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Greetings from across the pond. I have been looking at this forum for quite some time now, and I notice that one ski is getting a lot of attention in the way the B5 did last year. I am talking about the Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel.

I am currently looking for a new set of skis and am strongly considering Stormrider XL's, but will not get to test them. I will however, get to try the Hot Rod Nitrous. This seems to be marketed in the UK as the top Hot Rod ski, but everyone on this forum raves about the Top Fuel, which doesn't seem to be widely available in the UK.

Can anyone out there tell me about the Nitrous and how it compares to the Top Fuel?
post #2 of 15
Here's my opinion on the two. - http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=26722
post #3 of 15
disclaimer: i pro rep for nordica

only differences are the binding system (piston vs non-piston) and several layers of titanal. the hot rod is hands down the best ski that i have ever owned. i prefer it at 78 mm underfoot to the modified which is 74mm underfoot. fellow barking bear Bob Barnes is on the modified and he likes the slightly narrower ski.

the ski just one two awards in skiing magazine's latest issue.
post #4 of 15
I guess I'm going to have to get a pair of Top Fuels and see what all the fuss is about.
post #5 of 15
The hot rod top fuel is on my demo list, but I'm certainly not going to kick down for a pair new...maybe next year. Sounds like a slam dunk though, as far as dimensons and construction go.
post #6 of 15
Oh yeah...but if it only comes with markers.....they can go to hell.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by conor
Greetings from across the pond. I have been looking at this forum for quite some time now, and I notice that one ski is getting a lot of attention in the way the B5 did last year. I am talking about the Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel.

I am currently looking for a new set of skis and am strongly considering Stormrider XL's, but will not get to test them. I will however, get to try the Hot Rod Nitrous. This seems to be marketed in the UK as the top Hot Rod ski, but everyone on this forum raves about the Top Fuel, which doesn't seem to be widely available in the UK.

Can anyone out there tell me about the Nitrous and how it compares to the Top Fuel?
Skied the entire line last Feb in Northern Michigan. Top Fuel was the best ski in this category....loved it. However, it is beefy and not for the lazy or unskilled but in the right hands.....great. Modified is a narrower version of it and would be the choice for those who ski groomed and/or hard snow mostly.

The Top Fuel was good on boilerplate which we had the first day. It had warmed up to the 50s and rained before arrival then got cold so day 1 was a good test of edge hold. Top Fuel and Modified were impressive for such wide skis.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the imput. I tried the Hot Rod Nitrous today at our local indoor snow dome, along with the Apache Recon. The Recon did nothng for me, the Nitrous made me smile from ear to ear. I think I'll stop thinking about the Stormider now - the Nitrous has it for me. Sounds silly but it always seemed eager to please and rewarded me with every effort I put in. The Recon seemed lazy and lifeless by comparison.

Rusty Guy, what do you make of the Nitrous? I hear very little of the Top Fuel and Modified here in the UK, only the Eliminator and Nitrous.
post #9 of 15
the top fuel and modified are 78 and 74 mm underfoot respectibely(sp?). both contain metal....titanal to be exact. in theory these to are designed to hold a little better on hard snow.

i have tried the modified and quite honestly felt it skiied/felt just like the speedmachine.

one of the cool things about the nordica line that i really like is....pick a length in the non race line and they all have essentially the same turn radius. i simply don't know why anyone wouldn't want to enjoy the extra width underfoot.

i have not been on the nitrous or eliminator.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Rusty Guy, will be getting the Nitrous I think, which will be broken in at Winter Park in January (good bar - as well as local beer - recommendations welcome!)
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by conor
Thanks for the imput. I tried the Hot Rod Nitrous today at our local indoor snow dome, along with the Apache Recon. The Recon did nothng for me, the Nitrous made me smile from ear to ear. I think I'll stop thinking about the Stormider now - the Nitrous has it for me. Sounds silly but it always seemed eager to please and rewarded me with every effort I put in. The Recon seemed lazy and lifeless by comparison.

Rusty Guy, what do you make of the Nitrous? I hear very little of the Top Fuel and Modified here in the UK, only the Eliminator and Nitrous.
Someone else told you that the Top Fuel and Modified has a couple of layers of metal. Typical of GS ski construction. The Nitrous is a little easier turning and less stable at high speed. Skied all of these skis over a 3 day period last Feb and they all ski great. I prefer the TF and M due to the extra stability from the titanal layers but that is purely personal preference.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
the top fuel and modified are 78 and 74 mm underfoot respectibely(sp?). both contain metal....titanal to be exact. in theory these to are designed to hold a little better on hard snow.

i have tried the modified and quite honestly felt it skiied/felt just like the speedmachine.

one of the cool things about the nordica line that i really like is....pick a length in the non race line and they all have essentially the same turn radius. i simply don't know why anyone wouldn't want to enjoy the extra width underfoot.

i have not been on the nitrous or eliminator.
In colorado you might not notice the difference between the speedmachine and the modified but on hard eastern/midwestern "powder" the speedmachine has slightly better edge hold and is quicker from edge to edge.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by bsimeral
In colorado you might not notice the difference between the speedmachine and the modified but on hard eastern/midwestern "powder" the speedmachine has slightly better edge hold and is quicker from edge to edge.
indeed.......i see.

info like this is why i love these forums:

quicker edge to edge are buzzwords I often see in ski reviews here. at my age i don't do anything quickly so a ski that is quick edge to edge would be wasted on me.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
indeed.......i see.

info like this is why i love these forums:

quicker edge to edge are buzzwords I often see in ski reviews here. at my age i don't do anything quickly so a ski that is quick edge to edge would be wasted on me.
Well, I am quite a bit older than you so maybe my screen name should be "really rusty guy."

I like to make gs type turns mostly but coming from a long racing, teaching and coaching background I still like quick turns once in a while.

I did notice a difference in the skis....or at least thought I did. Quicker edge to edge is merely the physics of a narrower ski. The rest is up to the skier. I prefer a ski with a 67-70mm waist for carving on midwest/east powder. Just ordered a pair of Volkl Allstars (70mm) for local skiing.

If I don't get healthy this fall I will be making nothing but wedge turns on green runs and none of this will make a difference for me.
post #15 of 15
The Hod rod skis well, but the Stockli Stormrider XL is much better!
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