I can't offer any first hand comments on anything other than my Dobermans. I have used Nordica boots since about 93 or 94 (Grand Prix 90CK) and have had every model of GP until the Dobermans came out what is now three seasons ago. I can't imagine a more powerful and frighteningly responsive boot. I had the 150 flex Dobies the first year and they were awesome. Last year I got my hands on a pair of race stock Dobies (w/ super-thin felt liners and flat inside-outer shell). The boot is simply awesome and I hope it lasts for a few more seasons. I have no desire to look for anything else.
I know a bunch of guys who use the Salomon and swear by it, so I'm sure that is a serious contender also. I'm anxious to see what people have to say about the newly designed Lange boot...it looks interesting. I don't see too many Head Wc's on the slopes.
From the USSA races I go to and the Masters races I compete in, Lange L10, Salomon Course and Rossi Race 1 seem to be the most popular. Perhaps most people, certainly juniors, feel that they are not strong enough to get the most out of the Doberman.
Unfortunately, the best performing boot may be the one that fits you the worst. Pretty much all of the top shelf race boots are serious performers, so you have to try them and then get properly fit.
The Doberman wins hands down in the bad-ass looks department
If you will be in New England, it would be well worth your time to stop into Peak Performace Ski Shop. It's a racers delight. Race stock skis, boots and bindings along with first rate boot fitting. www.peakskishop.com[ September 20, 2002, 10:38 AM: Message edited by: +mike+ ]