6Balls, I have a pair of 26.5 Nordica The Beast. These are 2004 models and they have maybe 35-40 days on them (I live in TX). They're in great shape and I only bought new boots because I caught a KILLER sale on some 27.0 Hot Rod Top Fuels. The 26.5s were a skoash too small for me.
Anyways, these are "The Beast" before they made "Beast 10/12" etc. They're very high performance and are rated at flex 110/120. The Speedmachine 14 boots were the ones that replaced them.
They're extremely comfortable, very adjustable, and very warm.
I think they MSRPd for $800 or so. Here's a picture of them when they were new. If you want pics of them now, please let me know: