Nordica La Nina (2014)
Nordica offers three options from the same mold, in descending order of menace: Helldorado, Patron, and the women's La Niña. Yes, the female iteration gets a lighter foam-and-wood core, but her power is not to be underestimated. It scored No. 1 in Flotation - but not so much for floating as for slashing and burning all in its path. Crud? Consider it crushed. And it's surprisingly quick for a ski so wide. Aggressive rocker at the tip makes it ski short, so buy long. Humes: "It was there for me every second. I trusted it completely, regardless of terrain."
La Nina is the widest and most powder-optimized women's ski Nordica makes. With its 113 mm waist, it comes from the same mold as the men's Patron and Helldorado. But it gets a lighter wi-Core construction, with a core made from alternating strips of lightweight foam and durable, snappy wood. 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|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.79 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.86 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.05 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.93 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.18 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||4.44 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.33 / 5|