The 2019 Nordica Sportmachine took the success of the Speedmachine and doubled-down on it last year by adding a 2 to the last width and nailed a great-performing comfort ride. This year our testers said the Sportmachine 110's blend of convenience, high-volume and straight-forward skiing skills found in this affordably priced wide All-Mountain boot made it a go-to for lighter weight and less aggressive skiers looking for the best combo of cost and comfort in a stable cruiser.
Take the roomy toebox and forefoot of the Speedmachine and blow it out a little more—testers said the tapered grip on the ankle and heel is not nearly that of the medium-width here, and they felt that the relaxed fit tension worked well for the meaty-footed target. Testers did not have any fit zone complaints—other than a lack of general contact if they had an average to lower-volume foot—and said that the anatomical shaping matched the foot shape well, just on a large scale. Super easy to put on and take off with an easy to operate closure system—what's not to love here, testers said.
Gets 'er done everywhere on the hill, they said, but maybe not with the quickest cadence turn to turn. The Sportmachine loved its medium and long radius turns and was smooth and stable, which testers approved of, but they said there's definitely a little turbo lag and slight disconnection from the ski when compared with its more slender brother Speedmachine. Stance angles were neutral, if a little bit upright for the guys with average to slender calves. Big calf muscles have room here and will put the leg just a bit more forward, testers ventured.
The Sportmachine 110 has the same trick Infrared shell molding system developed initially for the Speedmachine—the infrared heater brings the shell up to ideal molding temperature and a suction-cup of varying sizes and shapes is applied to the hot shell and the suction pulls the punch into place. The only real disappointment in the system is the fact that it will be rarely used here, since the boot fits so well (and already huge) right out of the box. GripWalk soles are available as an accessory purchase.
“The Sportmachine 110 has the nicest liner of any boot I've tested so far—and it's plenty wide! Get out on the snow and get feeling it. For a Soft-Value entry it has the perfect stance, with a nice and progressive flex. Rearward support is more than enough, loves to carve, and quickest of the wide All-Mountain group so far! This boot is a good value for a skier looking to improve his skills.” -- Mike Evans
“Oh, yeah, sweet slippers comfy-chair come to papa--time for a nap. It grooved quick slalom turns on nice cruisers--sunny day everyday in these! Comfort is king here.” -- Mark Korman
“Wow this is a value wide? Skis as good as a lot of narrow Frontside boots! Give more, get more. I love it.” -- Kevin Gabriel
“More than a bucket, but not for the Olympian in all of us. This cozy Ford Fiesta rides fine until you get to the steep pass and the mixed snow and ice. Crank 'em down, I guess.” -- Mark Korman