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Nordica La Nina (2014)

La Nina

Nordica

2014

Tester's Choice

rating3.77

price$849

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.79 / 5
Maneuverability: 
4.07 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.31 / 5
Crud Performance: 
4.02 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.49 / 5
Energy/Liveliness: 
3.54 / 5
Flotation: 
4.23 / 5
Versatility: 
3.46 / 5
Overall: 
3.77 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH113mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST143-113-132

LEVELExpert

LENGTHS169, 177, 185

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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.

Skiing's Notes:
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).