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Nordica Promachine 115 - Women's Review

An all-around snappy and responsive boot that delivers all-day, all-mountain downhill performance without compromising comfort
Nordica Promachine 115 - Women's
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Price:  $650 List | $499.99 at Amazon
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Pros:  Energetic, responsive, true to flex, cork liner, best out of box fit
Cons:  Bulkier than others, slightly wider fit than competition
Manufacturer:   Nordica
By Liz Chamberlain ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 20, 2021
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  • Performance - 35% 9
  • Comfort - 35% 9
  • Fit - 15% 9
  • Features & Customization - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Nordica Promachine 115 has everything we look for in a ski boot. It provides confidence-inspiring, all-mountain performance while remaining stiff and powerful both on and off-piste. We felt a seamless transition from powdery steeps to rigid crud. For the folks with low volume feet, this boot has a great out-of-the-box fit, though the heel pocket wasn't quite snug enough for our liking. While this may not be the lightest or cheapest boot in the lineup, it is entirely worth its value for hard-charging females who seek the perfect balance between performance and comfort.

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Pros Energetic, responsive, true to flex, cork liner, best out of box fitVery comfortable, integrated heating, adjustable flex, decent performanceComfortable, warm, responsive, adjustable forward leanLightweight, powerful, ultra-stiffLightweight, snug, powerful, includes Adaptive Cuff System
Cons Bulkier than others, slightly wider fit than competitionUnreliable Bluetooth heating, softest flex in categoryOverrated flex value, not sturdy enough for heavier skiersNarrow, too race-oriented, stiffness may be too harshHigh cuff height, loosened up after testing
Bottom Line An all-around snappy and responsive boot that delivers all-day, all-mountain downhill performance without compromising comfortThe softest-flexing boot in our lineup that suits a wide range of skier abilities while keeping your toes toasty warmA race-inspired design in a comfortable and easy to ski boot, this is the perfect all-rounder boot suited for a wide range of skill levelsA no-frills, high-performance boot with a sleek, lightweight construction made for hard-charging skiers, though likely too stiff for less-advanced skiersAn all-around solid freeride boot with a thoughtful construction that scored well on the snow but didn’t wow us in any particular category
Rating Categories Nordica Promachine 115 Rossignol Pure Pro... Lange RX 110 LV - W... Salomon S/Max 120 -... Atomic Hawx Ultra 1...
Performance (35%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Comfort (35%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Fit (15%)
9.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Features & Customization (15%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Nordica Promachine 115 Rossignol Pure Pro... Lange RX 110 LV - W... Salomon S/Max 120 -... Atomic Hawx Ultra 1...
Available Widths Promachine (98mm)
Speedmachine (100mm)
Sportmachine (102mm)
Pure Elite (98mm)
Pure Pro (100mm)
Pure (102mm)
Pure Comfort (104mm)
RX LV (97mm)
RX (100mm)
S/Max (98mm)
S/Pro (100mm)
S/Pro HV (102mm)
Ultra (98mm)
Prime (100mm)
Magna (102mm)
Available Flexes 85, 95, 105, 115 70, 80, 90, 100, Adjustable 80, 90, 110 90, 100, 110, 120 85, 95, 115
What We Tested Promachine (98mm)
115 flex
Pure Pro Heat (100mm)
Adjustable Flex
RX LV (97mm)
110 flex
S/Max (98mm)
120 flex
Hawx Ultra (97mm)
115 flex
Number of Buckles 4 4 4 4 4
Buckles Microadjustable? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Walk Mode? No No No No No
Weight (Per Boot) 4 lbs 1 oz 4 lbs 6 oz (size 24.5) 4 lbs 6 oz (size 24.5) 3 lbs 7 oz 3 lbs 5 oz
Thermo-Moldable Liner? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Liner Material 3D Custom Cork Liner Merino wool + Thermic System Thinsulate Dual 3D Pro Custom Shell HD Race Liner Mimic Platinum Liner
Shell Technology Tri Force Shell Polyurethane Dual Core Shell Polyurethane w/ Fibrglass Coreframe Prolite Shell
Binding Compatibility GripWalk + ISO 9523 Alpine, Gripwalk Alpine Gripwalk Alpine, Gripwalk
Size Range 22-27.5 22 - 27.5 22 - 27.5 22 - 27.5 22.5-27.5

Our Analysis and Test Results

Testing new ski boots can be painful work and often comes at the cost of numb toes, pinched calves, and several outbursts of rage and frustration. The Nordica Promachine, however, generated nothing but glee and, dare we say, enlightenment. The boot excelled in all types of terrain and conditions we encountered and had an unexpectedly comfortable out-of-the-box fit. While this isn't the lightest product in the lineup nor the cheapest, it checks nearly all the boxes for an advanced skier who seeks a stiff yet energetic boot that charges hard no matter what the day brings.

Performance Comparison


Flying high above Mammoth Mountain, the Promachine rips on bumps and...
Flying high above Mammoth Mountain, the Promachine rips on bumps and steeps.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Performance


The Nordica Promachine proved to be a lively and reliable alpine boot across the board. Nordica hit the nail on the head with the Promachine line, living up to its claim of pairing the comfort of the higher-volume Speedmachine with the downhill capabilities of their race boot, the Dobberman. A stiff and sturdy 3D Cork liner supports the boot's flex rating of 115 while providing a surprising amount of energy and responsiveness. The stiff yet forgiving shell construction allowed far more torsional movement than any other boot in the lineup of this flex rating. Unlike the stiffer boots we tested, this boot works with you, not against you.


The Nordica Promachine made the biggest impression when crossing through a variety of snow conditions. Where most boots stood out in a particular discipline, this boot seamlessly transferred from packed groomers to chopped powder fields providing consistent power transmission. The true race-style boots failed to shine in playfulness and maneuverability, while the Nordica Promachine proved to be the top contender in all-around freedom of movement. The torsional abilities of the ankle region accentuated the ease of transfer from one movement to the next, making bumps and tight turns a breeze.

We slayed on-piste conditions in this boot and didn't feel the...
We slayed on-piste conditions in this boot and didn't feel the soreness we felt with other boots at the end of the day.
Photo: Scott Rokis

The cuff height on the Nordica Promachine felt just right, hitting a sweet spot on the shin. Paired with an approachable forward lean and ramp angle, the boot allowed us to maintain an aggressive knee-over-toe stance. A stiffer flex ultimately aided in a snappy, energetic feel. We were surprised at how responsive yet damp the boot felt across all conditions. We could feel every vibration in some boots, but the Promachine provided the perfect amount of response to changes in movement and conditions underfoot. For the racers or ultra-aggressive skiers, this boot may not live up to the rigidity of other high flex, low volume options. You may prefer a higher cuff and a stiffer plastic on the instep and spine to access the same transfer of power.

The Promachine offers the perfect level of flex and rebound to...
The Promachine offers the perfect level of flex and rebound to tackle a variety of conditions without feeling overpowered by the boot.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Nordica's Tri-Force Shell construction was designed to optimize energy transmission and control. During our testing period, we felt the boot was assertive and playful yet remained damp in the optimal snow conditions. The 45-millimeter power strap with Powerdriver plastic reinforcement kept a tight hold on the cuff. For the most part, the strap maintained tension throughout the day and suffered the least amount of loosening compared to the competition.

Comfort


The Nordica Promachine truly surprised us in the comfort category. We feel the boot could accommodate a wide range of skier types thanks to its high score in the fit and comfort metrics. For those looking to dabble in steeper terrain, this low-volume boot offers an approachable, confidence-building design that satisfies the need for all-day comfort and all-mountain performance.


A wider cuff serves wider calves to eliminate pinch points while maintaining a snug fit. The plush Primaloft insulated liner supported by Isotherm technology keeps the feet warm and dry. The liner kept us warm on the coldest test days and arguably a bit too warm during our spring slush trials. While the boot appears bulkier than other products in the lineup, it is surprisingly lightweight and easy to maneuver.

Michelin Gripwalk soles on the Promachine are compatible with the...
Michelin Gripwalk soles on the Promachine are compatible with the Shift binding, though not compatible with standard alpine bindings.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Michelin GripWalk soles provide a rockered surface for easy walking. A softer plastic over the arch increases ease of entry and exit, making cold morning changeovers in the parking lot a bit more bearable. All in all, we experienced very little discomfort and enjoyed spending time in this boot on and off the snow.

Fit


The beauty of the Nordica Promachine is that it provides the performance capabilities of a race-style boot without compromising on comfort. The stiff polyurethane spine in the Tri-Force shell supports softer plastic around the instep to generate smooth yet powerful responsiveness and allow for more torsional movement than any other race-inspired boot in the lineup. Where we found other boots to feel slightly suffocating or too spacious, the Nordica Promachine was particularly snug yet forgiving in the arch, instep, calf, and shin.


The 3D Custom Cork Liner sets the stage for fit and customization. A cork and 3D laminate layer surrounding the ankle and heel region supports lateral energy transmission, while a Primaloft layer provides a soft and supportive surface and maintains warmth. The out of the box fit was one of the best of the bunch, though the performance of the boot excelled after molding alterations were made with a boot fitter. Other boots in the lineup had too-tight or too-slim cuff regions prior to molding.

The Promachine has a beautiful liner with a cork backing that...
The Promachine has a beautiful liner with a cork backing that provides impeccable transfer of energy and power from the ankle and heel to the skis.
Photo: Liz Chamberlain

The Nordica Promachine seems to have a more contoured tulip shape that suits our testers' calf profiles. One grapple we had with fit is that the heel pocket felt a bit too roomy. Paired with a medium cuff height, we may have felt even more confident with a heel wedge, though we didn't need it. All in all, the Promachine felt tapered, supportive, and comfortable.

We loved the Nordica Promachine so much we brought it to our...
We loved the Nordica Promachine so much we brought it to our favorite apres bar.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Features & Customization


The Nordica Promachine is fully customizable. The Tri-Force shell construction and cork liner use Infrared technology to better shape the boot to your most sensitive areas. Cork liners generally have better molding properties than foam and often maintain a longer lifetime depending on usage and care.


The buckles are micro-adjustable and the power strap is replaceable for those that can't live without their Booster strap. The Micheline Gripwalk soles are interchangeable for those that need to accommodate an alpine binding. Nordica actually provides a second pair of ISO5255 alpine soles. Just about every piece of this boot is removable aside from the shell itself, which makes for easy fixes and replacement of parts.

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Value


We would consider the value of the Nordica Promachine package to be unbeatable. The boot sits on the medium to high range in pricing compared to the rest of the lineup, with some models being significantly pricier. The level of performance, fit, and comfort you receive from the Nordica Promachine makes it a great value.

An all-around stand-out boot, the Promachine has an appropriately...
An all-around stand-out boot, the Promachine has an appropriately balanced flex rating and cuff height.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Conclusion


The Nordica Promachine scored an A+ in our book thanks to its all-around fit, form, and function. Nordica delivered on its claims of comfort and performance while designing a boot that can cater to intermediate and advanced skiers. We loved the boot's energy and torsional capabilities and felt that it maintained a truly stiff yet responsive construction. The Promachine will boost your power and confidence no matter the conditions or the terrain.

The Promachine had the perfect balance of progressive and torsional...
The Promachine had the perfect balance of progressive and torsional flex that made the boot feel rigid yet playful.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Liz Chamberlain

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