Model Availability: 130/120/110
For 2018, Nordica ends a several season siesta from making a hike-mode (HM) boot. The wait has been worth it. The new Strider delivers outstanding downhill performance in a four-buckle boot with all the requisite HM elements. The heavily treaded sole was developed in collaboration with Michelin, so you know it has some serious traction. But it isn’t its uphill features that grab your attention, but the accurate fit and most of all, the ski-ability. Realskiers doesn’t normally report on serious BC boots because they’re part of a larger backcountry universe with special needs that don’t overlap with alpine skiing. The Strider models are certainly top-notch shoes for ascent properties, but you’re reading about them here because they set a new standard for downhill performance.
We have no business advising our readers on the best dedicated climbing footwear, but we have a very good idea about what works best when aiming downhill. If you’re in the market for a hiking boot, you simply have to try on a Strider.