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Nordica Speedmachine 105 - Women's Review

Price:  $500 List | $399.93 at REI
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Pros:  Comfortable, warm, decent performance
Cons:  Tight around calves
Bottom line:  The Speedmachines are an excellent all-around boot for all over the mountain.
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Weight (Per Pair, size 24.5):  8 lbs
Last Width (mm):  100
Available Flexes:  85, 95, 105, 115
Manufacturer:   Nordica

Our Verdict

The Nordica Speedmachine is built to drive advanced to expert skis and be driven by advanced to expert level skiers all while staying comfortable and warm. The SpeedMachine is a good all around boot and our testers enjoyed it. We think it performed well in all categories, keeping us on top of our skis in the bumps and driving stiff skis at speed. It did not quite keep up with its competitors in the performance and feature department and so is not the speediest machine of them all, but still a good all-around boot and a vast improvement over the old Nordica Belle Pro boot.

Color Updates
The Speedmachine 105 gets some slight color and graphic updates this year, but overall the design and technical features of this boot remain the same. The photo shown above represents the fresh makeover for this season!



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Haist

Last Updated:
Tuesday
February 28, 2017

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The Nordica Speedmachine performed well and are an improvement over Nordica's old Belle Pro boots, but are not a speedy with their energy transfer as some of their competitors. We think the Speedmachine is still a good boot for a great value.

Performance Comparison


We had fun all over the mountain on the Nordica SpeedMachine 105.
We had fun all over the mountain on the Nordica SpeedMachine 105.

Comfort and Fit


The Speedmachines are comfortable and are very easy to get on and off, even when left in a cold car for hours. They have a 100mm last and feel somewhat wide in the forefoot, more so than the Head Dream 100 Women's that claims the same last width. We noticed some shin bang, although it was minor and for those with lower calves, you may need to be strategic about how you buckle the boots. The Salomon XPro 90 Women's are a great choice for women with lower, muscular calves.

Women who have lower  larger calves will need to keep the power strap and top buckles loose to reduce shin bang and ensure a proper fit in the SpeedMachines.
Women who have lower, larger calves will need to keep the power strap and top buckles loose to reduce shin bang and ensure a proper fit in the SpeedMachines.

Our testers had lower calves; they needed to make sure that the top two buckles and power strap were loose to help prevent shin bang, which seemed to work.

Downhill Ski Performance


The Nordica SpeedMachine 105's have decent power transfer and can drive an expert ski.
The Nordica SpeedMachine 105's have decent power transfer and can drive an expert ski.

We were pleasantly surprised with how these boots performed. They seem to be somewhat responsive and enough of a boot to drive our expert level Volkl Aura skis easily on the groomers. When we pushed these boots on the steeps and really got forward to push the flex, they were there for us and always turned when we wanted them too, but eventually we felt the flex bottom out and could feel the buckles fighting back, and though they would turn when we asked them, they were slightly more sluggish in energy transfer than some of their competitors like the Tecnica Mach 1 105 Women's.

The SpeedMachine's cork liners were damp and absorbed bumps and helped keep us on top of our skis.
The SpeedMachine's cork liners were damp and absorbed bumps and helped keep us on top of our skis.

The cork liners add dampness and shock absorption when skiing crud and bumps and help you stay on top of your skis. If you are a lighter skier who wants a boot with no heel lift that feels quick and nimble, check out the Atomic Hawx Ultra 110.

Features


Nordica has made these boots extremely customizable for your boot fitter. The Speedmachine boots have cozy warm liners with cork technology that helps keep the liner from packing out over time as most other boots will. We've spent a lot of time in the Lange RX 110 LV Women's and have definitely noticed this phenomenon after a few seasons. The Head Dream 100 - Women's have many more features that you can tweak yourself, but we don't necessarily think they're all that useful. If your boot fitter can make these fit like a glove, that's more important!

We like the Nordica Speedmachine's color combination and think they're a warm  good looking boot.
We like the Nordica Speedmachine's color combination and think they're a warm, good looking boot.

Durability


We have not noticed any durability issues with this contender. During testing, they were a stout, durable boot. We did notice that similar to the Tecnica Mach 1 - Women's, their sole was not very grippy and we tended to fall in the parking lot more than in a boot like the Dalbello Kyra 95 ID that has better rubber soles.

Warmth


Due to their spacious forefoot last and thick cushy Primaloft liners, the Speedmachines are a warm boot. However, as with any boot, if you do not have a proper fit and pressure points exist, your feet could still get cold. We like Salomon's ergonomic fit liners and think they do a good job of reducing pressure points. The Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110 - Women's are also a warm and comfortable boot.

Cruising the groomers with the Nordica SpeedMachine 105.
Cruising the groomers with the Nordica SpeedMachine 105.

Best Application


The Nordica Speedmachine 105 are a great all around boot for an advanced level skier woman. They can drive any kind of ski in most terrain types.

Value


These ski boots are a great value, retailing for $500, along with the Dalbello Kyra and Salomon XPro 90. They are slightly less comfortable and versatile than the Kyra, but are a stiffer boot than the other contenders at the same price point. You may want to choose the Speedmachine if you're looking to throw a little more weight around.

Conclusion


A great all around boot for an advanced skier woman. The Speedmachine scored well in all our metrics and beats its competition in its value. They are a warm and comfortable boot, but women with larger, lower calves will need to be conscious of how they buckle up.

We like the Nordica SpeedMachine's better than we liked the DPS Ski's Nina 99 Foundation ski.
We like the Nordica SpeedMachine's better than we liked the DPS Ski's Nina 99 Foundation ski.

Other Versions


The women's SpeedMachine comes in many flex ratings for beginner to expert. We tested the 105's but they come in 75, 85, 95, and 115 flexes as well. The men's version comes in 90 to 130 flexes.

Jessica Haist


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