Nidecker Altai W 2023 Snowboard Boot Review
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Nidecker Altai W 2023 - 2022 Review by The Good Ride
Nidecker Altai W 2023 Review by The Good Ride
00:00 – Intro 00:14 – Size Tried 00:37 – Boot Feel Out Of The Box 01:00 – Ankle Angle 01:28 – Dual Boa System 02:06 – Inner Liner Ankle Cinch 02:20 – Inner Liner Velcro Cuffs 02:37 – Inner Liner 02:47 – Ankle Hold 02:55 – Ankle Harness 03:12 – Putting Boot On 04:21 – Outersole 04:50 – Binding Fit 05:40 – Toe Box Shape 06:52 – Overall
Swipe Right: Solid Adjustability. Good Ankle Articulation for this price point.
Swipe Left: Poor traction except for the toes.
The Nidecker Altai W has a great fit right out of the box, comes with decent heel hold and a nice responsive flex. It is a comfortable all mountain / freeride boot at a nice price range. The Eva foam outer sole provides good shock absorption, but not much traction.
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Nidecker Altai W Boot: How It Rides And Who It Is For
How This Review Happened: Borrowed it and sent it back.
Size: Women’s 7.5
Conditions: Mid winter snow conditions, some ice, and hard pack as well as a little powder.
Riders: Steph (5’3″, 108lbs, Women’s 7.5 boot)
Bindings: Union Legacy M, Rossignol Diva
Boards: Rossignol Diva
The Nidecker Altai W has a true fit length wise and a normal fit width wise. The 8 degree ankle angle in the boot helps a lot with preventing heel lift, but if you aren’t used to the more aggressive forward lean it can cause some leg/foot fatigue.
Flex/Response & Flex Retention
The Altai W are rated as a 7/10 stiff flexing boot. But the ankle articulation keeps them from feeling too stiff. They have a good flex for all mountain riding and harder charging freeriding as well.
Adjustability/Heel Hold/On & Off
These boots are pretty simple to get on and off. The double BOA system makes it quick to loosen or tighten on the fly. The inner liner lacing is simple and quick to use as well.
I felt the Nidecker Altai W have decent heel hold even for my skinny ankles. They have an inner ankle harness that wraps around the inner liner and attaches to the shell of the boot. This helps keep everything in place as well.
All this soft EVA foam with rubber underneath the toes, gives the Nidecker Altai W a nice amount of shock absorption.
These boots have a medium amount of traction. 3/4 of the sole is EVA foam and there is one rubber patch under the toe box to help with traction. Adding a bit more rubber would be beneficial to the amount of traction the boot has to offer.
The Nidecker Altai W boots could fit well for an advanced intermediate to expert rider looking for a responsive, stiffer flexing boot that still offers a good amount of comfort and ankle/heel hold. They are easy on and off, and have some nice features, aside from being a bit slick when walking in icy or hard-pack snow conditions.
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