Originally Posted by XT-17
Background: i am looking for a boot for an intermediate skier. She has a narrow foot (narrow heel/ankle and a medium instep). She is currently looking at the Nordica Dobermann WC 100.
1. Is the Nordica WC 100 a good boot for a female intermediate skier? It seems the cuff is lower.
2. What are the differences between the 150 and the 100 in terms of fit? Does it have the same last and liner? This would not be good for her. I think the 100 is small womens/jr boot. The WC 100 costs a lot less $ than the 150.
3. What is your opinion about the Pro 100? I think it is too wide in the heel.
4. Any other options? From Dolomite, Atomic, Tecnica etc?
5. She weighs 115lbs. (i think). Do you think that she can flex the WC 100? I know that the WC 150 has lines for cutting the lower. Does the 100 have them?
6. I have a question about sizing. Nordica says it is available in 3UK. This would be 4 US. This is aprox. MP22 (they are built in the UK sizing). What i would like to know is this: does Nordica make a real 22?
Thanks in advance!
1. The WC 100 is a great boot and will ski well (if aligned properly) for nearly any level of skiing, but it is definitely not for everyone. It has a thinner and colder liner and is difficult to get on and off. It is also lower than most boots.
2. Other than the 150's higher cuff, the fit is nearly identical. Keep in mind that the 150 is much stiffer, though is can be made much softer.
3. The Pro 100 is a great boot, but can be too wide at the heel. For clients who need this boot (as in they do not want to deal with the severity of the WC 100), I generally add some firm padding to the heel pocket. But yes, the Pro fit with the WC's heel pocket would be much better.
4. Lange Comp 100? Atomic RT Ti XS (Be careful of excessive forward flex with both of these.) Next year's Rossignol semi-plug boot? That is about it.
5. She should have no problems flexing these boots, except maybe on severely cold days.
6. This is basically a 22, but it does have a bit more toe room than most 22's. In fact, the stock footbed is nearly 2 cm's longer than the production Lange in the same size. (This indicates more of a Lange problem than a Nordica one.)
Hope this helps,