Nordica Fire Arrow 84 EDT Evo (2014)
This is an aggressive, piste-only carving weapon that makes ice and hardpack feel like spring corn. If you’re an ex-racer type who seldom ventures off the groomed—or if you just want a pure-arc tool in your quiver—this is your ski. Initiation is rapid and sharp, thanks to an abruptly rising tip that bites and then tears across the hill. Only aggressive frontsiders who get on their games early in the day and stay there till closing bell need apply.
The feature-rich Fire Arrow 84 EDT is the most expensive model Nordica makes ($1,299 in many shops). And it's the most precise and powerful carver in the recreational line, though its 84 mm waist gives it versatility in soft snow, too. Its signature technology is Nordica's EDT, a carbon-fiber plate-like structure fixed to the top of the ski extending fore and aft of the binding. Without adding much weight, EDT is designed to reinforce the ski's torsional rigidity (ie. twist resistance), for enhanced full-length edge engagement, without making the Fire Arrow too stiff longitudinally to bend into its sidecut. The 84 EDT is also the only Fire Arrow with metal laminates for high-speed stability and calm. Nordica builds its three-model Progressive Front collection (Fire Arrow 84 EDT, Fire Arrow 84 Pro, and Cinnamon Girl) for speed-loving piste technicians in search of maximum precision and edgy power. All are full-sidewall laminate constructions with carve-ready sidecuts, grippy traditional camber, and groomer-optimized waist widths (80 and 84 mm for the men's models; 72 mm on the women's Cinnamon Girl). Nordica's Rapid Race tip borrows from its World Cup skis, with a sharp, extended sidecut in the tip for instantaneous hookup. That's tempered by a touch of tip-rocker for line-adjusting drift when you want it (racers call it "stivot"). All models have full wood cores and fast, high-density bases. All are sold with bindings.
|Lengths||160, 168, 176, 184|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.96 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.32 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.86 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.36 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.44 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.97 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.50 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.06 / 5|