Nordica SUV demoDemoed a Nordica '04/05 SUV 12 the other day, 180cm (I'm 5'9" 185 lb), wood core with carbon fiber wrap, lightweight ski but very stiff torsionally, fantastic edge hold and stable at speed, very carvy, very precise feel, but a bit wider and stiffer in the tail than I'm used to (Bandit XX 185 is my everyday ski). Maybe too easy to turn, a little hooky in steep bumps; I kept overturning the short radius turns, perhaps the low heel ramp on the bindings contributed to my backseating it. Long-radius turns were surprisingly good though considering the sidecut (115/70/99) Binding was a fairly beefy new Marker (too bad, with some lighter bindings it'd be a really light setup) with a flexible arm connecting the back and front. Would take some getting used to for me, but with practice could be a helluva all-around performer I think. Demo guy advised me to go shorter, like 170. I've skied lots of skis but till now nothing really modern (like the last couple years models); have a pair of '03/04 Atomic R:10s at home waiting for the bindings to arrive, thinking they'll be similar to the Nordicas, maybe more forgiving. Wondering how this year's Atomics skis compare, they'd put me on a 160 in the Metreon! Shape of things to come...?