The recent runaway success of its skis may have overshadowed stumbles as a boot brand, but testers said boots like the Speedmachine will put Nordica back on top. The Speedmachine aims to blend the performance of a racy Dobermann with just enough comfort for all-day resort ripping. Standard features and proven architecture deliver a satisfying experience. The flex is firm but never harsh. Its skiability is powerful, not twitchy. “Resilient materials make it light, quick, and high in awareness,” said Gleason.