I went to a 'snowHeads' ski test at one of the indoor 'real snow' slopes in the UK yesterday with the sole purpose of trying the Hot Rods & comparing them to my b5's.
Unfortunately the Nordica rep turned up but his skis didn't - apparently they were delivered elsewhere by UPS! Also no new Volkls either as I also fancied testing the AC3 & AC4's.
Anyway, both Rockyrobin (whose M11's are currently on order after extensive trials) & myself tried about everything else 'non Nordica' & after a few hours I realised that I hadn't been on anything that came remotely to my b5's. Rockyrobin (whose way lighter than me) also came to the same conclusion re everything he tried v his soon to arrive M11's.
One ski that a number of people liked was the K2 Apache Recon. I tried it a while back before I got my b5's & thought it pretty damp but nevertheless I thought I'd give them another whirl. Well compared to the b5 I think I was wrong in my initial assessment as I now think that 'lifeless' would be a better description in comparison.
Should hopefully be able to try the Nordica's in Les Deux Alps in October.