So all you shop guys and gals have at least had the CHANCE to demo the NRGY line from Nordica... what are your impressions? I jumped on the Hell and Back bandwagon with both feet after 5 turns when I rode them at Stratton their debut year, I haven't found a ski since that I like as much. Some have come close, the Bonafide for sure is a blast, but heavier, I have always liked the Crusade from Scott, but that one disappeared this year too. I loved the Hell and Backs so much because it was an easy ski to ride hard, but it didn't fight you when you didn't. It rolls with whatever input you give it and reacts predictably.
I rode the NRGY's at Stratton a couple weeks ago and it took me 7 or 8 runs to get a handle on what I didn't like about it. It's too damn serious. The rest of the guys from my shop had the same sentiments...some had some other complaints but all agreed that the fun that was in the Hell and Back is gone, especially in the 100. There is no doubt that the 100 will grip and rip with the absolute best of them, perhaps more than the Bonafide (which seems to be who they were going after in designing the 100 in particular). One of the reps purported that they took all of the good things about the Hell and Back line and made them better when creating the NRGY. I discussed with the rep what we found and he said we weren't the first people to say these things, and suggested that detuning the tail might help get that playfulness back.
If I had never ridden the Hell and Back's and didn't so closely compare the two (which I think is only fair since they are "replacing" the Hell and Back line) I think I would like the NRGY's just fine, but the most prolific comment I heard from not only my shop guys (and me as well), but from several others at the demo, was that the tail is too stiff, the ski forces you to commit to the full turn, and is difficult to "toss around" as one guy put it. One of the guys from my shop is an ex college racer and even he complained that he had a hard time washing out the tail when he wanted to and that any kind of slarving was next to impossible. The tune may have been an issue, but the consensus, as mentioned, was that the ski lost it's playfulness when compared to the Hell and Backs. Thoughts?