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Nordica Patron (2012)

Nordica Patron (2012)
Gold Medal Gear
Rank: #2T In Deep Snow
3.34
Tester's Review

"Playful" isn't what you expect from a ski this big, but the metal-free Patron is astonishingly light and snappy (No. 1 in Rebound) without-and this is the surprising part-any undue sacrifice of stability (No. 4). Credit the low profile of the rockered tip. It looks like a downhill race ski tip, and at first it's a bit unnerving. Will it dive in powder? Spear itself into the backside of a cruddy bump? No to both, and the low tip puts more edge on the snow when the ski is flexed. So let it run, but don't be afraid of tight spots, either. "It has a feeling of agility that sets it apart from the pack," said Gleason.

PRICE (MSRP): $899.00
PRICE (MAP): $699.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelAdvanced, Expert
MSRP$899.00
MAP$699.00
GenderMale
CategoryDeep Snow
AwardsGold Medal Gear
BindingFlat
Lengths185
Tip/Waist/Tail143-113-132
Rating: Stability at Speed3.57 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.04 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.57 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.64 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps2.87 / 5
Rating: Rebound Energy3.36 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.89 / 5
Rating: Balance of Skill3.43 / 5
Rating: Overall3.34 / 5
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