The Unlimited boots take over where Nordica’s Strider series started; the Strider boots were designed as options that could handle both lift-accessed and human-powered skiing, though they were a bit more biased toward the former than the latter, with fairly heavy weights and relatively limited uphill range of motion. The Unlimited boots aim to accomplish similar goals, but at lower weights and with better uphill mobility.
Nordica has accomplished this in many ways — the Unlimited boots are by no means some subtle update from the Strider, but rather a complete overhaul.
All the Unlimited boots feature the same last, stated at 99 mm wide for a size 26.5. They also all get GripWalk soles, though the “LT” versions get a sole with Michelin rubber reinforcements.
The Unlimited LT 130 and Unlimited LT 115 W both feature castor-bean-derived Grilamid shells to reduce weight, while the other Unlimited models feature polyurethane shells.
All Unlimited boots feature Nordica’s “Tri Force Cuff,” which combines three different densities of plastic in the cuff area. The front of the cuff is softer to better wrap the shin and create a smoother flex for both skiing and walking; the cuff’s stiffer “mid layer” is meant to provide lateral support and increase energy transmission; the stiffest rear / spine of the cuff is meant to support the ski-walk mechanism and improve power transmission and rearward support.
Nordica made two new liners for the Unlimited series: the lightweight 3D Light Performance Fit TF and burlier 3D Cork Fit Primaloft Light. The 3D Light Performance Fit TF liner is used in the lighter “LT” models and reportedly weighs only 280 grams. The heavier 3D Cork Fit Primaloft Light is built with power transmission and comfort as higher priorities than minimizing weight.
All the Unlimited boots feature fairly standard upper buckles (though they’re made with a lighter magnesium alloy), but their lower buckle layout is a bit more unusual. Rather than traditional buckle ladders, the two lower buckles are connected by a wire. The goal is both an improved fit, but also efficiency during transitions; flipping the toe buckle open will loosen the lower shell for touring, and then you should be able to simply flip it back down for ski mode; the instep buckle and its buckle ladder are the things that you use to fine-tune the overall tension of the wire.
That lower buckle quick-release function pairs with 50mm-wide, cam-style, quick-release power straps on all models except the Unlimited 120 and Unlimited 95 W.
The previous Nordica Strider boots used a mostly internal walk mechanism, but the Unlimited boots use an external bar-style walk mechanism that appears quite similar to many other boots on the market, such as the Scarpa Maestrale and Atomic Hawx XTD. It’s a style that we’ve found to work quite well overall.
Nordica says that the Unlimited boots offer 65° of range of motion when in walk mode, compared to 46° on the Striders.
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