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Nordica Hor Rod TF 178

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Well this is my review after 3 days on the ski. I'll update this post when the snow gets deeper

Ski: Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel 178
Conditions: Groomed natural and man made, small Icy bumps
Skier: 5'10" 165 lbs, ex-racer, ex-shop guy, ex-instructor
Boot used: Lange comp 120

Other skis in quiver: Bandit XXX 185, K2 piste pipe tele 183
Just unloaded: Rossi B3 185, Rossi B2 182, Salomon 1080 177, VOlkl G31 188


So far this ski is amazing. It carves very clean long and medium radius turns in a variety of shapes. Loads of energy and can change direction very quickly.

The X-balance system works. This is the first binding system that I have felt to actually add value to the ski on the snow. I demoed the Speed machine last year and also could feel the binding working for me. I was never able to say the same for all the versions of Salomon's pilot that I have tried. It took less than 6 turns to find the sweet spot on this ski.

Length on this ski has been a topic of discussion. If you ski strong don't be afraid of the 178. The 170 was recommended to me and I am very happy I stuck to the 178.

Try before you buy but add this ski to your demo short list. Is it a "one ski qiver" like the marketing suggests? I'll let you know when the deep snow arrives.

post #2 of 10
Crudfish, thanks for the great review; lucky you!

How did you find it in short turns? Pure arcs versus "scarving"?

Where did you find the "sweet spot?" Any particular adjustments you made?
post #3 of 10
Cannot wait to try these out! Had to break down and order the special combo of TF's and Hot Rod boots. The deal was just too good to pass up. I hope to be running these by the end of the month.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
"scarving"-good term. They carve best in a medium radius turn. This ski is not going to be as clean as a SL racer but damn good considering the girth IMO.

There are two recommended binding positions on the ski. I chose the one mounted toward the tail labeled "expert". I don't plan on experimenting with the other position. Why mess with a good thing?
post #5 of 10
You may find them quicker in shorter turns in the forward position.

I've got to get on a pair! I'd like to compare them to the Metron:b5s.
post #6 of 10
I don't...not at 999 Euro plus bindings. Sorry, I pass.
post #7 of 10
Mind you, I would love to have a pair of Hot Rod, also in 178...but not for the price they're sold here. I can't afford that.
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Originally Posted by ssh
You may find them quicker in shorter turns in the forward position.
...would be interesting to try, have fun Crudfish. Still wondering why go long though?
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by HaveSkisWillClimb
...would be interesting to try, have fun Crudfish. Still wondering why go long though?
Because they feel perfect.

They got a full day of soft bumps Sunday at a-basin. Perfect there too. Great skis.
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I'm real interested in your opinions. Since I only buy skis every five years or so and have been suggested the HRTF.

My last pair were 198 Volkl G30's which I've loved. But now I feel like my knees need something easier to ski (due to bone-on-bone arthritis). I'm 6'8", 230 lbs and ski 90% off-piste. Do you think the HRTF 186's would be too stiff for trees and crud?

I guess my other considerations would be the HRNitrous, Volkl AC3's or even a shorter length HRTF.
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