Nordica HR PRO 125 (2011)

If you’re not ready to rock the Jah Love (below), the HR Pro is the same boot with a nominally softer flex and more subdued graphic. Both are cousins of the Spitfire (see Men’s Speed). Compared to the Jah, there’s no difference in fit or skiability; testers couldn’t even detect a difference in flex. As with the Jah and the Spitfire 120, there’s no cuff-alignment adjustment.
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Nordica HR PRO 125

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Price: $875.00
Year: 2011
Level: N/A
Gender: Male

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