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2009 Icelantic Nomad Ski Reviews

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Not the ski for me (SFT)


Pros: good flotation

Cons: torture on firm snow, unstable edge hold at high speeds

 I am glad to see that so many people love this ski.  However, this was not the ski for me.  I am reluctant to write negative comments because I don't want to ruffle anyone's feathers.  I feel some affection for my favorite skis and I know that many others do too.  From reading the other reviews I can see that many people have been happy with this ski.  However, for me, this ski was a bad fit.   I tried the 181 SFT. I'm 6 feet, 175 pounds, aggressive level 9 skier.  I spend nearly all my time off-piste looking for good snow.  I demoed lots of skis this year in hopes of finding something that would be fun in deep snow but still good enough on firm snow to enjoy the inevitable laps back to...
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Awesome, Go-Anywhere Tank


Pros: Unstoppable in varied soft snow, surprisingly good on groomers

Cons: Clumsy in true moguls, rough on hard varied surfaces

Can someone PLEASE get this damn Chevy advertisement off my post!?  I can't see what I'm writing and it doesn't have a "close" button!   This review is for the 2010, not the 2009 (sorry).  I don't know if there's a difference.  Anyway, the 2010 Nomad just rocks.  I'm 5'11, 180 pounds, strong aggressive skier, prefer steeps and soft snow if I can find it.  If not, I'll gravitate toward any part of the mountain that has moguls.  The Nomad is great everywhere except the moguls.  In fresh deep powder (recent 20" of new snow here in Breckenridge), the Nomad floats nicely, with only the very occasional off-camber dig by one ski or the...
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They are everything advertized


Pros: damp, foregiving, predictablly playful

Cons: waashed out on the hard stuff, drew a lot of stares

Demoed for 1 day @ Crystal Mt, WA.  Conditions 9" over three days, very well set up in places, dust over crust, buried death cookies, crispy base, Depending on the aspect just about everything was there.  Skier: 6', 200lbs, athletic, used to be good, normally ski a very round turn, "don't go very fast but I go pretty far".  Skis, the 181 Nomad Soft.  WOW!  These things did almost everything really well.  In variable crud no deflection, even the occasional surprise chunks did not send them sideways.  Carve, swivel, steer, peddle turn, these skis will initiate anyway you choose,  They would rail on the groomers, would do a zipper in the bumps (under some protest), piles over slick they...
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These skis love snow


Pros: Versatile - can do everything from pow to hard pack

Cons: Edges aren't too solid if icy; artwork is easy to chip away

I got the 168 nomads a couple weeks ago after demo'ing at loveland.  saw the 2010/11 line showcased at SIA, really cool graphics with a music theme; then i skiied them both days after the show.  there wasn't a ton of snow at loveland but still loved the skis so i bought the '09s with Marker Griffon bindings Skiied them in the powder at heavenly and kirkwood and they were just awesome, i was in the trees all day and had total control and they floated really well Then skiied them the next weekend in north lake (sugar bowl and alpine and mt. rose).  in the corn snow, they are great, they can float even if the snow gets really soft.  in winter conditions where its shady all day, great as well...
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Light but solid


Pros: Wood Core, relatively tight turn radius, vertical sidewalls

Cons: no special dampening devices

I bought these toward the end of the season.  I like the light weight and the agile nature of the ski.  The turn radius is a relatively tight 20m, although up on the mountain a skier can open the radius without a problem.  The 105mm underfoot is solid. I did find it helpful to put a 3* base bevel w/1* side to get them to be a bit more versatile and less grabby on the firmer snow.  My tuner thought I was crazy, but I had tried 1*, then 2* but I wanted the ability to float a bit more through the turn. We had a number of nice powder days in the late season and I was able to test out the skis.  I hiked into SnowWhite at Breck.   12" of creamy powder.  The sun hit it for a few hours.  These...
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Nomads are Fun !


Pros: Nimble

Cons: Not as floaty as I had expected.

I am 160# / 5'10 & ski the 156 ( so it's short - I don't care).I have a blast on these skis - I bought them with the intention of using them for powder days, but I've found them great fun for just about everything except solid ice (which I try not to ski anyway).  I was a bit concerned about the width (which as Finndog says in his review is a tad over 110) since my other ski is a Head im72. However my concerns were unfounded, I just needed to widen my stance a tad to stop the edges knocking.  The Nomads are a blast on groomers, in trees and on the steeps.  I found them easy to put on edge and perhaps because of their short length, very easy to turn.  I had a super time with them last...
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Nomads Rock!


Pros: Fun, nimble, bomb-proof bases, Unique feel

Cons: tops can chip a bit

Icelantic ski's made by Never Summer are in class by themselves. Intended to be skied shorter, the Nomads excel in all conditions but on real EC hardpack. Published dims aer 140-105-130 but actual dims are 146-110-136 (?) not positive on the tail dims. I love the feel of these wood core skis, lots of energy and pop, but no overly damp, nice feeling under foot. The ski's are stiff torsionally but have a nice flex to them.. I am 6' 170 and ski the 168.  I love them in trees and for exploring around Steamboat. Decent in the soft bumps too. Mount BC.
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