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Nordica Hell&Back (2012)

3.53
Testers' Choice 2012
Nordica Hell&Back (2012)
Official Selection 2012
Rocker
Tester's Review

Far from the terror its name evokes, the Hell & Back can be playful. But it also seeks the fall line with an authority that some might find helpful on a journey to and from the underworld. It locks into carves--which gave it high hard-snow and stability scores--but tip rocker allows it to change gears and smear in tight spots. As the mid-width model in Nordica's new Sidecountry series (along with the Unleashed Hell and Steadfast, pages 58 and 66), it was the most versatile, a backcountry-capable ski that eats up hardpack. What a combo.

PRICE (MSRP): $899.00
PRICE (MAP): $699.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelAdvanced, Expert
MSRP$899.00
MAP$699.00
GenderMale
CategoryMixed Snow
AwardsTester's Choice, Official Selection, Rocker
BindingFlat
Lengths161,169,177,185
Waist/Width98
Tip/Waist/Tail135-98-125
Rating: Stability at Speed3.93 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.50 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.93 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.58 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.75 / 5
Rating: Energy/Liveliness3.63 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.30 / 5
Rating: Versatility3.50 / 5
Rating: Overall3.53 / 5
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