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Icelantic Vanguard and Nomad RKR

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Any of you guys ski these? Looking to fill the spot for the fatter ski in the quiver (CO).

 

Got a Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti for the other.

 

Thanks!

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Anyone?

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I have the Nomad RKR in my quiver. I bought it from another instructor who didn't love the way the skis responded to him. I will say that while I like them, they are not the easiest ski to ski on. They are not very forgiving, and will let you know quickly when you are not centered on them. Good ski, but not for the lazy. 

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I have the Nomad RKR in my quiver. I bought it from another instructor who didn't love the way the skis responded to him. I will say that while I like them, they are not the easiest ski to ski on. They are not very forgiving, and will let you know quickly when you are not centered on them. Good ski, but not for the lazy. 


I also have the Nomad RKR (now just Nomad). It's interesting how everyone view skis differently. I love 'em! They are my any-soft-snow-ski, and I take them all over the mountain. I find them very forgiving and fun. They even get up and carve heading back to the lift. But, make no mistake, when it gets firm or I'm going to be on groomers they stay in the locker.

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I also have the Nomad RKR (now just Nomad). It's interesting how everyone view skis differently. I love 'em! They are my any-soft-snow-ski, and I take them all over the mountain. I find them very forgiving and fun. They even get up and carve heading back to the lift. But, make no mistake, when it gets firm or I'm going to be on groomers they stay in the locker.

my findings as well. I did not ski the RKR version but I owned and loved the SFT version.  They were a fun ski, good energy, good blend of dampness and feel, Turny, slarvy and for 111 underfoot (that's what they really measure from the bases) are pretty good in soft bumps.  Great float due to the wide tips and tails.  They do well on the soft groomed too.  Here's an old one from 2009

 

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Thanks guys! Finding very little on the Vanguard...

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Thanks guys! Finding very little on the Vanguard...


Brand new last year. Intended for BC use. I don't remember seeing any reviews.

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Anyone hear anything about these? I'm trying to add a BC setup to the quiver and get a solid deal on these guys. Any input would be great, thanks!

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my findings as well. I did not ski the RKR version but I owned and loved the SFT version.  They were a fun ski, good energy, good blend of dampness and feel, Turny, slarvy and for 111 underfoot (that's what they really measure from the bases) are pretty good in soft bumps.  Great float due to the wide tips and tails.  They do well on the soft groomed too.  Here's an old one from 2009

 

That really was one of the greatest skis ever.   I always wished they'd make another with just a touch of tip rocker.  The Nomad RKR, is a good ski, but quite a bit more demanding the the SFT (but still, not really a 'demanding' ski).  I've skied them in the 181cm, liked them, but I think they are MUCH better ski in the SKNY version.  The Vanguard is a bit of an also ran, similar to the sort of ski a number of companies make….I think Icelantic usually hits Home Runs with the ski designs that aren't that common to other companies (especially big main stream companies) such as the Shaman, Nomad, Gypsy and the SKNY version of each.  

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I feel ya about it being in a crowded category and maybe not as cutting edge as the shaman and others. But it seems fairly similar to the Kufo 108 and Voile V8, but maybe a little more playful? I also appreciate that they're made in the USA and Icelantic tries to sustainably source some of their materials.
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