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Nordica Next 7.0

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Ski Make: Nordica
Ski Model: Next 7.0
Ski Length: 170
Snow Conditions Used In: crud, groomed, ice, moguls, powder
Number of Days Used: 40+
Your Ability: advanced (level 8); recreational racer
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 20
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 20
Other Skis You Like: Elan; Volant; Olin (too late for those ); Salomon Equipe 3V, 2V
Your Height/Weight: 5'9"; 185
Comments: These are very dynamic skis. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

One of the reasons I am happy that I got them 2 years ago is they forced me to work on my technique. And it took me 2 full seasons to get them tamed (or vice versa?).

These are not skis that will allow you to "just roll the edges" - unless you are schussing in a tuck above 40 mph - and they are fast, feeling very comfortable at such speeds - but only when on edges; being led flat is not their forte. They are extremely sensitive. Anything less than perfect will make them - and their rider - unhappy.

Very lively; with fantastic rebound. The only thing I had to change was the base bevel. I got them tuned at 1x1 at a shop - that was bad, but then I sharpened the edge to 2.5 degrees side bevel - and since then they are doing ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Now they love carving tight and long-radius turns; excellent in all conditions - crud, groomed, ice, moguls, even not as bad as I had thought in powder (despite the 110-64-89 geometry). It even was good in icy moguls underneath 12 inches of crud / California cement.

They have no fixed sweet spot. The only thing constant is that your body has to move fore-aft all the time on these skis - unless you want to skid, or stay in the backseat. The three phases of a turn are very well pronounced on these skis.

You have to use all tricks in the book to make them carve at slower speeds, but the reward is most definitely worth it.

My GS results started to improve, but not before I started getting in the driver's seat on these skis. For SL, it is still too much of a ski for me in this length.

[ April 08, 2003, 11:33 AM: Message edited by: AlexG ]
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By far I have found Nordica skis to be my favorites. They are very hard to describe if you've never skied on them. They are very fast and responsive, accelerating out of turns smoothly, unlike the jolting Volkls. Real stable at high speeds, feels like your skiing on silk even in the rough cookies. They are tough to manuever at slower speeds, but those who go all out every run would really enjoy a high performance Nordica ski. They are truly the secret of the industry.
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