Why we chose the Nordica Speedmachine 3 130: Comfort, performance, adjustability
Last: 100 mm
BSL: 315 (27)
Binding Compatibility: WTR and standard alpine bindings
Weight (per boot): 1,920 (26)
The Nordica Speedmachine 130 has long been the go-to boot for advanced to expert skiers searching for wide-fitting, performance-focused kicks. Now, for 2021, the Speedmachine is in its third iteration and features a range of performance-enhancing features that help to solidify it as our top pick for performance and comfort.
Nordica Speedmachine 3 130 Build
This blend of performance and comfort is largely thanks to Nordica’s all-new 3Force technology. This tech combines a layer of three different plastics to construct the outer shell.
Firstly, a rigid frame is made from a honeycomb material to give the boot precision and power without too much of a weight penalty. As this honeycomb material comes in at such a low weight, it meant that Nordica were able to cover a large part of the boot in this highly responsive material.
The next layer is a softer outer shell that tops the honeycomb frame. This provides comfort where you don’t require the extremely stiff, and sometimes uncomfortable, addition of firm plastics. Finally, an easy entry soft flap sits over the instep, where the softest plastic provides comfort where you need it the most.
Nordica then offers a range of customisable features to make the boots match your feet and ability level. The first of these is the flex adjustment, which offers a variable flex on the spine. This requires you to unscrew a screw on the back of the boot to change between a stiff flex (plastic tab facing up), medium flex (plastic tab facing down) and a soft flex (bottom screw out).