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Nordica Hot Rod Afterburner, upon further review

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Thread Starter 
Anyone who has spent any time on the equipment forum here knows my bias in skis. While I skied on the Atomic Metron:b5 for the past two seasons, I picked up a pair of Nordica Mach 3 Powers after demoing them both last spring and this fall. Then, after the second demo, I just had to grab a pair of Afterburners. December 20th was my first full day on them.

Conditions: I skied December 20th at Copper Mountain, CO, USA after a reported 5" of new snow (it snowed all day, but not too hard) on top of a decent base. Conditions ranged from a few powder shots (12" or so on the upper mountain) to soft bumps, to ungroomed blues.

Ski: Nordica Hot Rod Afterburner, 170 cm

Review

I have been skiing the Mach 3 Power since I stopped demoing in November, and this was day 10 on-snow for this season. I have really enjoyed the Mach 3 Ps for their edge power (especially under foot) and their ability to shape turns and adjust turn styles. Since the snow was expected to be soft and the Afterburners are 84mm underfoot, it seemed a good time to get out on them for the first time.

I skied these straight out of the box with only a fresh wax as preparation.

In a word: Fun!

For a ski this wide, they arc wonderfully on the more packed conditions, are light and lively everywhere on the mountain, and showed some special capabilities in the low-visibility cut up snow near the summit.

Groomed and semi-groomed:
The first few runs we took were from the top of the American Flyer chair down to the American Flyer run, and then up and down the Timerline chair for a couple of hours. I was guiding a group of OHG members, and we were hunting for good snow without turning up the volume too much.

While arcing down from the chair on the groomed, I was relieved that they felt just as snappy as I remembered. For a wider mid-fat, they handle very well on edge, allow for a wide selection of carved arcs, and seemed to encourage me to really work the progressiveness of my edge angles. Unintentionally, I jetted away from the group as I picked up more speed than I realized before stopping at the top of the run. As a result, I dialed it back and skied very slowly with a lot of drifted/brushed short radius turns. The skis handled the change wonderfully. No sense that they wanted to lock on the edges, and yet no complaints when I wanted to lock into an arc, either. Nice!

Bumps: Off Timerline, most of the bumps we skied were fairly gentle. The 170s were a good length to guide through the bumps, I could keep the tips on the snow, and did not feel that I was tossed around by the skis at all. I could dance them through very short turns or let them run a little. Overall, they helped smooth out the rough edges of the bumps.

Powder/Bumps: Later in the day, we headed up Sierra lift and tried both sides of the ridge (Retreat a couple of times, and Little Trees once). This is one of my favorite areas of Copper, with big powder bumps on Retreat and rolling powder in the trees of Little Trees. In these conditions, the Afterburners motored through the change-ups from untracked to cut-up, smooth rollers to 3' bumps (all snow-covered). What I noticed was that I didn't have to notice! No anticipation of snow changes was necessary. Just follow the tips down the runs.

Summary: A delightful wider ski that offers a broad range of performance for the improving and even expert skier. My lighter weight and preference for snappy skis and turns has me on the 170. The 178 may appeal to those who prefer a more GS feel or who want more float. For me, the 170s were a very nice choice.

My stats:

Height: 6'
Weight: 175lbs
Other equipment: Nordica Aggressor 150 boots
Skiing skills: 36th season skiing, ski most of the mountain, but prefer powder, and smooth steeps. New skis have me loving groomed terrain, again, even the very gentle. PSIA Level II.
post #2 of 14
So, when do the M B5's go on the block?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, since you asked about them, I guess I'll put them up now. I'm doing some different things with my skiing and gear, and right now at least, the Nordicas do what I'm seeking.

The Atomics are still rocket ships, tho!
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Originally Posted by ssh View Post
I'm doing some different things with my skiing and gear...
So, where's the link to further information on these different things ...or the video
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cgeib View Post
So, where's the link to further information on these different things ...or the video
Soon enough, my friend, soon enough...

...although I was talking about this late last year and early this year...
post #6 of 14
Boomp boomp boomp, another Metron bites the dust....
post #7 of 14
I got to try these today at Sugar Bowl in a 178 thanks to SierraJim. This ski was definitely my smile of the day. No apparent speed limit, solid turns in the radius that I like and a great performer on trail and in the dust on crust off-trail.

Steve, you really picked a winner with this. Other skis demoed today included Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel, Rossi Zenith 9, Fischer RX9, Bro 179 Soft, M11:B5, Volkl Allstar and more.
post #8 of 14
And I just got myself a pair of these tonight. Can't wait to try them out on Saturday.
post #9 of 14
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I got to try these today at Sugar Bowl in a 178 thanks to SierraJim. This ski was definitely my smile of the day. No apparent speed limit, solid turns in the radius that I like and a great performer on trail and in the dust on crust off-trail.

Steve, you really picked a winner with this. Other skis demoed today included Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel, Rossi Zenith 9, Fischer RX9, Bro 179 Soft, M11:B5, Volkl Allstar and more.
OK Cirque:

Puke up the report on the "other" sticks you were on today.

Purty Please!
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So, where's...the video
Here's a short clip of ssh arcing the Afterburners at Copper last Monday: 4.1MB Quicktime .MOV.
post #11 of 14

cirquerider...

Hi Cirq,
i was at the bowl today as well skiing with a psia group...
we had a ski with the d team day and i had an enjoyable day skiing with nick herrin.
which ski performed best today on the the sections of rained on glare ice?

cheers,
holiday
post #12 of 14
The glare ice was Pwn3d by the 175 Allstars, 170 Hot Rod Top Fuel, but I personally was shouting "Wow" the whole way down the hill on the 178 Afterburners. This wider ski just kept asking for more speed and delivered more fun. I don't know if the skis were a bigger kick or the chance to spend the day with SierraJim, Jed Peters, and Tyrone Shoelaces. There were definitely some fast moving blurred figures on the hill today, and while we weren't invited to the party, it would have been a kick to see Rick Herrin and the psia crew today. Anyway its fair to say there was some talent on hand.

I will do a trip report and have a ton of pictures, but as soon as I got home from skiing, I had to go out with Mrs Cirquerider for our weekly dance lesson. You ain't lived till you ski a full day and dance in the evening. :
post #13 of 14
So here we are 2 months later and Uncle Jim tells me his Afterburners are 50% off today.

Hmmm, what to do, what to do?:

My how time flys
post #14 of 14

hmmmmmm

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
So here we are 2 months later and Uncle Jim tells me his Afterburners are 50% off today.

Hmmm, what to do, what to do?:

My how time flys
Circ:

You should hit the BUY button now. You don't want Uncle Jim to run out of goodies!

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