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Nordica SpeedMachine14 vs SuperCharger Blower

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey looking for some opinions on some new Nordica Boots I have been looking at. Currently I have been using a Beast 10 and they just arent getting it done for me. I am looking for a stiffer boot that is also going to be a tighter fit and be more performance driven versus comfort. I am from the midwest Minnesota and ski mostly piste and get to the mountains atleast once a year for some big mountain skiing. I would classify myself as advanced intermediate, but not expert. I am skiing RX-8's 170 on piste and will be either on Atomic M9's or Elan Magfire 10's for anything off piste that I might go after. I am looking into 2 different boots. The speed machine 14 and the Super Charger blower. Talked to the Nordica rep he pushed me more towards the Super Charger versus SpeedMachine 14. Local ski shop pushes me more towards the Speed Machine 14. Does anyone have any other suggestion for a boot that would be around those sizes. With my Beast10's I did have some problems with pain in my back archs, but I believe that was caused by my high arches, stock boot, and I was over tightening the boot to try to keep my foot from moving and as the boot worked in I needed to keep compensating for it to try and keep my foot from moving. Any advice would be great. I have tried on the SpeedMachine14's and they felt very good, but just wanted others opinions as the Nordica Rep suggested something other than the 14's.

post #2 of 8
A natural progression would be to go for the Blower, It's a modifed plug based on the Doberman, therefore will offer a big change from the Beast. The flex can be easily modified and may need to get some work done on the shell. These types of boots need work, check out the list of Bootfitters close to you.
post #3 of 8
Judging by the look/specs of the Blower, it seems very similar to the Doberman Pro (which I use). It will be a very different boot to what you are used to. I had mine fitted with custom footbeds, additional heel reinforcement and a Booster strap (though I notice the Blower does have an elasticated strap). The difference between such 'off-the-shelf' plug boots and a high end boot is considerable - the lateral transfer of energy and rebound are much more pronounced than you will have experienced in a Beast 10 (or similar). I am lucky that with footbeds fitted, the Dobermans fit me incredibly snugly and are comfortable to ski in all day. Smallzookeeper is right that this type of boot may need some work - but some work is easier to do than other work. Try a number of such boots from various manufacturers to find the best fit. Go to a shop with a reputable bootfitter who can advise. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time sourcing the best boot - it'll be worth it.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I appreciate the opinions and knowledge to make sure I get into the right gear.
post #5 of 8
Heh, I thought this thread was going to be about the skis, which would have been a pretty serious non sequitur.

This question is not one easily answered via the internet with the info we have. Try the boot forum.
post #6 of 8
My advice is to try to eliminate the "intermediate" aspects of your skiing before going with either boot, unless you are a very big guy.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I am 6-0 200 right now.
post #8 of 8
OK, so you are a big guy. In that case I could see you in the Speedmachine 14. I am in the Speedmachine 12 and I am 165 lbs (and 45 years old). I know nothing of the Blower, but it is not as stiff as the 14 according to the website.
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