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Tecnica / Nordica?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
So, I am in the market for new boots. I've found that the reason I've hated my boots from the past few seasons is that they were just too large... I've been riding in 27.5, but when i went and got fitted today I found I should be wearing a 26 (i could even get away with a 25.5 if needed). a 26 gave me 1.5 finger width in the heel on a shell fit, and a 25.5 gave me about 1 finger.

At any rate, I tried on the Nordica M10 (25.5 and 26), Solomon Impact 8 (26), and the Tecnica Dragon 100 (26.5, they didn't have a 26 in stock). I liked the Nordica quite a bit, and had a really good feel in the Tecnica as well, I really wish I could have tried them in a 26.5. The Solomon's were okay, but nothing really made it stand out.

I'm thinking that I'd like a flex rating between 100 and 110. I have a pretty normal size foot, no huge arches, etc (probably medium)... I ski all mountain, live up in the vail area and try to get between 50-75 days on the mountain every year. I spend a lot of time in the trees and hunt down the powder as much as possible off piste.

I can probably get a somewhat better deal on the Tecnica boots but want to take more than money into consideration on this purchase.

So, is there anything any of you boot experts might recommend? Perhaps a different model Nordica/Tecnica boot? I know you get what you pay for, but if there's even a boot from last season that you might suggest, I'd appreciate any insight.

Sorry for the long post, I'll answer whatever I can!
post #2 of 10
Either would be a solid choice. If yo are in the vail area, I would recommend popping into the Boot Lab in Lionshead and seeing what they have to offer. Techinca is generally wider in the fore foot than Nordica but, depending on the model, that could be an inaccurate statement.
The most important thing when buying boots is that it fits, then, that the boot is the appropriate level for your skiing ability.

-Jonathan
post #3 of 10
Just a few points. There is no difference between a 26.0 and a 26.5, the shell and liner are the same, they make a thicker ( or thinner) insole depending on if it is a half or whole size. Flex ratings are only accurate in a given brand, there is no industry standard. The Tecnica Dragon 100 and the Nordica Speed Machine 10 (I assume this is what you meant as there is no Nordica M10) are pretty similar boots in width. The best money you could ever spend is with a compitent boot fitter, check the sticky up top for one in your area.
post #4 of 10
+2 with Jdoyal's post
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
thank you JDoyal. yeah, I'm aware that the shell is the same and the liner is what varies, and yep, it was the speed machine! Man, I'm just messing it all up today!

I checked out that sticky and I'm going to try and carve out some time to see one of the bootfitters localy.
post #6 of 10
The liner does vary, it is the removable felt insole that they change.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for the clarification!
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by JDoyal View Post
Just a few points. There is no difference between a 26.0 and a 26.5, the shell and liner are the same, they make a thicker ( or thinner) insole depending on if it is a half or whole size. Flex ratings are only accurate in a given brand, there is no industry standard. The Tecnica Dragon 100 and the Nordica Speed Machine 10 (I assume this is what you meant as there is no Nordica M10) are pretty similar boots in width. The best money you could ever spend is with a compitent boot fitter, check the sticky up top for one in your area.
Just a point of clarification, but isn't the similarity in shell size between the half size smaller and the whole? I.E. Isn't the 25.5 and 26 the same shell?
post #9 of 10
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Just a point of clarification, but isn't the similarity in shell size between the half size smaller and the whole? I.E. Isn't the 25.5 and 26 the same shell?
Nope. Except I'm sure the Atomic B90 I looked at last year said 27.5-28.0, which surprised me. But that would be the exception that proves the rule. All other boots I've looked at were e.g. 27.0-27.5 (Lange, Nordica, Tecnica, Head, Solly, whatever).
post #10 of 10
Just tried out my new Technica agent 110s yesterday and they really fit me well. My old boots I'd be constantly unbuckling for comfort, feet cold etc, not so with the new ones ....

I tried on the Nordicas and they were a close second or third behind the Solly and Agent, which is what I ended up with. The dragon 120 was another one but I felt the liner was more of a race liner - really dense and I don't need or want that, wanted something with more give for crud and powder.

But I have a really narrow heel and wide forefoot, so fit is difficult for me. I think the Nordica was made for a little narrower foot.
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