- PRICE: £440 / €470 / $480
- SIZES: UK 6-12
- FLEX: 10/10
- LACING SYSTEM: Dual Boa
Playtime is over. Silly boys, please use the door. Found at the pinnacle of their god-league boot offerings, advanced riders only are invited to slip into Nidecker’s Talon, the brand’s stiffest premium set for 2021. And if you’ve got the skills, experience and chutzpah to handle to them, it doesn’t get much better.
The Talon crams a metric hell-tonne of premium tech into its mean-looking design, all primed to stand up to the demands of seriously heavy and unrelenting freeriding. And let’s be real – if you’re the kind of rider that’s lying under a duvet rather than putting in some video part-worthy laps at first light, you’re probably not going to give these bad boys the beating they deserve.
“If you’re lying under a duvet rather than putting in some video part-worthy laps at first light, you’re not going to give these bad boys the beating they deserve”
The first thing that’ll grab you by the eyeballs is the Talon’s unique ASYM 3F technology – an asymmetrical design that delivers Nidecker’s best boot-feel in the snow thanks to a more natural, anatomical and straight-up human fit. It’s a killer feature that’s amplified by the High Power Boa Coiler Technology across a dual Boa system on the tongue and side, letting riders tweak and tune the already next-level fit with sniper-like precision, and heartlessly eviscerate sesh-stopping pressure points, too.
As you’d expect from one of the brand’s most elite offerings, you’re getting the new Gold-Level ASYM Thermo Heat Moldable liner to keep things extra snug in there, on top of a pile of other space-aged action-movie sounding tech that, we’ll be totally honest, is just really fun to say in your finest Schwarzenegger voice. There’s an Exo-Spine Integrated Backstay (for immediate transfer of pressure); the Ripper Lacing Harness (for rapid closure on the move); ArmourTech materials (for guaranteed durability) and the now-famous Vibram ICETREK Compound Sole (for unprecedented grip in the wildest, iciest hike-in conditions). Admit it, you did the voice too, didn’t you? Nice.