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are Nordica Syntech NX 8.5 boots hopelessly outdated? I'm returning to skiing after a 10 year layoff and wonder if I should guy new boots

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are Nordica Syntech NX 8.5 boots hopelessly outdated? I'm returning to skiing after a 10 year layoff and wonder if I should guy new boots

are Nordica Syntech NX 8.5 boots hopelessly outdated? I'm returning to skiing after a 10 year layoff and wonder if I should guy new boots

I'm not going to be skiing so much, so don't need the state of the art.
asked by hawkman 3 years 15 weeks ago
answers (4)
sallyfranck's picture
Definitely buy new boots. They can really make or break a day on the hill, and if you're back for the first time in a while, you'll want gear you'll enjoy.
ScottMcClain's picture
Hawk, I agree with Sally. Boots are the single most important piece of equipment you can have. Fit and performance will be the most important part of your shopping. Also as boots age the plastic becomes brittle and fragile. I have seen people on the mountain walking down the hill with only there liners on their feet and the remains of an exploded boot further up the hill.
marnchar's picture
I agree with both Sally and Scott. Boots ARE the single most important piece of your ski equipment. Proper fit and flex are your most important considerations - in that order. Plan on spending a minimum of one hour at the shop and wear the ones you think fit best for at least 45 mins to an hour! Remember your feet will be in these ALL DAY at the slopes! 15 minutes isn't going to tell you what you need to know!
kidjedi's picture
I realize this is a super old thread, but I'm chiming in because I think the responses aren't necessarily good advice. The OP asked if the Nordica NX 8.5 boots he has are worthless, which they aren't (if they fit correctly). I ski in mine nearly every week here in CO. I love these boots, and for the life of me can't figure out why manufacturers stopped making rear entry boots (they are easier to walk in, easier to put on, and much more comfortable). These boots are warm and super comfortable. I love them. If yours still work for you, save your money and spend it on lift tickets. FWIW, it's true that plastic CAN become brittle, so that is definitely a consideration, but mine are in great shape and still going strong (though I do keep a back up pair in the Jeep).

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