I'm getting back into skiing after a few years snowboarding. My last pair of boots were Nordica 981's - booya! Anyway, I've tried on a bunch of different manufacturers boots and then I tried on a pair of Nordicas...and I laughed out loud. It was like meeting an old friend.
The store had a hot rod 95 which I found a bit soft so I am looking at ordering the 105. I tried on the 27.5 and it was a bit big so I tried on the 26.5 and it felt great, fit and snug, except I felt the top of the shell with my big toe on my right foot.
Here's the thing. We took the 26.5 liner out and I tried it on and it fit exactly like a sock. I mean there was no extra room at the end of the liner, my toes were right up to the end, not uncomfortably so, just exactly as a sock fits. Does that mean it is too small?
I only recently found out that Nordica makes a 27.0. Should I order that instead of the 26.5? (My bootfitter used to sell Nordicas last year but isn't bringing them in this year as they didn't sell well but they could order the exact size Nordica I want.)
Also, I am looking for an all-mountain boot, is the Nordica Speedmachine the same last at the hot rod series? Should I be looking at the Speedmachine instead of the hot rods?
Lastly (pun not intended), the only other boot I haven't tried on (I am waiting for them to arrive at our local bootfitter) is the Tecnica Pheonix 100 with the air shell. What is the 411 on this boot? I have heard good things but my feet don't have ears:)
Thanks for your help and any recommendations are eagerly awaited!