Testers said that the search for a $500 wide lasted boot that truly accommodates a large calf and still holds up flex-wise is over! The Nordica Sportmachine 95 W is massively roomy in the lower boot and in the cuff, with additional calf adjustment available if it's needed, testers said. They also loved the solidly even flex feel that did not collapse under heavy burdens--it's way stronger than the 95 flex index advertising, they reported.
Our test team said that the fit is very open throughout the boot, from bottom to top, but has good anatomical shaping for the high volume foot and leg that might fill it. Testers agreed that the flex feel was one of the Sportmachine's best qualities, saying that it had a solid, reliable feel and didn't fail under aggressive flexing or on unexpected terrain impacts. The Sportmachine 95 W's edging work was damp and stable and the boot's quickness was hinted at but our testers said higher volume feet would take up the ample space and quicken the pace turn to turn. Testers said the fore-aft stance was upright enough that it would take a high-volume calf to feel ideally balanced--a much better set-up than a too forward one resulting in burning quads on run one.
The liner is silky and soft against the foot and leg, testers said, with plenty of cushioning and insulation for a warm day on the slopes. Its ease of putting on taking off was almost hands free, and testers said the buckles and power strap were simple and straightforward to deal with. It's not a surprise that the Sportmachine 95 W's Convenience, Warmth & Features score was a perfect 5.00.
“Wide wide wide everywhere! Roomy squishmallow with a firm-feeling tongue. A nice solid flex through the turn--very reliable. A warm cozy liner! ” -- Kori Coggin
“Cushy cozy boot for high volume feet and legs. Can deliver some decent power if you push the front of the boot and get it to engage--larger calves will put a skier in the perfect fore-aft spot. Also has an awesome calf adjustment. ” -- Emily Poore
“A strong flex but a slow feeling turn. It doesn't respond super fast. ” -- Kori Coggin