear them all day and don't even need to loosen them at lunch. (Of course I hadda replace the liners after about 8 years.) What finally wore out was the TOP SURFACE of the toe lugs. They eventually became beveled, allowing, on a few unhappy occasions, an upward release at the toe (when the forward pressure of the heel was overcome).
So it's now Full Tilts, here I come!
How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.