I can see how this might be confusing for you, let me see if I can make things crystal clear.
Originally Posted by crystal
Is this boot (or the whole Olympia Beast series) still in production? It's not listed on the Nordica 2008 site.
You want to know if the old Olympia Beast 12, or the whole Olympia Beast series is still in production. The correct answer is the old Olympia Beast 12 is no longer in production. The Olympia Beast 10 is still in production. Now hang with me because this is where it gets complicated....
Nordica still produces the old Olympia Beast 12, but they do not call it the old Olympia Beast 12. It is sold under the model name Supercharger Ignition. It comes in sizes 23 to 30 mondopoint. The shell is exactly the same as the old Olympia Beast 12, it has the same flex and flex adjustment as the old Olympia Beast 12 (80 or 90 flex) The only functional difference in these models is the material against the foot of the Ignition is softer to the touch. Otherwise you will not be able to tell the difference between an old Olympia Beast 12 and the Supercharger Ignition.
Now that I have made that clear as mud, hang in here a moment longer for a peak into the future of the Nordica line. For next year, this means available in September of 2008, you can buy from Nordica an Olympia Beast 10 (same fit as the 12 but with a 70 flex shell with no adjustment), or a Supercharger Ignition (that is the same boot as the old Olympia Beast 12)
OK, if you are still with me up to here, this is where Nordica takes a leap into hyperspace. Those crazy Italians went and redesigned a new boot to replace the Beast series. These boots are called Sportmachines, or in the case of the women's models called Olympia Sport. They used the lower shell last of the Beast and the upper cuff shape of the Speedmachine series. They built these boots to improve on the very popular Beast series. IMO they have accomplished that goal.
What does this mean for you? It means that if you need to have an Olympia Beast 12, you can get it with the Supercharger Ignition. Or you have another excellent choice of appropriate Nordica boots with the new Olympia Sport 12(65/75flex ) or 14 ( 75/85flex )