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Review: Nordica NRGy100 & Nordica El Capo

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Product: Nordica NRGy 100

Length Tested:177

Dimensions/Turn Radius: 136-100-120/19.5M

Camber: Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber (All-mountain CAMRock)

Binding: Marker Griffon

Mount point: Recommended (boot center)

 

WOW!  What a great ski!  This is the closest I've come to a 'do-it-all' ski for inbounds western resort skiing.  I won't call it THE perfect ski as I didn't get to try it in really good powder conditions (boot high+).  My suspicion, judging by the light, easy feeling that exudes from this ski, deeper powder won't be a problem.  Had read several reviews commenting on how this ski feels much less than the 100mm under foot and was a bit skeptical, but it is a pretty accurate statement.  I found this ski to be very compliant, willing to skid and exceptionally good at carving when tipped up on edge.  Remarkably stable at speed for me, close to my Blizzard's with great edge hold in the firmer groomed conditions, but, also like my Blizzard’s, doesn’t require that you get up to speed in order to make the ski work.  From time to time, especially if I got sloppy and got behind in my turn, the ski would show its width and balk a bit at coming around. 

 

Even though it does feel like a narrower ski than it is, it certainly won’t be confused with a slalom ski.  Still, despite its 19.5M radius, I could work it into shorter turns and it was reasonably quick side to side.  I did find it a fairly good ski to take into the bumps (my least favorite terrain).  The early rise tip and overall lightness of the ski made for a good combination in the moguls and helped balance the overall moderately stiff flex.

 

In the moderate amount of powder (3-5”) I had during my test runs, the ski had a very nice floaty, surfy feel to it.  It really shines in the softer packed powder on the groomed trails, but had plenty of edge grip when I’d hit scraped hardpack areas.  Overall, I have to give this ski great marks for versatility.  It does a lot of things really really well.

 

Product: Nordica El Capo

Length Tested:177

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  137-107-125/22M

Camber: Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber (Powder CAMRock)

Binding: Marker Griffon

Mount point: Recommended (boot center)

 

Another very good ski from Nordica.  In comparison to the NRGy, it is certainly more of a ski.  You can really feel the full metal jacket in this ski.  Like the NRGy 100, this ski is remarkable in its ability to handle and ski well on groomed trails and hardpack conditions, but unlike the NRGy, you can really sense the width of this ski.  Get it up to speed and arc it over in big GS turns and the ski responds beautifully.  Would have to say that this ski isn’t all that happy at relaxed cruising.  It wants a bit of speed and energy before it will start to respond.

 

Not surprisingly, where this ski really shined was in the bowls, working through the bit of powder and the cut-up chop.  Enjoyed making several laps on the Sierra lift.  The ski handled the bumps very well.  Not sure if it’s the rockered tip, but the two sheets of metal had little detrimental effect on the skis ability to snake its way around through the bumps.   As I said earlier, bumps are not my favorite terrain, but these skis could make them enjoyable again.

While not as versatile as the NRGy 100, this is a great ski for western resort skiing, but definitely focused on working the bowls, deeper snow, and steep runs.  In softer snow, it can be worked in shorter turns and tight spaces, thanks in part to the generous rocker in the tips.

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Copper Mountain

Snow Conditions: @ 3 - 5" of new snow, packed powder, occasional icy, hardpack

 

Tester Info:

Username:Tag

Age:58

Height/Weight:5'-11" / 190 lbs

Ski Days/Season:@25

Years Skiing:55

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