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Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011

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Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011: Designed for advanced to expert skiers who want the ultimate link between skier and ski the Nordica Hot Rod 85 ski boot is ready to take on anything the mountain has to offer. With the Hot Rod series, Nordica created a whole new category of ski boots designed to address the needs of the evolving all mountain skier. The Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots combine a slightly lower volume shell with a stiffer flex index and a FIS approved wedge under the liner for the ultimate in boot control and power.

Product Details

Materials

Tr. Polyether bi-injected

Liner

Heat-ready Nordica PFP Performance Fit FSE liner and Comfort Fit footbed with high rigidity and elevated arch.

Additional Features

micro-adjustable aluminum buckles featuring two Servolock closures, 45-mm. wide Hook-and-Loop Fastener strap

Flex and Fit

The slightly stiffer flex, forefoot width of 100, and improved fit make the Nordica Hot Rod 95 Ski Boots the perfect fit for all mountain skiing. The slight forward lean provides maximum comfort for all day skiing while allowing for enough flex to switch up riding styles.

Specs

  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • Ski Boot Flex: Medium
  • Flex Index: 85
  • Forefoot Width: 100 mm
  • Number of Buckles: 4
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Binding Compatibility: ISO Alpine

Reviews

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Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (21)
  • Buckles easily (19)
  • Easy in/out (17)
  • Well built / quality (17)
  • Retains warmth (13)

Cons

  • Too much flex (4)
  • Lacks adjustability (3)

Best Uses

  • Downhill (18)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      91% 

      (20 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      100% 

      (22 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (9), Expert (6), Intermediate (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I am happy with Boots, exellent product

Mountain skiing
Soft, light, hold the leg like monolit
Cant say anything bad yet...and I hope dont have to

Mountain skiing
Soft, light, hold the leg like monolit
Cant say anything bad yet...and I hope dont have to

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nordica Hot Rod 85

Boot fit great but the rachet teeth were not adjustable because they were fastened to the boot with rivets. There was no extra holes to move the rachets due to a smaller ankle. Other...Read complete review

Boot fit great but the rachet teeth were not adjustable because they were fastened to the boot with rivets. There was no extra holes to move the rachets due to a smaller ankle. Other boots that I encountered were easily adjustable in that area.

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5.0

perfect!

By 

from denver, co

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

        Most comfortable ski boot made! You can't beat the price.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        Quality construction

        By 

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Buckles Easily
        • Comfortable
        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

        • Lacks Adjustability
        • Too Much Flex

        Best Uses

        • Downhill

        Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

        I should have purchased a size 26 instead of 26.5. I don't think this was a result of the boot not running true to size, I just have a tough time getting my size right and this is compounded by mail ordering boots. However the savings is well worth the effort of using mail order. I never skied these boots so my review isn't worth much.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels half size too big
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great Boots

        By 

        from North Idaho

        About Me Expert

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Buckles Easily
        • Comfortable
        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction
        • Retains Warmth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill

          Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

          So far these have proven to be great boots. I would have given a five but since my previous boots were 15 years old it's hard to tell if just any new boots would have been better. Overall, I've actually seen improvement in my performance since buying these boots, I was able to ski all day with them right out of the box, and they are super adjustable.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          "These boots helped me tame Whiteface"

          By 

          from Whiteface Mt. wilmington, NY.

          About Me Expert

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Buckles Easily
          • Comfortable
          • Easy Entry & Exit
          • Highly Adjustable
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction
          • Retains Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Downhill

            Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

            I ski a heavy ski and these boots keep my turns tight, very responsive.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Nordica 2011 Hot Rods

            By 

            from Middle of Nowhere, WA

            About Me Intermediate

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Buckles Easily
            • Comfortable
            • Easy In
            • Look great
            • Retains Warmth

            Cons

            • none so far

            Best Uses

            • All-Mountain

            Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

            As indicated in the above information, I use these boots for all-mountain skiing and as of yet, they haven't failed me in that capacity in the slightest. The liner breaks in pretty quickly so you'll find yourself adjusting the buckles a bit often on your first couple of uses, but that just means you'll be getting a boot that fits much better and over a shorter period of time. The only issue I've had so far with the Hot Rods is the slight difficulty getting out of them when it's time to head home. To be fair though, this is after using myself up to the point that I'm hoping I can remain standing for the next 100 meters so I make it to the lodge. In which case, removing yourself from a well-fitting ski boot is going to present some challenges. Good luck to you on the slopes!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            So far so good! Great fit,

            By 

            from Denver, Co

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Downhill

              Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

              Great fit

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              2.0

              Nordica Hot Rod 85

              By 

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Buckles Easily
              • Comfortable
              • Easy Entry & Exit
              • Nice looking
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Lacks Adjustability
              • Use rivets not screws

              Best Uses

              • Not applicable

              Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

              Boot fit great but the rachet teeth were not adjustable because they were fastened to the boot with rivets. There was no extra holes to move the rachets due to a smaller ankle. Other boots that I encountered were easily adjustable in that area.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              nice boot

              By 

              from pepperell, ma

              About Me Expert

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Buckles Easily
              • Comfortable
              • Highly Adjustable
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Too Much Flex

              Best Uses

              • Downhill

              Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

              the boots were great in all ways but one for me. they seemed a bit too soft to be capable of holding a solid edge in challenging terrain. otherwise, they were pretty sweet. i think they're better for soft snow and moderate cruising.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Quality boot, good fit, check you flex

              By 

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Expert

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Buckles Easily
              • Comfortable
              • Easy Entry & Exit
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Too Much Flex

              Best Uses

              • Downhill

              Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

              Get accustomed to your flex needs, this boot was tooooo soft for agressive skiing.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels half size too big
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              I am happy with Boots, exellent product

              By 

              from Manhattan, NY

              About Me Intermediate

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Buckles Easily
              • Comfortable
              • Easy Entry & Exit
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction
              • Retains Warmth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Downhill
                • Racing

                Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                Mountain skiing
                Soft, light, hold the leg like monolit
                Cant say anything bad yet...and I hope dont have to

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Hot Boots

                By 

                from Swansea, MA

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Buckles Easily
                • Comfortable
                • Easy Entry & Exit
                • Highly Adjustable
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Construction
                • Retains Warmth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Downhill

                  Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                  This boots are great. I have been skiing for about eight years but just returned after being away for ten. All my equipment was outdated to be kind and after trying on several different boots I found the Hot Rod 85s to be the most comfortable, lightest and easiest to get on. After skiing several days they preform well, sufficient flex, awesome foot to ski reaction and I never experienced foot fatigue after skiing 7 straight hours. I would definitely recommend these to someone looking to upgrade from older equipment or looking for a better performance boot.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  great boots

                  By 

                  from so cal

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Buckles Easily
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy Entry & Exit
                  • Highly Adjustable
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Downhill

                    Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                    I have wide feet so finding boots that fit correctly and are comfortable are a real challenge for me. Not only did these fit perfectly right out of the box but the buckles make fine tuning the fit very easy. I ski about 50/50 and these are a nice stiff boot that easily adjusts to my needs on the fly.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Boots

                    By 

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Intermediate

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Buckles Easily
                    • Comfortable
                    • Easy Entry & Exit
                    • Highly Adjustable
                    • Quality Construction
                    • Retains Warmth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Downhill

                      Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                      Great boots :)))

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Really like them. Good fit comfortable

                      By 

                      from Missouri

                      About Me Intermediate

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Buckles Easily
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easy Entry & Exit
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Retains Warmth

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Skiing groomed slopes

                        Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                        No complaints. Good boot

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Great boot for the money

                        By 

                        from fremont, ca

                        About Me Advanced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Buckles Easily
                        • Comfortable
                        • Retains Warmth

                        Cons

                        • Too Much Flex

                        Best Uses

                        • Downhill

                        Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                        Good boot for the money. Replacing a 25 year old boot. Lange XLR. A little too much flex compared to old boot.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Great high performance ski boots

                        By 

                        from Branson, MO

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Buckles Easily
                        • Comfortable
                        • Easy Entry & Exit
                        • Highly Adjustable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction
                        • Quick reponse ankle-ski

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Downhill
                          • Fast cruising
                          • Racing

                          Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                          Nordica boots have always been light weight and valued priced

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Boot and Event Better Service

                          By 

                          from Grand Rapids, MI

                          About Me Expert

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Buckles Easily
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easy Entry & Exit
                          • Highly Adjustable
                          • Quality Construction
                          • Retains Warmth

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Downhill

                            Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                            Great ski boot, was looking for an all around boot that would work well in all conditions.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            excellent product

                            By 

                            from Freeport Maine

                            About Me Advanced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Buckles Easily
                            • Comfortable
                            • Easy Entry & Exit
                            • Highly Adjustable
                            • Quality Construction
                            • Retains Warmth

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Downhill

                              Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                              an excellent boot...Evo the best place to buy!

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              Love these boots

                              By 

                              from Linden, CA

                              About Me Intermediate

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Buckles Easily
                              • Comfortable
                              • Easy Entry & Exit
                              • Highly Adjustable
                              • Quality Construction
                              • Retains Warmth

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Downhill

                                Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                                Great boot for the money. Warm liner with the faux sheepskin. Just the right amount of room for my toes so I don't cramp up. Good looking boot. Right amount of flex for my skill set. Evo is the best.

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                4.0

                                Good not great boot

                                By 

                                from Boulder, CO

                                About Me Expert

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Buckles Easily
                                • Comfortable
                                • Easy Entry & Exit
                                • Retains Warmth

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Adjustability

                                Best Uses

                                • Downhill

                                Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                                I bought this boot to instruct in. Its a good solid boot that doesn't have any bells and whistles. It fits well, has a pretty even flex and is warm and comfortable. The only down side is the two upper buckles on the cuff don't adjust down small enough. I don't have small ankles or calves. If you do you won;t be happy with the fit.

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Value, Great Fit

                                By 

                                from Trophy Club, TX

                                About Me Advanced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Buckles Easily
                                • Comfortable
                                • Easy Entry & Exit
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Downhill

                                  Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                                  I've not used them yet but they fit great, have nice firm flex and are extremely comfortable, seem to be high quality construction. Looking forward to using them in a few weeks.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great boot

                                  By 

                                  from North east

                                  About Me Intermediate

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Easy Entry & Exit
                                  • Quality Construction
                                  • Retains Warmth

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Downhill

                                    Comments about Nordica Hot Rod 85 Ski Boots 2011:

                                    Excluding two years as a kid I've been a life long snowboarder. For the past two years I have toyed with the idea of learning to ski again. I finally made the jump this December. As I've owned my own gear for some time, and not being accustomed to renting, I made the plunge and purchased these boots.

                                    My skiing friends all had told me to brace myself because ski boots were no where near as comfortable as snowboards boots. Simply put, after 10+ days skiing with theses boots, I have no idea what they were all talking about. These are insanely comfortable. I'm not sure if they were designed that way because of the market segment they are geared for (advanced beginner/intermediate), but I don't care either. They feel more comfortable than the most comfortable snowboard boots even when they are properly fit and tightened. In the comfort area I have zero complaints.

                                    They are also relatively warm for a skit boot, which from my understanding don't retain heat as well as their snowboard boot counterparts.

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels true to size
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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