Nordica GPX 95 W ReviewMay 29, 2015
- Primaloft liner feels like a sleeping bag for your foot
- Rips groomers like Lindsey Vonn
- Micro-adjustable buckles help fine-tune your fit
- Long break-in period
- Less forgiving in off-piste terrain
You may not fall in love at first sight with these boots—they’re stiff and take some time to get used to. But once you break them in, these boots have more power than most we’ve tried and they will literally turn you into a better skier. For high-speed GS turns and all-mountain cruising, you can’t find a more precise boot, offering the utmost in power transfer and control.
The Nordica GPX 95 W has many of the same high-end features as the company’s men’s GTX boots, including customizable cork liners and shock-absorbing footbeds, but they are anatomically designed to fit a women’s foot. The 95 and 105 flex are geared more toward expert skiers, which is clear in the way they ride—fluid, decisive, all drive and no play. They rallied on groomers but you really had to push hard to get them to flex in moguls. The liner—cushy, warm, and inviting—was the only part of this boot that felt soft and feminine.
This is an inbounds-only boot. And it really is suited best for smooth, fluid skiing. It’ll float through powder and crush all-mountain terrain just fine, but you’ll want to be doing your wall-sits pre-season in order to have the leg strength to drive this boot.
The Primaloft-stuffed liners in the GPX boot not only keep your feet warm, they’ll also keep them dry, thanks to Primaloft’s moisture-wicking properties. Our testers with sweaty feet were thankful for this. Plus, the boots come with Nordica’s Cork Fit Technology, which can be heat-molded for a custom fit as many times as you want.
Women trying this boot on in the store may flinch at the narrow fit and stiff shell, but trust us: They excel on the mountain and they soften over time. Wide-footed gals should probably look elsewhere.