Nordica Helldorado (2014)
The metal laminates in the Helldorado make it fearless in broken snow, while ample rocker in tip and tail expands its skill set to include spin turns and quick pivots—great for tight spaces. Lay it on edge and the tip-to-tail sidecut takes over and allows for deep arcs with magnetic grip. Bring your legs for this ski, and take comfort in the knowledge that it can dabble anywhere from a NASTAR course to an Alaskan spine.
Within the Freeski collection of skis, the Helldorado and Patron offer powder skiers a choice. Both come from the same mold, sharing the same shape and rocker profile, but the difference is metal. The Helldorado has full metal laminates, giving it ultimate high-speed calm and hard-charging edge power lacking in many skis this wide (113 mm). The Patron is lighter, reinforced with glass only, for a livelier, less demanding performance. 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||177, 185, 193|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.08 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.37 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.38 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.94 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.37 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.20 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.84 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.22 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.45 / 5|