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Review: 2011-2012 Nordica Steadfast

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Product: 2011-2012 Nordica Steadfast

 

Length/size Tested:  178cm
Lengths available: 170/178/186cm - sidecut:132-90-118
"CamRock" design which is early rise in the tip and tail (35% rocker) w/ 3mm of camber.

"iCore" woodcore with center strip of core replaced by a polymer section claimed to reduce weight while retaining performance and durability (see pic below).

 

Environment of Conditions:

*Location of review:
Okemo - Vermont
 

*Runs Taken: 4

*Snow Conditions: Perfectly dry powder (boot-top deep), packed powder & groomers
 

*Demo or Purchase:  Demo

 

Summary:
 

The Steadfast is the 90mm waisted model in the "sidecountry" line for 2011-2012. Nordica intends the sidecountry models to be used by people who occasionally venture off the sides of lift-serviced resort pistes...but not longer-distance enthusiasts who hike longer distances for their powder runs. The Steadfast is really a frontside-biased ski with some perfectly decent 3D snow handling.  My first turns were in the soft, fresh snow, and the Steadfast behaved like a well-designed 90mm-waisted ski, with really good response underfoot and no deflection whatsoever when hitting old bumps and clumps covered in powder.  It cut through variable surfaces and stayed right on-track, going exactly where it was pointed, no matter what the pressure...slight or hard, high angle or low angle.  The first impression I got was "stable and reliable", with plenty of pop and snap when loaded and released.  The Steadfast had no problem wiggling in and out of the trees along the edges of trails, and never sank unpredictably in the soft stuff, as long as you skied it like a 90mm waist ski, not a powder ski...adjusting your expectations accordingly.  I felt I could go anywhere I wanted without any protest underfoot.  After exiting the powder in the narrow tree-filled sections onto the groomers down to the lift, the Steadfast lit up like a thoroughbred on fresh turf.  As with nearly every Nordica frontside ski, the Steadfast sank into turns on the groomers more like a racecarver than a 90mm "sidecountry" ski.  While showing remarkable security and grip underfoot at slow to moderate speeds, the Steadfast shined when you turned up the speeds to GS-level and started digging trenches under power.  Above 20 miles-per-hour, the Nordica Steadfast wanted to grip-and-go with really impressive power, finesse and quiet authority, almost like a race ski.  The harder it was pressed, the better it performed.  I got a fat grin on my face as I found myself arcing harder, faster, longer turns at higher and higher angles. The Steadfast really has the feel of a racecarver's security and performance at speed on the groomed runs.  Very impressive, especially considering it behaves without being "burly" in the softer snow.  Nordica's reputation for building excellent carving and race skis is evident in the personality of the Steadfast. Kevin Warnock from Nordica told me the reports from all the on-snow demos were coming back wth the same result for the Steadfast: This ski rips on groomers and is fun and friendly off-piste (as long as you are not looking for powder-ski performance in the deep stuff).  It truly could be an Eastern one-ski quiver solution and people should get a ride on it if the can.  My only reservation is the Steadfast might be a bit demanding for very lightweight skiers or those with less-than-advanced-intermediate skills.  Experts will most likely find the Steadfast to be really fun and versatile.  Western skiers will probably want to check out the Hell & Back model which is slightly wider, with the same construction and design elements.

 

Tester Info:

Age: 51

Height/Weight: 5'11 - 178lbs.

Average days on snow: 11-25

Years Skiing: 48

 

Aggressiveness:  Aggressive

 

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Nordica "Steadfast" (2nd from left)
(Hell & Back on far left, 2 pairs of Patrons on the right)

 

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Nordica Hell & Back (left) and Steadfast (right)

 

Nordica_HellAndBack_SteadFast2011_iCore.jpg
 

Closer view of Nordica "iCore" woodcore showing strip of polymer replacing center section of core. (said to reduce weight without sacrificing core performance or durability)

 


Edited by ExoticSkis - 2/6/11 at 4:00pm
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How would you compare to the kendo? I'm more of a eastern skier but I'm very interested in the sidestash.
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I really want to try the Steadfast to possibly add to my quiver.  I love my Enforcers!  Thanks for the review...

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How durable are these skis??? Mainly sidewalls and topsheet??? Also how do they function fresh powder, (compared to skis of similar width)?? 

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My son and I both spent some time skiing  a pair of 170cm Nordica Steadfasts yesterday at Red Lodge Mountain.  What impressed me most about these skis is how well they carve and how well they handled the wind-blown 2 day old powder and crud.  We skied bumps, untracked somewhat crusty snow in the trees, 2 day old powder/crud and groomers.  I skied the Blizzard Bushwackers for a bit last season and I like these better.  My son skied the Rossi SC87 a week before Christmas and likes these better, although it took him a bit longer to get used to them in the bumps.  These are really impressive skis and may well end up being my daily driver.

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First day on my new Steadfast's in a 178 length. Needed one new pair to replace a pair of Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel's in a 170 that were 6 years old (love these - rock all day long) and a pair of classic 10 year old Volant Chubb's I use for crud busters. Wanted something in this 90 waist zone since I have a pair of Pontoon's for the deep days. Skiing the Pacific NW for decades. 38 years of turns under my belt at 35 to 50 days a year. Solid all conditions older guy that's still holding it together. My ski shop said of all the ski you have (I have a few more than these - why not?) what would you like. I said my Jet Fuels but a little wider with rocker and they pulled the Steadfasts out. Bought them with without any testing of any new skis. Very first turn this morning on 14" of dry fresh over a 13' base and I new these were perfect. Float is fine and the rocker just rocks. Immediately went to a much more direct fall line approach and I'm pretty go for it anyway. Blew off the top of the hill and hit the groomer to the chair and they just locked down. Not quite the energy of the Jet Fuel but really close with exactly that same ripping feel on the groom. No chatter in the rocker tip except at very high speed on the groomer so I rolled them over a little more and it was gone and so was I. I'm in love with these boards. Day went from Cold Dry Pow and Groomers to warmer chop and they never let up. Thank You Nordica for making the perfect replacement for my old Jet Fuels / Chubbs and making my day. I couldn't be happier. Rock on!!! By the way I'm saying goodbye to everything else in my quiver except the Pontoon's for the big days. If you don't have another pair probably just step up to the Hell & Back for a single quiver. But then why limit yourself to one ski if you're really a skier!

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I bought the Steadfast (178) this year for my tele setup and am happy with the ski in all conditions. I was planning to have a 2-ski quiver, combining with an older, narrower (80 mm) ski (which I don't want to identify because the company has been good to me). I find the Steadfast superior to my narrower skis on the groomed, even some refrozen hardpack I skied yesterday. The early rise tip floats in the soft stuff, although this year we (Mammoth) have had only a few days of deep snow. In short, the Steadfast works well for the tele setup, it's versatile, holds at speed (at least speed in telemark terms), and it's light enough for the backcountry. It's a good enough ski that I cannot blame my performance on my equipment.

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