Nordica El Capo (2014)
Testers agreed to disagree on the new El Capo. Lighter guys thought it was too much ski to push around all day. (We tested a 185-centimeter length.) But big guys raved. It's a large, powerful ski with a long radius that wants to run, so you'd better keep up. And its supple, metal-laminated dampness (compare to the snappy, metal-free Hell & Back) gave testers with the heft to bend it the courage to let it rip. Stability at Speed (No. 3) is its strong suit. Slippery playfulness, not so much. Larsen: "Big gas pedal. A one-ski quiver for the guy who likes a burly ride."
Nordica sees the new El Capo as an important addition to its freeski line, positioning it as a wide everyday ski for Western skiers. It has all the metal-reinforced edge power and high-speed dampness of the wider Helldorado (113 mm), but with its 107 mm waist, it has some edge-to-edge quickness and hard-snow versatility that the Helldorado lacks, making it a better choice for all-conditions, all-terrain versatility. The Inspired Freeski collection comprises five models built with powder-ready waist widths and strong, edgy constructions for expert skiers who expect to spend most of their time away from the groomer crowds. Waist widths range from 127 mm in the new Bushy Wayne down to 107 mm in the new El Capo. All have full-length vertical sidewalls for precision and power. That's combined with pronounced rocker for deep-snow flotation and terrain adaption. All have the durability and energetic rebound of full wood cores (or a combination of wood and foam in the case of the women's La Nina). All are sold flat (no binding).
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||169, 177, 185, 193|
|Tip/Waist/Tail||137-107-125 (@ 177)|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.05 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.43 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.65 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.59 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.62 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.16 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.18 / 5|