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2012 Nordica Steadfast


Pros: lightweight, responsive, fun

Cons: pretty dull graphics


Title: 2012 Nordica Steadfast



Length Tested:  170cm

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  132-90-118, 17m radius

Camber:  Early rise tip w/camber

Binding: Marker demo

Mount point: Suggested (boot center)


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test:  Red Lodge Mountain

Number of Runs:  24+ over two consecutive days

Snow Conditions:  Hardpack with snow falling first day, second day 8” new snow

Demo or Own:  demo


Tester Info:

Username:  Gerry Rhoades

Age:  67

Height/Weight:  5’8” 150 pounds

Ski Days/Season:  around 50

Years Skiing:  50

Aggressiveness:  Moderately aggressive

Current Quiver:  163cm Volkl Supersport Allstar, 161cm Icelantic Shaman

Home Area:  Red Lodge Mountain, Montana

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees



After skiing the past two seasons on either the Volkls(70mm waist) or the Shamans(110mm waist) I decided it was time to look into an in-between ski, something around 90mm, camber and early rise/rocker tip.  There are a lot of skis that fit that description but the list was narrowed a lot by what I could actually demo:  Blizzard Bushwacker, Line Prophet 90 and Nordica Steadfast.  If I had been willing to drive 200 miles I think I could have demoed the Rossi Experience 88.  I tried the Bushwacker last year and it was a very good ski.  I spent a day on the Line Prophet 90s and they were excellent skis except for one thing.  In a steep narrow chute, they seemed very hooky when trying to make the quick tight turns needed to get down the chute.  Other than that it is a great ski.  I just spent the better part of two days skiing the Nordica Steadfast in just about every possible condition I will encounter at Red Lodge Mountain.  It started snowing about 8:45am on Friday at RLM and finally stopped later that night with about 8” of new snow recorded so I was skiing during and after the storm.  I skied trees with 8-12” of fresh, blue groomers with little to no fresh, black(?) groomers with snow piling up during the storm, hardpack underneath 3-4” of fresh, steep chutes with 6-8” of fresh and it was all good.  To me the Steadfast carves and holds an edge better than either of the other skis.  I would rate them as very similar in the bumps, at least I couldn’t tell any difference but that may be because of technique.  Both the P90 and Steadfasts were easy to maneuver in the trees.  I never skied the Bushwackers in the trees so I can’t compare them.  The real difference between the P90 and Steadfast was in the steep chute where the P90s gave me problems.  Not once did the Steadfast ever seem hooky in there.  Every turn I made was right where I wanted it to be.  I was skiing the chute with someone who is younger than I, skis quite a lot and has skied that run many times and I had to keep waiting for him to catch up, that’s how easy the Nordicas made it.  These skis are just great fun.


I’ll have my own pair, 170cm, by week’s end and couldn’t be happier about the choice.  These will be my daily drivers and the Shamans will come out on those days when we get a significant dump or if I go somewhere with lots of really deep powder.   Nordica calls this an “all mountain” ski and in the past that has meant a ski that not really very good at anything in particular.  For me, the Steadfast is truly an all mountain ski, one that could easily become the “one ski quiver.”


Pros: A great shape was not lost

Cons: A good ski that could get lost in a crowded segment

I remember when Nordica came out with their Hot Rod series, I loved the shapes but never could warm up to they way they skied and never understood why, the only conclusion I could come up with was that I didn't like the disconnect due to the XBS binding system. This epiphany came when I skied the HR Burner 2 years ago, it was out of the same mold as the Jet Fuel. Nordica has now introduced the Steadfast which comes out of the same mold as the Helldiver/Hellcat at 90mm underfoot but with no XBS binding but i-Core, a lightweight wood/composite core and cam-rocker, Nordica's name for Camber with early rise in the tip. Where the Helldiver always felt heavy and damp to me, the Steadfast feels light and lively. I lived the playful feeling the Steadfast had under my feet yet it never felt skittish at speeds. 


Other skis in category: Head Peak 90, Dynastar Legend 94, Kastle LX92




Length Tested: 178

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  18m

Camber: Traditional, Early Rise

Binding: Demo 

Mount point: Suggested 


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Winter Park

Number of Runs: 3

Snow Conditions: Packed

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 40-60

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 12 Blizzard Bonafide, 12 DPS 112RP Pure, 12 Kastle MX88

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

2012 Nordica Steadfast

Made for expert level skiers in need of a ski that offers great flexibility in soft snow and versatile conditions with a lively response and predictable rebound. The STEADFAST is effortless in powder or crud and will hold a solid edge on groomers. Light weight construction offers perfect performance in all conditions and has a full wood core. Featuring I-Core the Steadfast is 20% lighter allowing you to go on adventure and explore the sidecountry. Sidecut: 132-90-118, Flat Ski No Binding Included

Lengths170, 178, 186
Dimensions132- 90- 118
Turn Radius18M @ 178
Core Materialwood I core
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Binding
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2012
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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