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Nordica Santa Ana vs Nordica Nemesis

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Hi, everyone, 

 

I just demoed the Santa Ana last weekend at Lake Louise and it blew me away. I'm thinking of getting it as my main daily driver here in the Alberta Rockies. I also, however, saw an amazing deal on a pair of 2014 Nordica Nemesis ($275 including binding). How do these two skis compare? I haven't tried the Nemesis and don't think I will have an opportunity to do so.

 

What I loved about the Santa Ana was its playfulness but also its stability, and speed. I'm looking for a new daily driver to replace my 2014 Volkl Kenjas. I love these skis, but want something that is a little more playful, and not quite as stiff. I love them on packed powder and groomed, but they are a lot of work in soft snow and chop. I'm 5'8", 220 lbs and an advanced skier. I ski Sunshine and Lake Louise, so want something soft-biased, but that can still make it down a groomer on lower-mountain. 

post #2 of 5

IIRC, the Santa Ana is the women's version of the new Enforcer, which gets great reviews.  It has mide tip and tail rocker, making it at least somewhat playful, and easy to make differing styles and sizes of turns.

 

The Nemesis is the women's version of old Enforcer -- one of my favorite skis ever -- but will be somewhat less "playful" due it having little or no tail rocker, and more sidecut (so it will RIP groomers).  I remember reviews for this ski recommending it for "charging" women.

 

At $275, I'd buy both, and make the Nemesis my rock skis!

 

Hope that helps, and that some women that have skied both will chime in soon!

 

Tom

post #3 of 5
The Nemesis is the women's version of the Hell and Back, not the Enforcer.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

The Nemesis is the women's version of the Hell and Back, not the Enforcer.

Funny, when the Nemesis came out for 2011, there was no such ski as the Hell & Back.

 

In any event, both the Enforcer (previously owned) and the Hell & Back (still own) are great, carvy skis for advanced skiers.  The H&B doesn't really suffer at all from the lack of metal, until you're going over 40, IMO.

post #5 of 5
Santa Ana has tail rocker, shorter turn radius. You liked the Santa Ana, just get it. The Nemesis is a good ski, but it isn't the Santa Ana.
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