Nordica Girish Pro Ski Boots 2012: The Nordica Girish Pro Ski Boots have the latest technology designed for big mountain athletes. Offering the ultimate precision and support for the most aggressive type of skiing but also shock absorption for charging big lines and landing big airs, the Girish Pro is derived from the Dobermann pro collection. Incorporating the highest level of flex and performance, tweaked with the addition of suspension technology to make them react like a motocross bike, these boots are quick and powerful yet smooth and comfortable.
Tr. Polyurethane Ether shell
Full Shock Eraser wedge for shock dampening
Performance Fit FSE liner with fur lining - Full Shock Eraser erases impact on the heel, toe, calf, and shin without effecting performance.
4 Alu buckles with micro adjustment
50mm wide Hook-and-Loop Fastener strap
High Traction Rubber sole
Pro Freeride Shell Construction
The Girish Pro has an aggressive flex of 130
98mm high performance last
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Comments about Nordica Girish Pro Ski Boots 2012:
I ordered 2 pairs of Nordica Girish Pro boots (one appropriately-sized and one downsized) hoping to keep one pair to replace my aging downsized, custom-fit Nordica Dobermann Pro 130s-- both of which cracked on a very cold day after about 6 years (~45 days/year) of use. I returned both pairs of Girish Pro boots to Evo due to the bad fit for my particular foot shape, so I can't comment on how they perform skiing. However, I thought that I might be able to provide some helpful information to prospective buyers, based on my trying them on about 3 times and examining them.
The Girish Pro is billed as being based on the race-oriented Nordica Dobermann, but they bear almost no resemblance to the Dobermann except that the buckles seem identical. The shell shape is different. The shell plastic is a softer type of transparent plastic which you can momentarily deform with your fingernail. (I don't doubt its durability or rigidity. This is just an FYI that it's not the same type of hard plastic used on race boots like the Dobermann.) And the liner is much cushier than that of the Dobermann.
Having put a Girish Pro on one foot and a Dobermann Pro 130 (and later a Salomon X3 130 CS) on the other foot and flexing them, I'd say that they all felt equivalent in flex-- which is good if that's what you're looking for. I'm a 52-year-old 45-day-per-year, Squaw Valley pass holder who skis very aggressively almost exclusively on the steeps, whether bumped or not. I prefer that kind of stiff flex to control the skis-- though it's not for everybody as it can result in some shin bang.
The Girish Pro shells seem well constructed. The buckles are adjustable and almost identical to my Dobermann-- which worked well for a long time. The Velcro shin strap is nice and wide.
The Girish Pro liners are cushier than the sock-thin Dobermann liners and so they seem like they'd be warmer. However, there is a slightly bulging seam inside the liner that runs horizontally across the lower part of the calf that caused me discomfort. (The seam connects the more standard material below the lower-calf to the cushier, furry material above the lower-calf. I don't think that I've ever seen such a seam and it seems to beg for such discomfort—though it could just be my particular calf shape.)
I liked that the Girish Pro has a rubber (orange), shock-absorbing boot board (under the liner). I also like that the shell has a shock-absorbing (black & white) sole. I've never skied on anything like that but it felt nice to jump around on and it seems like it would be worth the performance hit (which I assume would be trivial).
Boots are a personal thing and a shape that works for one person's foot may not work well for another person's foot. I have a pretty standard foot width & shape, with a calf-shape that is more ham-shaped than baseball-bat shaped. So it's not a knock on the boots but for my particular foot shape there were two problems…
Even when I installed a custom foot-bed inside the liner) I could slide my foot forward and painfully push my big-toe against the shell. (I had this "toe-bang" problem with my last couple pairs of Nordica's and I'm tired of painfully bruising and occasionally losing my big toenails every season.)
I also got heel lift-- even though there's a nice heel pocket in the shell and the liner which should have kept my heel tight to the boot board.
I would recommend the Girish Pro if it fits your foot & calf. I wish that they had fit mine.
I ended up getting a pair of Salomon X3 130 CS boots from Evo's outlet and those fit my feet so snugly that there is no ability to get toe-bang or heel-lift.
Comments about Nordica Girish Pro Ski Boots 2012:
I have been a professional skier for the majority of my life. Finally, I decided to switch away from stiff uncomfortable race boots. It was hard to find the right match that would combine good performance but additional warmth and comfort. These boots are great and do just that. Highly recommend!