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I’m 40 years old, have been skiing for 37 years, and am an expert skier. I ski fast and love to carve on groomed snow but also spend a bunch of time in bounds on the steep/deep; I also ski a lot with my wife and when this is the case, things are more tame.  I ski appx 20-25 days a season mostly in Tahoe (Squaw, Alpine Meadows), this usually includes 4-5 powder days (without the wife on these days).  I ski on Volkl AC4 177cm which is 3 years old and a pair of first generation Atomic racing boots (I think it’s the beta race 11.5) which are 7 years old.  I’ve hated these boots since the day I bought them – impossible to get on and off, the buckles cut up my fingers, and I’m at the point where I ski with a very tight fit but pop all the buckles as soon as I get on the lift line.  Still, these boots ski OK and the prospect of buying new boots has been daunting...until now.

I recently had two long boot sessions in two different shops.  I tried on about 7-8 boots in each shop (all different) and bought boots at each place.  Now that I have two new pair of boots at home, I’ve been putting them on every night to see which ones I’m really in love with.  I generally have a wide foot and struggle with many of the high-end, narrow-last boots.

In the first session I bought the Technica Dragon Slayer – great fit, very comfortable, easy to put on and take off, nice and soft - I’m a little concerned these are too soft (flex 110).  This was one of the highest end boots they had in the shop.

In my second session (at a different shop) I bought the Nordica Speedmachine 130 – I think this is the better natural fit out of the box, also very comfortable and easy to put on and take off.  I love the soft/hard flex adjustor (through the switch on the back) that dials in 120 or 130 flex.  That said, I don’t notice a material difference in the flex between this and the Dragon Slayer (maybe that’s a good thing?).

My questions:

  1. I’m concerned about the ‘bait and switch.”  How much more stiff will each boot become in the cold?  I think I’m in love with the Speedmachine 130s...but how different will they feel on the hill?  Will a few hours in the cold turn the Speedmachine’s into concrete, and should I go with the Dragon Slayer?
  2. I’m attracted to the fit and everything I’ve read about the Speedmachine 130’s – but how will they ski on those special powder days?  Will I last all day in these or will I be in pain shortly after lunch?   

Thanks for your guidance.



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