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Anyone ski the Nordica Ace 3 boots? Impressions?

post #1 of 12
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Hey gang, considering picking up a pair of Nordica Ace 3's. These will be used everywhere, all mountain, off piste, some park. 

 

The flex rating of 130 is a bit of a concern, and I'm not sure how that flex works in a freeskiing-oriented boot, but if it's progressive and shin bang isn't inherently an issue, it may be fine.

 

Anyone ski this boot? What did you like or not like?

 

Thanks very much.

post #2 of 12

Ever tried them on?

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

Ever tried them on?

 

Not yet. Have skied in several Nordicas and am familiar, but typically customize the heck out of every boot I buy with shell work, so they don't end up fitting a whole lot like where they began.

 

Basically, when trying on a new boot, I try to get sorta kinda close to decent as a starting point, and then the custom work begins after breaking them in for 10 days.

 

I steer clear of boots built on a beefy last with wide heels, rather fit to my narrow heels and then modify the forefoot to fit the bumpy features of my flipper feet up front. 

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rather fit to my narrow heels and then modify the forefoot to fit the bumpy features of my flipper feet up front. 

You might want to look for a Head dealer and try on the new Head Hammer or Thrasher. The Hammer is a 98mm last. I'm still working on getting a pair dialed into my feet but almost done. I have relatively narrow heels and a high instep and this boot has the best heel retention I've ever experienced and is also the most comfortable in the instep. I had a female customer the other with very narrow feet and heels. I tried her in a low volume Lange RX80 boot and she said the heel was loose. I tried her in a Head Vector EVO boot and she said it was perfect, her heel as absolutely locked in place. She bought the Head boots. Its worth a try and you have nothing to lose by trying them on.
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You might want to look for a Head dealer and try on the new Head Hammer or Thrasher. The Hammer is a 98mm last. I'm still working on getting a pair dialed into my feet but almost done. I have relatively narrow heels and a high instep and this boot has the best heel retention I've ever experienced and is also the most comfortable in the instep. I had a female customer the other with very narrow feet and heels. I tried her in a low volume Lange RX80 boot and she said the heel was loose. I tried her in a Head Vector EVO boot and she said it was perfect, her heel as absolutely locked in place. She bought the Head boots. Its worth a try and you have nothing to lose by trying them on.

 

The contouring inside the ankle areas on the Heads catches me wrong; it's raised at the hinge points. I got severe bruising and pressure on the blood vessels behind the medial malleolus bones and had to remove material significantly in order to make it work. I guess I just don't have the same ankle shape that matches their last. Head makes great stuff, and I have Head skis too, but my dogs don't get along with their boots (without a ton of work). But thank you.

post #6 of 12

The Hammer is not your ordinary Head boot.  If you can find one close, what do you have to lose?

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If you're really interested in the Ace boots, better find some to try because Nordica is dropping them.
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If you're really interested in the Ace boots, better find some to try because Nordica is dropping them.

Can't find any to try on. Have an oppty to get a pair at a good price because they are dropping the whole Freeskiing segment. I can't seem to find any reviews anywhere.
post #9 of 12

If you can return them, go for it.  If not, I wouldn't.

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If you can return them, go for it.  If not, I wouldn't.

 

That's what my little voice is telling me too. :)

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I can't seem to find any reviews anywhere.

This is nature's way of telling us to move away slowly from that "complete purchase" button on the checkout cart page. Right up there with amazingly cheap new skis from two seasons ago that you've never seen anyone skiing on.  ;)

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This is nature's way of telling us to move away slowly from that "complete purchase" button on the checkout cart page. Right up there with amazingly cheap new skis from two seasons ago that you've never seen anyone skiing on.  ;)

 

Yup. Not getting them.

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