Nordica El Capo (2014)
“The El Capo gouges the pistes,” said one tester—a pretty impressive trait for an off-trail ski with 107 millimeters of waist width. Metal laminates make this an incredibly strong and stable ride through any terrain. It wants to be skied with some power and in a traditional weight-forward manner, but experts will never find it lacking. It’s got the width and look of a powder ski, but it’s got one-ski quiver written all over it.
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).
|Lengths||169, 177, 185, 193|
|Tip/Waist/Tail||137-107-125 (@ 177)|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.74 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.82 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.41 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.52 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.29 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.83 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.91 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.97 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.06 / 5|