The NRGy 90 and 100 are the flagships and the most important skis Nordica’s new ‘Timeless Series” and particularly the NRGy collection. There are three skis that encompass this series, a NRGy 80 (116-80-100 17M), NRGy 90 (126-90-110 19.5M) and the NRGy 100 (136-100-120 19.5M) with all sizes and turn radius’s based off of the reference 177cm size. This series is all new with the shape, feel and design derived from this years 107mm waisted El Capo and Vagabond and these replace the outgoing Hell & Back series who’s shapes date back to the mid 2000’s from the Hot Rods & Enforcer. While there was absolutely nothing wrong with these skis, a more modern shape was due.
I recall when I was first shown the El Capo in a preview, I examined the shape and flexed it then immediately looked at Nordica’s Product Manager and said...”Bring this shape & design down to 90 and 100 underfoot and you have some class leaders” He smiled and with his smile I knew that they were already in the works. Now..I just had to wait a year. Fast forward to the present. Nordica took the lightness and nimbleness of the Vagabond and added some of the metal of the El Capo with their new Torsion Bridge construction. Flexing the new NRGy’s, they feel deceptively soft for the power that they have, they ski much stronger than they feel. Visually, I am also glad that they toned down the graphics a bit making the NRGy’s a bit more acceptable.
Skiing the 2015 NRGy 90 177cm
I spent a few days on the new 90 and 100 and I will say that Nordica did it right. I have recently been a Steadfast so the transition going to the NRGy 90 was a obvious transition. While these two skis fit the same niche in Nordica’s line, they ski dramatically different. The metal less 17M Steadfast even with it’s early rise was precise and deliberate across the hill with it’s turn initiation and the flair of the tail kept it locked in through out the turn shape, nothing unexpected but nothing wowing (for me) either. The Steadfast, is a worthy ski in this category, never make me think while I was skiing something else..”Boy if I was only on a Steadfast today...” Getting on the NRGy 90 was a different story. I could immediately feel the difference in the shape of the two skis, the Hell & Backs have early rise, the NRGy’s have more of an extended tip profile. Difference? the Early Rise (CamRock in Nordica-ese) of the H&B, feel more of an afterthought in design, which it was and more binary, either off or on. The more gradual Extended Tip Profile (CamRock 2.0 in Philpug-ese) is smoother in initiation on hardpack, which is where I got my initial test and I expect even more so once I can get them into 3-Dimensional snow. The NRGy 90 is very playful and has the ability to open up but also be easier in shorter turns and lower speeds. These are abilities and performance ranges that you find very few skis, these attributes allow the NRGy 90 to be a good choice for a wide range of skiers and will be a great option for a one ski choice for the east. With the shape of the NRGy’s, the 90 will be as much at home of on the groomers making nice round turns along with being comfortable in the trees and bumps due to the tip profile and the well thought out taper of the tail. The NRGy 90 will go up against the Head Rev 90, K2 Rictor 90 Volkl Kendo and Blizzard Brahma (to name a few of the popular skis in the segment). In this class, the NRGy 90 is the cream that will rise to the top in many of the comparisons.
It seems that 100 is the new 98 for 2015 with many of the 98’s evolving (expect a separate article on that topic). The new NRGy 100 replaces the Hell & Back Hell & Back and to an extend the prior year Enforcer. Like the 100’s narrower brother, the NRGy 90, the 100 is all new with a more modern and versatile shape. I tested the NRGy 100 against (my) leader in the highly contested 98mm category, the Blizzard Bonafide. The heritage is unmistakable with these two skis coming out of the same factory. With Blizzard and Nordica being from sibling companies there surely is some rivalry going on and the NRGy 100 and Bonafide will be going at it tooth and nail for the next few seasons to come. I have not been shy saying that the Bonafide has been my selection in this category for the ski being able to most things very well for most skiers. The new NRGy 100, so far is the closest ski I have come to that could knock the Bonafide off of that pedestal. I know big words. I am not ready to proclaim the NRGy that ski yet, I need to ski it in more conditions and you have to earn it to knock the reigning champ off to top of the hill (plus there are many other new skis to test). I will say that my limited time on the NRGy100 has shown me that, so far, it might have what it takes.,Like the fore mentions NRGy 90, the performance range of the 100 is one of the broadest I have experiences so far in this segment, the finesse of a Salomon Quest 98 with the power of a Bonafide...that combination will bring a lot of skiers to the Nordica collection on the wall.
Overall, I think Nordica is going to create a new following with this series of ski and deservedly so, the new shape that started this season with the El Capo/Vagabond and Wildfire triplets expanded to the NRGy’s are in one word.....MONEY.
Edited by Philpug - 1/27/14 at 4:15pm