The 2019/2020 Nordica Speedmachine 130 was tested in the men's All-Mountain Traditional medium width category at Silver Mountain Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
The 2020 Nordica Speedmachine 130 returned to our boot test beefed up with a revision made to the 3-D Cork Fit Primaloft liner that tightened and firmed the interior feel throughout. Testers said it transformed the formerly fluffed Speedmachine to a fully hardened All-Mountain warrior, as evidenced by its highest score in the edge power and transmission category. However, it hasn’t lost its signature easy entry and well-draped Nordica initial fit, testers said, it’s just toughened-up enough to be perfect.
It's still on the wide side of the medium group in the toebox and forefoot, and plenty dreamy, creamy, cushy upon one's first slide-in (which is super easy), but the fit quickly narrows to a firm wrap around the ankles and on the heel, which is much improved over its debut year, testers agreed. The fit is evenly medium, testers say, through the instep and into the lower leg zone, which has a more locked-in, athletic feel due to the stiffer liner cuff construction. The flex feel is dead-on for comfortable (but high-end) skiing moves and testers liked the Power Driver plate that slides on the power strap for spreading pressure across the tongue.
This is the Volvo XC 90 of ski boots, one tester said. Sure, why not--all-wheel-drive, 250 horsepower, paddle shifters and plenty of leg room! Testers say the Speedmachine 130 practically skis for you it's so well-balanced and reactive to the surface underfoot. The thin-walled Tri-Force shell puts the foot in direct-feeling contact with the ski, though without a lack of padding or creature comfort, and it maintains a solid feel while on edge at all speeds. This is a boot that shouldn't ski as well as it does based on the high perceived level of comfort, but it does, and testers weren't complaining.
Testers liked the 3-D Cork Fit Primaloft liner construction for its firm, transmissive feel, insulating quality and molding capabilities. We really like the trick Infrared shell molding system developed initially for the Speedmachine (and now for Promachine, Sportmachine and Strider boots)—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, since the boot fits so well (and roomy where most need it) out of the box.
“This boot is messianic--it saves lost soul feet. It is an oasis in the desert of dinged digits. Although it has all the fuzzy dice it rides like a Porsche, shifts gears with ease, took all my acceleration and left me gripping the wheel! Orgasmic--all day and all night in these, and so, so very nice to put on and take off.” -- Mark Korman
“So cushy and comfy—what a love-bucket fit from first try on! Only a few other things in life slide in as nicely as your foot into a Speedmachine!” -- Mark Elling
“Great feeling from shin to toe--fits like the one would expect for the medium last group. Good power edge to edge. Nimble and predictable. Great all-around performing boot for the all-mountain skier! ” -- Neal Scholey