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Has anyone here skied both the Nordica Transfire R1 and the Fire Arrow boot?  If so, I'd appreciate your feedback on both, and/or observations on their strengths, weaknesses and differences. 

 

I'm looking to replace my current boots with the 3-buckle design.  My priorities have shifted towards comfort first, then performance.  Current ski and boot setup is Dynastar Myths w/ PX12 bindings ... boots are Nordica Beasts.  The Beasts have worked OK for the past 4-5 seasons, but for a number of reasons, it's time to get new boots.  This setup has worked well for me, including the forward lean.  I am a 58yo skier, inter/advanced and ski ice and powder.

 

I tried various 3 buckle design boots earlier this year ... Dalbello and Tecnica and the Tecnica Cochise boots were very comfortable with decent performance.  The point being I do like the 3-buckle design and a Nordica last works best for my foot. 

 

Again, thoughts, observations and/or feedback are appreciated.

post #2 of 6

Probably not the response you're looking for but I'll be skiing a pair of Fire Arrow F2s this season. I haven't heard too much about them but reviews seem mostly positive. There were some complaining about pain due to the second buckle though.

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Are you working with a boot fitter? The Nordica Fire Arrow/Transfire are three piece cabrio boots as are many offerings from Dalbello. Three piece boots have three buckles by design. The Tecnica Cochise is a traditional two piece boot that happens to have three buckles. Two piece and three piece boots are very different animals.
As far as the two Nordicas are concerned the Fire Arrow is a medium width and the Transfire is on the wide side. I had a pair of Fire Arrows in the past and found them vastly inferior to the Dalbello Krypton three piece boots I have now..
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Nordica no longer makes either of those boots.  The only cabrio design boots they make are the Ace 3-Star and the Ace, both are 100mm last which is the same as the Beast 10 and 12, although one site listed the Beast 12 as being a 101mm last.  Head is bringing out two cabrio boots this season, the Thrasher and the Hammer.  We just got a Thrasher in at our shop and it looks very nice but it's too big for me and too narrow for the owner so we can't say how it fits.  The shell and liner are both heat moldable.  What Eric S said is true, a three buckle boot and a three piece boot are not always the same thing.  Atomic makes a three buckle boot that is still a two piece shell.  The number of buckles is irrelevant to the number shell pieces.  I did some work on a woman's Nordica Fire Arrow three piece boot last year and it was not easy.  If that woman's boot is any indication, I would rate the Dalbello as 100x easier to put on and the Full Tilt about 500x easier.  If you are set on a three piece boot, you should explore the Full Tilt(99mm last) and the new Head boots(98mm last).  If they are too narrow, either can be made wider by a competent boot fitter.  But, you really need to find a competent boot fitter and work with him/her to get boots that are right for your feet.  I have skied the Dalbello Krypton Cross, now ski Full Tilt Classic and will be skiing a Head Hammer 110 this season in addition to the FT. 

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OK ... I guess nothing is as simple as it seems when it comes to ski boots.  I did ski with a pair of Tecnica Cochise 3-buckle boots in February, with very good results.  Terrain was steep and somewhat hard packed and icy, albeit groomed, but they felt great from the start and performed well all day long.  Comfort was great .. I actually forgot to unbuckle them for lunch.  I should have bought them right then and there, but we were in Austria and I assumed I could grab another pair back here in the States. 

 

So, bottom line this is what I'm after ... comfort first and 'decent' performance.  I believe these were the Cochise 90's ... is there a correlation between these and a Nordica boot? The Beasts have a 100-102mm last (I think) and the Nordica last seems to work best for me.  It was my first time in a pair of Tecnica boots and I must say - very comfortable and they worked well for me. 


Edited by Dorm57 - 9/18/15 at 7:23am
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OK ... I guess nothing is as simple as it seems when it comes to ski boots.  I did ski with a pair of Tecnica Cochise 3-buckle boots in February, with very good results.  Terrain was steep and somewhat hard packed and icy, albeit groomed, but they felt great from the start and performed well all day long.  Comfort was great .. I actually forgot to unbuckle them for lunch.  I should have bought them right then and there, but we were in Austria and I assumed I could grab another pair back here in the States.

 

I believe these were the Cochise 90's ... is there a correlation between these and a Nordica boot?

 

The brand of boot is irrelevant. If the Cochise works for you and fits properly then it is a good boot for you. You should use a good boot fitter to help with proper fit.

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