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Nordica Patron (2012)

Patron

Nordica

2012

price$899

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH113mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST143-113-132

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS185-193

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**Review courtesy of our sister publication SKI Magazine.** "Playful" isn' t what you expect from a ski this big, but the metal-free Patron is astonishingly light and snappy (No. 1 in Rebound) without-and this is the surprising part-any undue sacrifice of stability (No. 4). Credit the low profile of the rockered tip. It looks like a downhill race ski tip, and at first it' s a bit unnerving. Will it dive in powder? Spear itself into the backside of a cruddy bump? No to both, and the low tip puts more edge on the snow when the ski is flexed. So let it run, but don' t be afraid of tight spots, either. "It has a feeling of agility that sets it apart from the pack," said Gleason.