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Nordica Hell & Back (2014)

3.47
Nordica Hell & Back (2014)
Official Selection 2014
Tester's Review

The returning Hell & Back is a gift from Nordica that just keeps on giving, season after season. It’s a powerful expert’s one-ski quiver, with enough rocker for great off-piste maneuverability. Hit steep fall-line groomers, however, and its race heritage shines through in the form of dynamic arcs of all sizes. Extended sidecut engages the moment you roll the rockered tip on edge. And it’s lightweight enough to be a versatile tourer. “Fun, playful, dynamic, responsive, and snappy.”

Skiing's Notes:
With a narrower 98 mm waist width and non-rockered tail, the returning Hell & Back is quicker edge-to-edge and better suited to harder snow than the 107-mm Vagabond. Without the tail rocker found in the Vagabond, it will have stronger turn finishes. Nordica positions it as a lightweight but powerful one-ski-quiver for expert skiers. Nordica's men's All-Mountain collection includes four high-performance models, all sold flat (Vagabond, Hell & Back, Steadfast and Burner), plus two value versions available with bindings (Avenger 82 and Avenger 75). They cover a broad range of waist widths, from 109 (Vagabond) down to 75 mm (Avenger), and ability levels, ranging in price from $849 down to $449 MSRP. All are intended for all-mountain utility and all-conditions versatility for mainstream resort skiers. (For hard-snow carving specialists, see the Fire Arrow collection; for soft-snow surfers, see the Freeski collection - Bushy Wayne, Helldorado, Patron, El Capo.) All of the All-Mountain models are vertical-sidewall, fiberglass-reinforced laminate constructions, which Nordica deems the most trusted and proven way to build skis. The top three models are built on Nordica's Energy CA I-Core, which has a strip of PU foam down the middle to save weight and wood on either side for edge stability and integrity. The top-of-the-line Vagabond is rockered in both the tip and tail, for maximum maneuverability in deep snow. All other models are rockered in the tip only, for enhanced flotation in soft snow and terrain-smoothing shock absorption. Nordica offers pre-cut climbing skins to fit the top models.

PRICE (MSRP): $799.00
PRICE (MAP): $699.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelExpert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$799.00
MAP$699.00
GenderMale
CategoryMixed Snow
AwardsOfficial Selection
BindingFlat
Lengths161, 169, 177, 185
Waist/Width125
Tip/Waist/Tail135-98-125
Rating: Stability at Speed4.16 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.34 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.83 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance4.01 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.78 / 5
Rating: Energy/Liveliness3.21 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.90 / 5
Rating: Versatility3.29 / 5
Rating: Overall3.47 / 5
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