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In pursuit of a perfect fit

Serious skiers seeking high-performance, all mountain boots should seriously scope the all-new Nordica GPX 130. Conceived by former Italian National Ski Team coach and current Nordica Production Manager, Alberto Contento, the GPX 130 is unlike any other boot on the market. Says Alberto, “when I prepared a brief for new investment for 2015-16, I wanted a collection that would fulfill all the needs of the market in terms of features, technologies and fit. The GPX 130 is the pillar of that collection.

“IT’S A 98MM LASTED BOOT,” HE ADDS, “WITH A TRADITIONAL PINNED CUFF AND AN INNOVATIVE POWER DRIVE STRAP THAT COMBINES MATCHLESS, DIRECT POWER TRANSMISSION PLUS COMFORT, WARMTH AND DRY FEET.”

In a market driven by unprecedented levels of diversification and specialization, the GPX 130 has rapidly carved out its unique place on the mountain. Says Alberto, “no other brands are offering an all mountain, high-performance boot with a true racing set up, but with warm and stay-dry Primaloft liners, a custom moulded cork fit and soft-grip soles.”

Stefano Soligo, Senior Designer at Nordica Ski Boots, and his team were tasked with designing the GPX and its bold graphics. After studying Art & Design in Treviso, Italy, Stefano joined Nordica in 1983 and created the legendary N985. Following a brief hiatus, he re-joined Nordica and, among other collections, designed the Beast (1999), the Dobermann (2001), the Speedmachine (2004) and the Sportmachine (2005). With his extensive background perfecting racing boots, Stefano understood the need to temper the GPX with such user-friendly details as soft-foam zeppas (boot beds), and pliable, easy entry flaps.

 
 

SAYS ALBERTO CONTENTO, “I THINK WE REACHED OUR GOAL OF MAINTAINING TWO VERY DISTINCT GP AND GPX LINES, EACH WITH THEIR OWN DEDICATED USERS AND DESIGN PHILOSOPHIES.”

Like every Nordica, the GPX was first rendered by hand in pencil on paper and then sculpted in clay. Alberto explains, “We then used 3D and CAD (computer assisted design) software to fine-tune the design and precisely develop each part needed in its construction. Computer modelling ensures that every one of the 140 parts needed to build one boot (280/pr.) from cuffs to screws and Velcro is perfect.”

The GPX then left the lab for on-snow testing.  Says Alberto, “Every season we spend more than 150 days on testing on snow. We have a core group of seven experienced men and women testers, plus 15 external partners of different skiing levels in seven countries and on four continents. They check and analyze every detail in every condition. We also have an innovative tech lab at our Giavera del Montello headquarters where we can recreate cycles to measure everything from stress use to temperature and impact resistance.”

It took one year for the GPX 130 to go from initial brief to production samples. Already the market sees it as a natural evolution of Nordica’s vaunted Enforcer, Hot Rod and Supercharger lines. Boot fitters laud its design. Says Alberto, “Every part of the GPX 130 is adaptable. There are no rivets and it has its own professional customization program.”

To see if the GPX 130 fits your needs and your feet, click on Dealer Locator for the name and location of your nearest dealer.

 

Dave Fonda

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