Nordica put a lot into the new Strider Pro 130 boot. First of all, their tri-fit infrared customization process may be the most accurate way to fit boots quickly and perfectly. Out of the box, I found the heel pocket to be very tight, but the quick molding process got the boots dialed on the first try. The Strider comes with Nordica’s proprietary 3D Cork Fit liner, which is warm, comfortable, conformable, and lends a significant amount of rigidity to the boot.
The 12 degrees of forward lean put me a little bit more forward than I like to be, but I got used to it quickly, and never felt punished for leaning back on a descent where I encountered a whole lot of breakable crust and refrozen ice chunks. Nordica’s use of Michelin rubber on the Strider’s Gripwalk soles is not only hilarious (there’s a little Michelin man on them), but also functional. I found the Strider Pro 130’s soles to be very grippy and more durable than many of its competitors. The hike mode on this boot only boasts 46 degrees range of motion, but it’s easy to engage and extremely smooth on the skin track.
The Strider Pro 130 certainly isn’t the lightest crossover boot, but it is one of the stiffest, most comfortable, well-built options available this year.