Nordica La Nina (2014)
Sporting the same dimensions as the men’s Helldorado (see page 63) but metal-free and built with a lighter core, the La Niña is a ripper, just like her brawny brother. With the second highest score in Flotation and the highest in Hard-Snow Performance, this Tester’s Choice winner opens up an impressive amount of mountain for a 113-millimeter ski. “The La Niña is the real deal,” said one tester. When nimble rocker meets a peppy GS sidecut that absolutely cranks arcs, magic happens.
La Nina is the widest and most powder-optimized women's ski Nordica makes. With its 113 mm waist, it comes from the same mold as the men's Patron and Helldorado. But it gets a lighter wi-Core construction, with a core made from alternating strips of lightweight foam and durable, snappy wood. 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).
|Awards||Tester's Choice, Official Selection|
|Lengths||169, 177, 185|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.79 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||4.07 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.31 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||4.02 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.49 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.54 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||4.23 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.46 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.77 / 5|