Nordica Helldorado (2014)
Got metal? There's no mistaking its presence in the Helldorado, a calm, powerful charger that punishes the weak but amply rewards the strong. No. 1 in Stability at Speed, No. 2 in Hard-Snow Integrity...You get the idea. Other skis were looser, slashier, more playful - if that's your style. The Helldo prefers to rip with authority. It comes into its own at GS speeds, and it smooths out crud with fluid, supple ease. Last year's category winner continues to impress, though even the big guys preferred the shorter (185-cm) test length. Elling: "No limit to its speed or power. Suits expert skiers best."
Within the Freeski collection of skis, the Helldorado and Patron offer powder skiers a choice. Both come from the same mold, sharing the same shape and rocker profile, but the difference is metal. The Helldorado has full metal laminates, giving it ultimate high-speed calm and hard-charging edge power lacking in many skis this wide (113 mm). The Patron is lighter, reinforced with glass only, for a livelier, less demanding performance. 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||177, 185, 193|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.87 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.42 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.14 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.63 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.82 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.35 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.12 / 5|