The all new HF (Hands Free) boot collection is designed for those who want to have fun and keep skiing without having to think about their equipment. Nordica’s Machine family of boots with a new Hands-Free (aka Rear) entry shell and closure system. The key to the design is its performance one-piece customizable Primaloft® 3D Cork Fit liner, which wraps around the heel and forefoot like a traditional boot, providing heel retention and control while allowing for an extremely large opening of 40-degrees to easily slip a foot in or out.
The HF’s Wonder Lock buckle system allows for hands-free closure - just step on the rear closure buckle with the other ski boot and you are ready to ski. The rear closure buckle may also be conveniently closed or opened with a ski pole. The Maxcontrol Pivot provides perfect alignment between the rear cuff and shell providing exceptional lateral support for immediate ski response.
Type of Terrain: All-mountain
Ability Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We recommend this for:
Resort skiers looking for a boot that’s simple and easy to put on and take off.
- Flex: 110
- Last: 102mm (Wide)
- Shell: Infrared PU
- Double Axis Pivot
- Hands-Free Entry/Exit System
- Liner: 3D Cork Fit PrimaLoft®
- Rear spoiler
Double Axis Pivot
Refers to the alignment between the cuff and shell of the boot. Nordica designed this feature to provide superior lateral support, responsiveness, easier turns, more stability and easy control so you can worry less and focus on the fun.
Simply push the lock mechanism down with your boot to lock the bot into place. To unlock, the mechanism can be unlocked with your skin pole so you don’t have to bend over.
Fitting Your Boots:
To properly assess the fit of any boot you must lace or buckle it completely. The boot will feel small until you do this because your toes will be pushed to the front until laced or buckled. Also, keep in mind all boot liners stretch out and get bigger.
First, lace or buckle the boot loosely. Next, flex into the boot to drive your heel into the heel pocket. Doing this makes room for your toes. Lastly, finish lacing or buckling the boot in a flexed position.
Be sure to wear the boots for at least 10 minutes fully laced or buckled before making a determination. Remember these boots are not made for walking, keep your knees slightly bent and flexed forward into riding position. When doing this your heels should be pushed into the back of the boot and your toes should be comfortable.
You should wear the thinnest sock you are comfortable with. Blood flow is the number one thing that keeps your feet warm. Adding more material around your feet with thicker socks increases the chances of reducing blood flow.
To help your foot sit properly in your boot, you may consider an aftermarket footbed like Superfeet® or Sidas®. A footbed with arch support, not just cushion, helps align your foot in the shell and alleviates pressure points. Footbeds should be sized to your arch height and length, not your shoe size.
Spend some time choosing your boots, they are the most important piece of your gear!