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Discontinued - November 2016
Nordica confirmed that the NRGy Pro 2 is been discontinued and replaced with the new Speedmachine line. For an up-to-date analysis of the market's best offering today,
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Our testing reveals that the Nordica NRGy Pro 2 is an average boot for advanced/expert skiers. Still, simple, and functional, it scored slightly better than our best buy award-winning Rossignol Alltrack 120 but costs $150 more. For the more experienced skier, this extra cash is worth the investment. This boot is more adjustable for a boot fitter and caters to a slightly more aggressive skier.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Nordica NRGy Pro 2 was not a star boot in our testing. It is comfortable and warm, but its performance and features do not stand out against other high-end models in this review.
Comfort and Fit
The Nordica NRGy Pro 2 has a 100 mm last width that easily accommodates different foot shapes. Narrow footed skiers will find them to be comfortable and maybe a bit relaxed. Wider feet will be squeezed into a performance oriented fit. The width of the NRGy Pro 2 is comparable to the Lange RX 120 but the heel pocket of the Lange feels more secure. The toe box is tall and boxy allowing for some extra movement, which was comfortable and helped keep toes warm on cold days. Many traditional ski boots overlap on the top of the foot on the lower shell. The NRGy Pro 2 is different in that it overlaps in a way that helps to keep melting snow out of the boot, keeping feet more dry.
Downhill Ski Performance
Nothing really stood out about the downhill performance of the NRGy Pro 2. It is indeed stiff. Stiff enough for big skis in challenging conditions and consistent regardless of terrain. But it was not as energetic as we had hoped. It was not as responsive as the Lange RX 120 and lacked the aggressive forward stance we enjoyed in the Dalbello Panterra ID 120.
The liner of this boot impressed us most. It is heat moldable and uses cork in portions of the liner. Cork is dense and warm, and can be remolded multiple times. The large micro-adjustable aluminum buckles are easy to use with gloves or mittens on and have plenty of teeth in case you really need to tighten them down.
To help keep feet dry, the overlap design of the NRGy series boots has less room for water to leak in. Compare the placement of the overlap to a more traditional design like that of the Rossignol All Track 120 or the Lange RX 120.
Similar to boots like the Panterra ID 120 and the K2 Pinnacle 130, the NRGy Pro 2 has a rubberized sole which provides extra traction on stairs, rocks, and other uneven surfaces.
The tall and boxy toe box help keep our toes a bit warmer than in the average performance-oriented boot. The liner of the NRGy Pro 2 will accept after-market boot heaters without any modification.
We had no issues with the durability of this boot during our test. We are big fans of replaceable heels and toes on the boot sole because it extends the life of the boots. Nordica continues to use hex-head screws which we have found to be easier to use when the heads get worn.
This boot is best used by advanced/expert in-bounds skiers who fit well into Nordica boots.
The NRGy Pro 2 is not overpriced for a higher-end all-mountain boot. The heat moldable liner and boot fitter ready components make it customizable, which makes it a better long term investment than lower quality boots.
The NRGy Pro 2 is an average all-mountain ski boot. It skis well and is generally pretty warm. Its features are functional and don't go overboard. If it fits your foot, this would be an excellent choice for you. If you want the best downhill performance, try the Lange RX 120. If you want a highly customizable boot to ensure a good fit, try the Salomon X-Pro 120, which we find to be very comfortable and high performance. If you are looking for a boot with a walk mode and side-country versatility, the Tecnica Cochise 120 is our favorite.
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