Originally Posted by qcanoe
There are several threads on epic about the TST, plus a couple on blister gear. Generally the reviews are very consistent. Do a Google search for them. Very easy, very quick, very playful, ski short, even fun on groomers as long as the snow is consistent. Excellent in the trees. Handling crud at speed is not their strength, but doesn't sound like that's a priority for you given the skis you're looking at. I like mine a lot.
I have not been on the sick day. I would, however, be wary of drawing conclusions about meaningful differences in behavior based on minor differences in specs. For example, it's probably not safe to assume that one is better in pow and worse in bumps based purely on a 5mm difference in waist width. 20mm, yes; 5mm, no.
I disagree. There is a huge differrence all dependent on the way width is placed throughout the ski (in addition to flex).
For ex. the Nordica Steadfast at 90mm is hard on the my knees whereas the Sick Day at 95mm is so easy. It's so easy to arc a turn w/the Sick Day and when in the arc it doesn't feel like its pushing back at me, in addition I'm still accelerating through the turn, it's really an amazing feeling and easy to ski.
One thing I can add about the Sick Day is it's got a big sweet spot, skiers that sit a little in the back seat a la free"style" can appreciate that, while skiers that carve can also appreciate it's ability to lay right over and bend into the turn.
The Steadfast pushes back at me, isn't really bending through the turn as much, as is obvious because it's stiffer, but feels just as wide if not wider than the Sick Day when skiing, probably due to it's flex and shape.
I would only "complain" about the binding mount, in certain situations found I wanted to be slightly back from center, but I have a small foot so maybe someone w/a larger foot would have their heel placement further back, I just felt like I wanted more heel going toward the tail, but for me humanly impossible.
I wish I had the opportunity to try a few other skis to see how they compare to Sick Day but that 5mm does make a difference.