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post #31 of 49
Has anyone had any experience of skiing the Icelantic Pilgrim's as an all-round ski?

I've got a pair of the new 07/08 Pilgrim's in 169cm c/w VISTS that my missus wants to pinch.

She's a 5'6" 130lbs intermediate+ skier whose just getting into off piste & as currently on 160 Burnin' Luv's which she thinks are great.
post #32 of 49

Icelantic Boards

"The Nomad"
(140-105-130) 20m radius @ 181cm



Manufacturer Info:


Icelantic Skis
948 W. 8th Avenue
Denver, Colorado USA 80204
Tel: +1 303 670 6804
http://www.Icelanticboards.com

Usage Class:

All mountain wide ski

Your Rating (with comments): (1="get me off these things"->10="I have to own a pair")

8+ for mostly soft snow terrain with occasional groomer trips

Summary:

A playful, fun, easy-skiing ski that lives up to the hype of "go anywhere, do anything ski" remarkably well. Remarkably quick and respsonsive for its dimensions, plenty of pop and grip when needed, and holds a carve better than you'd expect on firm surfaces, although it definitely wants to turn rather than cruise. Not a big-air hucking/landing ski, nor a high-speed machine or death-crust breaker, but a great explorer ski for all over the hill, the tighter - the better.

Technical Ski Data:

Poplar wood core
P-Tex sidewalls
Rubber foil between core and base
Fiberglass (unilateral and matte)
Nylon topsheets
Durasurf 4001 P-Tex bases
2.2mm edges

Price: $629 retail usd.

Rumored to be pressed in the NeverSummer snowboard facility in Colorado, USA.

 
Pre-Skiing Impression:

Somewhat stiffer-than-expected flex, plenty of dampness and nice rebound, with respectable torsional strength. Fit and finish were like the other Icelantic skis: sturdy and effective more than spit-polished. Fairly standard dimensions and radius with adventure-comic graphics (some people like 'em, some don't...I really don't care too much either way).

Test Conditions:

Cold, dry, powder snow 1 day old, boot-deep powder, tracked-out boot-deep powder and nicely packed groomers with small bumps on the sides if you look for them. Les Grand Montets - Chamonix, France. January 2009.

Test Results:

I skied these and the fatter "Shaman" the same morning, both fitted with alpine (downhill) binders. After skiing the Shaman, the Nomad felt like a playful pup ready to bound all over the hill with more spunk and pop than its big brother.  I found the Nomad to be more fun, more nimble and required less concentration at the helm than the Shaman, but it definitely lacked the uber-front-floater feel of the Shaman.  After a couple runs, I realized the Nomad was ridiculously easy to ski (because I forgot all about it really) in the chopped-up powder-turning-to-bumps, fresh stashes of powder or cranking along the groomers back to the lifts.  While the Shaman rewards an aggressive, forward stance with impressive turn-ability, the Nomad could be skied in nearly any position and give you a great ride. Picking precise lines at lower to moderate speeds was effortless. If you got moving into higher-speed situations, the Nomad would let you know it did not appreciate being skied at or above GS-pace on any surface. It was a little flappy at high speeds in chop, but as soon as you got back down to its ideal speed range, it settled right in and was fun and easy. The Nomad could be a good ski for people who venture into the woods looking for good untouched powder runs without dropping big cliffs or hitting mach-schnell runouts. If you run into windcrust, death cookies or any junk on a regular basis, the Shaman might be better. The Nomad is less aggressive and more playful.  Lots of people like the Nomad for fooling around the whole mountain, and I agree.  Muscle-skiers and high-speed fanatics will find the Nomad too turny and "soft" feeling. Treeline poachers who regularly duck branches will probably like it a bunch. Fun ski. Totally different than the Shaman.

Analogies: (this ski is like...)

Playful, do-anything black labrador retriever at that age right before they get fat. Fun, playful, yet easy-going when you want them to be, without being demanding or too business-like. Mellow enough to take to a restaurant or bar, yet mischevious enough to chase rabbits through the underbrush.

After Trying This Ski, I Want To...

Find a pair really cheap on Ebay.

Self-Description of Skiing Style, Ability, Experience, Preferences:

Expert groomed-surface carver, "old-style" race inspired, "foot steerer" with fairly sensitive edging feel who loves the feel of powder floating and banking. Loves to hold long arcs with lots of pressure on the downhill ski (you know the type), but also loves the feel of both skis on-edge leaving tiny railroad track edge tracks. Not an instructor, but 10 year coach for youth race team in New England (bulletproof is the norm).

Photos:

(I blew the on-site photos away by mistake transferring them off the chip - d'oh)...here is what they look like:


post #33 of 49

very nice review, this is my favorite ski of all time. I ski it in the 168, yes, it is made by NeverSummer and the real dims are 146-110 (some say 111)-136. Super fun, lite and playful for sure. Icelantics have a unique feel underfoot. Mount these BC as suggested. Another nice thing about them is there bomb-proof bases.  Good luck finding them on the cheap, a year ago, you could ge these dirt cheap, not any more.

post #34 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by spyderjon View Post

 

Has anyone had any experience of skiing the Icelantic Pilgrim's as an all-round ski?

I've got a pair of the new 07/08 Pilgrim's in 169cm c/w VISTS that my missus wants to pinch.

She's a 5'6" 130lbs intermediate+ skier whose just getting into off piste & as currently on 160 Burnin' Luv's which she thinks are great.

 

 


 

Spyer- hopefully there will be separate review. Near perfect soft snow 1 quiver ski.

post #35 of 49

Old thread, but wondering if there is any update on how people feel about this ski?  Looking for an all mountain ski for loveland, breck, a basin, keystone, etc and have the opportunity to pick the 2015 nomads up for quite a deal.  Good ski?  I'm an intermediate skier very comfortable on blues and looking to improve this year to test a few blacks and probably the mile. 

post #36 of 49

the RKR or the traditional?  Its still a very good ski.  I never got on the RKR but would like to.  Enjoy; Icelantic folks are nice people.   

post #37 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

for your use I think they would be great. I wish they would make a longer ski though cause they look great and would probably rock at the bird.


They make a 191 cm Nomad, how long do you want?

post #38 of 49

@mudfoot  I think at the time BWPA posted that, they were only making the 181 or even the 173.  

post #39 of 49

And that member is no longer with us.  Odd, but there are two banned members in this thread.  Hm.

post #40 of 49

Icelantic is the ski of the revolutionaries....???  

post #41 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

very nice review, this is my favorite ski of all time. I ski it in the 168, yes, it is made by NeverSummer and the real dims are 146-110 (some say 111)-136. Super fun, lite and playful for sure. Icelantics have a unique feel underfoot. Mount these BC as suggested. Another nicing about them is there bomb-proof bases.  Good luck finding them on the cheap, a year ago, you could ge these dirt cheap, not any more.

 

Finn,

 

I got a great big grin from reading the above. "FAVORITE SKI OF ALL TIME". Sometimes what we write comes back to grab 'ya by the a**.

 

Any hints on what your new all-time fav ski is?

post #42 of 49

@Living Proof 

 

Mike at that time it was my favorite and it is still a great ski. I would love to grab a 181 used in the RKR version. The 168 was a blast though.  Not sure why that would grab me by the ass though, I loved that ski.  My current favorite is the Praxis Protest for deeper days and the FX94 for firmer days but I also really like the Soul7 too.  This season I break out the Sir Francis Bacon and a couple of others including the Head Rally.  The Soul7's are getting setup for AT. Lots of really good skis out there and I guess what I like depends on where and when I am skiing it.   

 

This was taken on my 168's  

 

post #43 of 49

I loved my NOMAD SFT 181cm, it was on of the best EC tree skis ever (even without rocker!).  Furthermore, it's still getting skied hard as a tele-ski beneath a young ripper friend who inherited it….what you hear about the quality and durability of icelantics is very, very, true.  

post #44 of 49

@Liam   yep, I also owned a 181 SFT and felt it was an improvement on the original.  I always felt it needed a touch of rocker though. If anyone has any around for sale let me know, leftovers or used.  

post #45 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

@Liam
   yep, I also owned a 181 SFT and felt it was an improvement on the original.  I always felt it needed a touch of rocker though. If anyone has any around for sale let me know, leftovers or used.  

DIY rocker guy strikes again!
post #46 of 49
I should have Rockered my own.
post #47 of 49

First of all thank you to mother nature and loveland for the awesome first day on the slopes this season!!! And thanks to the Icelantic crew that let me demo some of their skis.  Tried out the new Nomad RKR and it was an awesome ride. 18" base at loveland, 4 inches overnight and maybe another three during the day. These skis rocked and I was convinced they would be the ones I would buy for my all mountain - one ski quiver until.... I tried the 173 Shamans!!! Holy shitzkes what a ski!!  Even with the early season conditions, I could tear down spillway, catching an edge whenever I wanted as fast as I wanted. Amazing ski.  Little worried about it's performance in the bumps, but I think this is the ski for me.  

 

Just goes to show you that you really need to try different skis until you find the one that matches your style.  I was ready to go with the RKR and thought the Shaman would be too much ski for me. Luckily, my wife and the awesome guys at Icelantic convinced me to try it out. Didn't even want to demo another ski for the rest of the day :) Lots of fun. 

 

Probably will try out the Blizzard Bonafide and Cochise before I purchase, but what a ski!!!

post #48 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwiab View Post
 

First of all thank you to mother nature and loveland for the awesome first day on the slopes this season!!! And thanks to the Icelantic crew that let me demo some of their skis.  Tried out the new Nomad RKR and it was an awesome ride. 18" base at loveland, 4 inches overnight and maybe another three during the day. These skis rocked and I was convinced they would be the ones I would buy for my all mountain - one ski quiver until.... I tried the 173 Shamans!!! Holy shitzkes what a ski!!  Even with the early season conditions, I could tear down spillway, catching an edge whenever I wanted as fast as I wanted. Amazing ski.  Little worried about it's performance in the bumps, but I think this is the ski for me.  

 

Just goes to show you that you really need to try different skis until you find the one that matches your style.  I was ready to go with the RKR and thought the Shaman would be too much ski for me. Luckily, my wife and the awesome guys at Icelantic convinced me to try it out. Didn't even want to demo another ski for the rest of the day :) Lots of fun. 

 

Probably will try out the Blizzard Bonafide and Cochise before I purchase, but what a ski!!!

 

I know a guy on patrol at Luv who swears by the SKNY Version of the Shaman for everything--especially the cut-up, and windblown conditions that most resort skiing offers. Certainly be more bump friendly. Worth checking out unless you need a lot of float.

post #49 of 49

@bwiab   The shammies are a fun ski and I have the 173 from a few years back. I liked that ski and it is good in heavy snow but I still prefer a rockered ski for powder.  Lots of people love them for everything.  Enjoy!  Thumbs Up 

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