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Nordica Steadfast

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Length: 178cm

Sidecut: 132-90-118

Binding: Marker Griffon

 

I demoed these skis at Boyne Mountain on a mixture of soft packed and crud conditions. I can confidently call these skis my new "Slash Mallets". They were snappy, agile, and extremely light. I was impressed when I felt snappy and agile out of such a light ski. I usually experience the noodle effect on light skis (especially at high speeds) but Nordica's new icore structure is working well, paired with its early rise making edge transfer even quicker. I am impressed!

post #2 of 15

It is a great ski. I am moving this over to Gear Reviews. 

post #3 of 15

Demo'd twice at Killington.  Stable in crud.  Holds on hardpack and is extremely light.  May be a handfull in tight bumps 

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I demoed these on three different days under different conditions and bought a pair.  They did everything I asked of them and did it pretty well.  I ski primarily off the groomers:  trees, bumps, powder, chutes and they have not let me down.  They're my daily driver.  For me, these are the best all-around ski I've ever been on.

post #5 of 15

Demoed it too. It was great but I can't replace my ski. I still love it.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I demoed these on three different days under different conditions and bought a pair.  They did everything I asked of them and did it pretty well.  I ski primarily off the groomers:  trees, bumps, powder, chutes and they have not let me down.  They're my daily driver.  For me, these are the best all-around ski I've ever been on.

Have any feel for most appropriate skier weight and skill level that these are suited to?  Looking for a wider Eastern ski. 

post #7 of 15
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They were snappy, agile, and extremely light.

Just weighed a pair of 178's; 3400 g. That's very light for a ski that's still mostly wood and fiberglass. For comparison, a Kastle MX in the same length, which is famous for feeling light and nimble on the snow, is 4174 for a pair. I think Elan Apex's, another light skiing ski, come in around 4000 g/pair. 

post #8 of 15

What binding do you have on your Steadfast's?

post #9 of 15

I have some Look demo bindings on mine.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by hobbes429 View Post

Have any feel for most appropriate skier weight and skill level that these are suited to?  Looking for a wider Eastern ski. 

IME, best suited for up to around 175 pounds skier weight.  At 195, while they did everything I asked, they were just a little uninspiring (caveat -- I really seem to like "racy" skis).

post #11 of 15

I skied the Steadfasts two seasons ago (essentially the same ski as this year)...excellent all-rounder! See a review at:

http://www.epicski.com/t/101104/review-2011-2012-nordica-steadfast

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Anyone skied the steadfast and brahma? Similarities? Differences?
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Originally Posted by fleece82 View Post

Anyone skied the steadfast and brahma? Similarities? Differences?

Bump.

 

Also, if you didn't like the Bushwacker (had one short run on it in dreary, hadn't-snowed-for-a-long-time, firmish, followed by softer conditions lower down, and found it fairly sluggish and dull. I have no idea what length it was. And am sure one short run can be a meaningless way to judge a ski) does it necessarily follow that you won't like the Brahma? I know it is meant to be more a narrower Bonafide than a stiffer Bushwacker ...

post #14 of 15
Steadfasts became my daily driver this season. They're partnered with the Patrons for when it dumps. Great combination. I'm told Nordica's Nergy, the 2015 replacement for the Steadfast, has a more rounded tail that's less likely to hang up in bumps, but I've not had a chance to try them.
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Yes, I'd also be partnering these (whichever I end up buying) with a 177cm wider ski (Praxis Concept @ 117mm) which I've happily been using most of the time. Need something for the harder days though, and also for making myself ski "properly" without going to all the trouble of an actual groomer-only carver, which wouldn't suit my purposes 99% of the time. And I'm getting a bit hung up on what length I should be looking for, too. (173cm, 80kg, advanced and relatively aggressive, depending on mood and fitness, but not terribly expert -- ie will ski pretty much anywhere including various hike-to chutes and faces, but not a former racer, or jumper-off of things -- middle-aged woman). So any guidance re lengths of particular skis would also be great!

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