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Nordica Hell&Back (2012)

Hell&Back

Nordica

2012

Tester's Choice

rating3.53

price$899

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.93 / 5
Maneuverability: 
3.50 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.93 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.58 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.75 / 5
Energy/Liveliness: 
3.63 / 5
Flotation: 
3.30 / 5
Versatility: 
3.50 / 5
Overall: 
3.53 / 5

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH98mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST135-98-125

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS161,169,177,185

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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.