2011 Nordica Dobermann Spitfire Pro EDT Ski
|Lengths||154, 162, 170, 178|
|Turn Radius||13m @ 162cm.|
|Construction||Full Twin V Active Ti|
|Binding System||0A0008 64 787 black - white + N Power 2S XBI CT / 0A0008 54 787 black - white + N Pro 2S XBI CT|
|Recommended Use||Frontside Groomers, Racing|
|Sidecut||122-72-105 @ 154, 162; 124-72-107 @ 170, 178|
Nordica Spitfire Pro EDT: not sure the history on this ski: it a stiff, powerful frontside carver, 72mm underfoot, tested in 170cm, with a 14m radius.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
I knew very little about this ski, but once on it, there was little doubt that it was a full-on carver and a close relative to a race slalom. It was perhaps the most powerful non-race ski tested here. The flex was stiff, unforgiving, and quite demanding. This ski wanted to be on edge, had plenty of energy, and couldn't relax. It was powerful on the cruddy groomer I was skiing. The run before, I had been on the Laser SC from Stockli, which was quite a bit more chill. The Spitfire was as the name implies: a fire-breathing monster it could be easily confused for. Actually, I really never did catch up to it! Also, I did a bump run on the Spitfire, and it was less than forgiving. The sweet spot was tiny. On a positive note, the ski was energetic, stiff, had no top end, and gave back what I put into it.
A real skiers' ski. Could have been a little more laid back, but as I don't weigh much, I suspect this is a ski built for heavier guys. I was a big fan of the old Mach 3 Power, and this ski was much more energetic, less relaxing, and more of a pure carver. Best kept on groomers.