The Hell & Back takes the techy three-piece look and function of Nordica's Firearrow line off the beaten track. Throw the top buckle open to release the cuff and go. Testers liked the modern freeride look and extra grippy sole and toe/heel plates. They most preferred its lateral power, but found the tour mode adequate for surgical strikes. "Solid-skiing, and the hike mode adjustment is easy," said Brian Elling. Notes: Hike & Ride touring mode release utilizes opened top buckle to disengage cuff for touring, 3-piece shell design with tall medial/lateral flanges on lower cabrio boot for lateral power, 45-degree buckle strap at boot throat maximizes closure in 3-buckle design, dual density Full Shock Eraser bootboard and liner elements dampen vibration and impact, adjustable progressive flex allows for two-position stiffness without affecting cuff alignment, polyurethane replaceable soles provide additional hiking grip.