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Like all of Scott's alpine touring boots, the Nova Women's A/T Boot is new, simply because all of the company's A/T boots are newScott recently bought Italian maufacturer Garmont, and has been tweaking the designs slightly, with the biggest improvement being the redesigned tech fittings. You wanted better pivoting action and improved ski retention' You've got it. Despite some changes, the Nova's not out to revolutionize the A/T game, just refine it. Like its slightly burlier big sister the Celeste, it has 60 degrees of cuff rotation for easy uphilling, a comfortable 103. 5mm last, and a Vibram sole for grip on tough ridges and slippery rocks. Unlike the Celeste, the Nova uses a combination of Grilamid and Pebax plastics for a softer 110 flex, and only has three buckles, resulting a few ounces of weight savings and a boot that's easier to hike in. If you still want to charge, don't worry--the Nova has PowerLite reinforcements throughout the shell and cuff, so you can ski hard without overpowering your boots. It's comfortable, too, with a fully-moldable EZFit Powerlite women's-specific liner and shock-dampening inserts that take the vibration out of hardpack and tough, consolidated snow. The whole boot, in fact, has a women's-specific design, so it won't feel like you're jamming your toes into a poorly-fitting men's boot. If you need to crush the ups and still be confident on the downs, the Nova's got you covered.