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2013 Nordica Steadfast


Pros: Light weight, good in powder and crud, easy turning, high speed limit, fun on packed snow

Cons: Only "good' in deep powder, not a hard ice ski

I am an expert skier, age 53, skied since 5, former ski instructor, 160 pounds, 5' 10".   My son races and my wife is a former racer and we love to carve on packed powder and firmer snow.  We all love the pow too, and everything in between.  We ski at Big Sky most of the time including all the double black diamonds off the tram.  I demoed a dozen skis and settled on this ski.  My wife did too.  I bought the 186cm versions and my wife has the 178cm.   I have a 0 degree/ 1 degree base grind on them.  This ski skis a bit short and I wanted a bit more float in powder opting for the 186 for myself.  This is a ski that does it "all" fairly well. Skis wider than 90cm/waist are ankle stressful to me, like the Hell and Backs (100cm), but these were perfect.  I hate skis that wobble at speed.  These skis do not flinch.  They are semi stiff but not like full race skis; impressive for skis made of wood and fiberglass only.  The GS turns they make is more in the fall line type and do not fully arc like full race skis and are not designed for that.  I often cruise groomers fast and these handle 60 mph without a problem.  With the slight tip rise, they feel shorter than 186cm and turn nice and easy, especially my wife's 178, which I have skied.  The 178 wiggled through the trees with ease.  Super fun!  When you only get new snow totals of under a foot at a time, especially just a few inches, 2-6 or so, the Steadfasts are fantastic.  More pow and you might want a specialized pow ski.  The Steadfast would also be a great side or back country ski with touring bindings on them.  Overall a wonderful all-mountain ski that caves, smears, handles crud nicely, and is fun on light/medium powder days.

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2013 Nordica Steadfast

Hell & Back Series: today, the all mountain skier is inspired by the thought of experiencing the back country and eager to access side country terrain only recently made available by ski resorts. While the aspiration of these skiers are clearly focused beyond the traditional ski area boundaries, the reality of their skiing will demand a product that still performs perfectly in the everyday all mountain skiing environment. The HELL & BACK collection of All Mountain Side Country skis from Nordica perfectly addresses these needs and redefines the standard of versatility. I-Core Each of the Hell & Back skis incorporate Nordicas iCORE wood core technology which reduces the weight of the ski by 20% - making Hell & Back the most playful and maneuverable skis on the market. Incredibly, the Hell & Back skis featuring iCORE Dominated the 2011 independent magazine reviews highlighting the amazing performance of this technology. Available flat or with EVO Pro Plate System

Lengths170, 178, 185
Turn Radius18M @ 178
Core MaterialiCore Wood
Recommended BindingFlat, or EVO PRO plate
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Binding Included
Binding System
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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