Nordica Patron Pro (2013)
At key power-transmission points, the Patron's shell is about as close as it can be to the foot, hardwiring skier to ski. It fits extra-close in the middle of the foot yet retains some wiggle room in a relatively open toe box. Testers liked the instep and midfoot fit, familiar as it was (with a touch higher ceiling) to old Dobie Pro fans. They also loved the fat power strap and the damp, crud-killing feel of the rubberized and heel-cushioned boot board. "Bare-bones, big-mountain race boot." Notes: Newly modified Dobermann last offers more room over the instep and midfoot by dropping the elevation of the EDT bootboard, which is also revised to maximize edge power transmission but without previous weight or arch contour. Dual cuff adjustment.