|Plain brown wrapper? |
A "sustainable" brown cardboard box.
Starting from the outside, before you even dig in to the goods, you see a very "sustainable" brown corrugated cardboard box - gone is the glossy box that is harder to recycle. Small thing, but it seems that the M company is doing their part to stay green with packaging.
Open the box and there's a little surprise; a mesh boot bag for storing the boots, or more likely a bag for carrying the damp and dire ski clothes after they've done their dirty duty. Another nice little touch. This is a pair of boots that will retail for over $700, so the nice little touches might be expected.
|Boots and boot bag. Red is mostly black.|
The upper carbon cuff seems to be from the same mold as last year's boot, but with different trim finish, and the hinge pivot fasteners are the same.
|From the front.|
Fit... ...you gotta wear this thing, right? For me, this pair of size 44's is distinctly snugger and smaller-feeling than the 2012/13 Nano Carbon Skate boot that I normally wear. It feels a little narrower in the toe box, and generally feels like I'd like to move up a half-size.
Time will tell (and some long ski days, if I have a chance before this pair gets called back to the mother ship) if this super stiff footbed will be comfortable for long easy ski days, or marathons. My guess is that a well fitted insole, and good skate technique, will make the trade-off off of higher efficiency vs flex/comfort a good exchange.
|The soul of the Super Nano is the sole.|
One big wrap-around molded carbon fiber piece.