Nordica Speed Machine 10 (2006)

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Rating: 3.80 / 5
Price: $655.00
Year: 2006
Level: 2
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 3.80 / 5
Forefoot fit: 3.60 / 5
Ankle fit: 3.00 / 5
Instep fit: 3.60 / 5
Adjustments: 3.45 / 5
Closure: 3.80 / 5
Response: 3.80 / 5
Support: 3.80 / 5
Flex: 3.60 / 5
Steering: 3.70 / 5
Comfort: 3.80 / 5
Average Score: 3.70 / 5

Compared to the Speedmachine 14 (see AME/Freeride), the 10 is what you'd expect: noticeably softer, with minor tradeoffs on features that help keep the cost down. The fit is the same-a reasonably snug 100 mm across the forefoot. The flex is appropriate to lighter-weight or less aggressive experts (so don't feel compelled to spend more for too much boot). And the tradeoffs are minor: a narrower power strap (35 mm instead of 45 mm), a non-adjustable spoiler and a less sophisticated stock footbed. What's the same is the Speed-machine's category-leading Ease of Entry. As Wax puts it, "Point toes, push foot, buckle, smile, go skiing."