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Advice between three powder skis

post #1 of 5
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Hi all,

Need some advice between 3 pair of skis to add to my quiver.

About me: 5'8", 150-160, ski 75 days in a good year and 30-50 in a down year. Mostly ski the 12's at Copper or The bowl and Steeplechase at Highlands (when not down low with kiddos). Not a pro or anything but hold my own everywhere in CO to include Silverton

My current quiver is a pair of 165 RC4 WC SL for super hardpack groomer days and a pair of 169 Nordica Enforcers pre-rocker that I ride 70-80 percent of the time. I absolutely love the flex of the Enforcer, specifically how stable it is while not being a stiff plank when not full throttle. For me it's the most balanced ski I've owned.

I'm looking to add a 115-120 ski for the days when I'm fortunate enough to get fresh snow.

I am looking at the Helldorodo and Patron from Nordica along with a few year old Blizzard Bodacious. All in the mid-high 170's length.

I've been on the Helldo and enjoyed but haven't been on other two. I value a ski that is more lively than super damp (think older Legend Pro which I wasn't fond of after 5 runs).

I think both Nordie's would be cool just curious to hear from guys who've been on both and wonder about the perceived pro's/cons of each.

I'm only considering the 176 Bodacious bc a rep friend will practically give me a pair. I've read that ski is basically a Freeride comp ski so I'm a bit concerned how nimble and quick it would be in the 176 length or if it's more like the older LP that wasn't happy under 40-50mph. And the new Bodacious is softer so a demo won't really give me a true feel of that ski. I have been on the Bonafide and liked it (but I like enforcer better)

Basically I want a 115-120 Enforcer with true rocker up front but tails that are still there to some degree. For a comparison I hated how soft the Rossi Super 7 was and felt like I was on snowblades with how soft the tails were.

What do you guys think?
post #2 of 5
Since you're in CO why not check out some Icelantic powder skis? The Icelantic Nomad might be right up your alley, its a medium stiff ski that's extremely balanced, its floats well, and carves well. The 181cm is about 110mm underfoot, 191 might be wider. You might like some other models, but I have only skied the nomad and seeker.
They are very well made skis, and are made in your back yard. Well worth the look IMO.

I skied the old bodacious and yea, it was a stiff big mountain gun. Very impressive for what it was. I didn't ski it in powder though.
post #3 of 5
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Thanks for the response. I'm very familiar with Icelantic and unfortunately had a less than positive experience with build quality. To be fair to Icelantic they did provide very good CS so my impression of the company is great but I'm not in a hurry to get back on a pair
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Basically I want a 115-120 Enforcer with true rocker up front but tails that are still there to some degree

 

Hint, Volk Shiro, I love mine. Great edge hold on the frozen morning groomers, nice flex in the spring curd...oh yea, nice float in powder too. Easy to ski in big bumps, and do railroad tracks back to the lift.

 

read the on line reviews, that's what I did before I bought them.

post #5 of 5
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I have never looked into them too much. I demoed mantras before enforcer a few years ago and wasn't a fan. Are the shiro's significantly different than Mantras or just a fatter version of that ski?
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