Ski Reviews: a bunch of 2007 Midfat (76-88mm waist) skis[quote=dawgcatching]2007 Ski Reviews: Midfat 76-88mm waist
-Nordica Top Fuel 170cm: unchanged for 2007, 78mm underfoot, same construction as Jet Fuel.
Pretty much what I said about the Jet Fuel applies here. Very stiff, very powerful, quite demanding, and a tough ski to get a handle on in rough snow. Rewarding and a lot of fun on smoother snow. Probably a better choice for the hard-snow skier looking for that one ski quiver that can go out west with them. I noticed very little reduction in float between the 84 and 78, so you could do well with either footprint. quote]
I demoed a 2007, 178cm Top Fuel this past weekend at Killington, Vt. My stats: 6', 225lbs, Type III - Level 8/9, 50+ days/year Enjoy steep groomers, soft bumps, powder in trees, chutes & bowls when on "big" hill !!! Conditions: groomed in the AM rapidly changing to Eastern Hard Pack.
Probably because of my size = weight, I did not find the ski to be as demanding as mentioned above. While not as responsive as my 177cm Volkl AC4's, I found the ski very predictable and easy to drive when executing medium and long radius turns. I agree with "very powerful" but I would restate that as VERY stable at speed - very high speed. My first run was down Outer Limits - first one down from opening chair. As no one was on the trail ahead of me, I let them rip and the best description would be to compare the ride to that of an 1100 Kawasaki I used to own - at 70 mph it felt like I was going 40.
Acceptible when conditions became icy but NOT an ice ski. I did not have any new snow, crud, bumps or tree runs to try but feel they would handle new snow and crud very well. As I did not find them especially quick turning, they may be more to handle in the trees and bumps. Also their stiffness may be an added minus in the bumps.
Overall, for the conditions/trials I was on, a ski I would consider buying.