Originally Posted by kestner9
I am thinking of picking up a pair of Nordica Hot Rod Boots. I have Tecnica Alum Comps and Race Rs. I really could take or leave either of them. The Alum Comps is just average all around, kind of chunky and a too soft when I go after it. The Race R is a nice boot, and after getting it ground and fit to me it is pretty managable. However, I don't really need a plug for everyday skiing. Most of all, I hate the extra forward lean. I still love my old Tecnica Explosion 8's . . . so I was thinking the Hot Rod might be a nice "consumer" boot that will be low volume enough to give me better performance, but not too demanding. Also, I have heard the Nordica's generally have a more upright stance which I like . . .
Wanted to hear other's thoughts.
WOW! I had the Alu Comp and the Race R too. Now i have a Hot Rod as my freeskiing boot for aggressive skiing and a hybrid for relaxed skiing and teaching.
First, you have to know a few things about the Hot Rod. It is a medium volume fit. It runs big. It has an upright stance. I'm 6' and my knee plumbs out between the toe dam and the toe lug when i'm in neutral. It is what i need.
Second, the shell fit. My foot is 271-272mm long (which would be equivalent to size 10), D width. I tried the boot in a UK 6/US 7 and i have a 1/1+ finger shell fit. The boot had a medium volume fit throughout.
Then, i tried a UK5/US6. The boot was unbearable with the stock liner which was too short and too narrow. So i put in the Diablo Race R lace-up liner. The fit changed. Now i could feel the interior shell contours. I measured the maximum forefoot and heel width of my UK5 Hot Rod and compared them to the UK6 Diablo Race R (1 finger shell fit).
Maximum forefoot width: Hot Rod=93mm; Diablo Race R=90mm
Maxium heel width: Hot Rod=65mm; Race R=62mm
This clearly shows that the Hot Rod, altough 1 size smaller than the Race R (0mm shell fit v. 1finger shell fit) is 3mm wider throughout. This means that it is 1.5mm wider on the medial side and 1.5 on the lateral side. Both boots have the lace-up liner.
I did not measure the UK6 Hot Rod but it is definitely wider. I look inside the lower shell and i could easily note that the heel was not very narrow. It was medium. This is 3 sizes smaller. The boot was comfortable. It could have worked for me.
Other important observations:
In a UK6, the Hot Rod did not flex as well as it does in a UK5. I am not sure why. Maybe because i have a medium-lower instep and the UK5 Hot Rod has a medium-lower instep. The UK6 had a higher instep.
The UK6 was stiffer. Probably it is related to the instep issue.