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Nordica Afterburner

post #1 of 13
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I am planning on replacing my 176 rossi Z9's as my primary ski for this season. I weight 220lbs, 6ft even. I ski primarily east coast with 1-2 trips west each winter. I ski expert level, is a 186 Nordica Afterburner too much ski for east coast? I am looking for a stiff ski, doesn't need to be 'forgiving'. I just recieved my 179 Public Enemies in the mail, I don't know how anyone can call this ski stiff. I prefer a ski with a wood core. Any ideas for a good, for lack of a better term, all mountain ski?
post #2 of 13
I know what you're looking at, and it might be worth the risk. I have skied the Afterburner in the 178 and thought it was great for a lot of tasks. Excellent carving ski, and stable for something that wide. Could I, a 230 lb behemoth bend a 186 (2-3/4 inches longer)?

I'm nearly sure of it. I have many skis in that length and longer. It wouldn't be my choice in the bumps, but I could definitely find some groomers to rip and off-piste where that extra length was an asset. You may give up some shorter turn and bump versatility, but you will be able to ski it.

Comparing the Afterburner to Z9...there is no comparison. The Afterburner in same day conditions beat the Z9 hands down for stability and ability to initiate and hold a carve in a GS type turn. Much better in softer snow and off-piste, it didn't get tossed and was an overall faster ski. The Z9 really didn't hold up well to a day of skiing the Afterburner, Mach 3, Nitrous, RX9, Allstars, Eliminator, Metron M:11 B5, and I don't recall what else. The tail grabbed some off-piste and it was not nearly as damp on uneven terrain at speed. Z-9 has more shape than most of the test skis except the Metron, and our group was skiing very fast long turns which may not have suited this ski and my skills, and its a bit unfair to compare a 170 to the longer AB. Others, liked the ski, so YMMV
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
I know what you're looking at, and it might be worth the risk. I have skied the Afterburner in the 178 and thought it was great for a lot of tasks. Excellent carving ski, and stable for something that wide. Could I, a 230 lb behemoth bend a 186 (2-3/4 inches longer)?

I'm nearly sure of it. I have many skis in that length and longer. It wouldn't be my choice in the bumps, but I could definitely find some groomers to rip and off-piste where that extra length was an asset. You may give up some shorter turn and bump versatility, but you will be able to ski it.

Comparing the Afterburner to Z9...there is no comparison. The Afterburner in same day conditions beat the Z9 hands down for stability and ability to initiate and hold a carve in a GS type turn. Much better in softer snow and off-piste, it didn't get tossed and was an overall faster ski. The Z9 really didn't hold up well to a day of skiing the Afterburner, Mach 3, Nitrous, RX9, Allstars, Eliminator, Metron M:11 B5, and I don't recall what else. The tail grabbed some off-piste and it was not nearly as damp on uneven terrain at speed. Z-9 has more shape than most of the test skis except the Metron, and our group was skiing very fast long turns which may not have suited this ski and my skills, and its a bit unfair to compare a 170 to the longer AB. Others, liked the ski, so YMMV
I couldn't have said it better!
Having skied both of these skis, though not in the lengths you're speaking of, I'd pick the afterburner over the Z9 hands down!
post #4 of 13
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Sounds good

I sense the force growing stronger. If the princess catches me, she may convert to a Seth. I'll have to keep them at work.:
post #5 of 13
The ski you want for the east coast is the Top Fuel. It will handle the hard snow and rips on firm groomed. It does great in powder, but not like the afterburner.

178 is a lot of Top Fuel, I am 205#, 5'10"ish, ski a 170 and for tight spots such as woods and a bump field like OL it's good for the east. This ski keeps up with my gs friends.
post #6 of 13
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...is a 186 Nordica Afterburner too much ski for east coast? I am looking for a stiff ski, doesn't need to be 'forgiving'... I prefer a ski with a wood core.
That would be the Top Fuel. I don't get to ski many different skis but the Top Fuel really performs.
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That would be the Top Fuel. I don't get to ski many different skis but the Top Fuel really performs.
I think he's talking about the deal SJ has on the afterburner right now.
If so, its a killer deal and worth the try. I am not sure he'll be disappointed.
post #8 of 13
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dirty deed

Done dirt cheap. That makes 7 pairs!
post #9 of 13
I really wish the longer skis had been available for demo last year. The AB was such a strong arcing ski that it seemed a longer length would have been a real cruiser. I looked at that ski more than once and actually bought, then cancelled an order at $525 when they were 50% off. That deal was a no-brainer. I ended up with the Nitrous, which is the second tier to the Top Fuel. I have a bunch of skis from 94 to 105 mm and wanted one that was a firm-days stick. Maybe if I have one of those, we will actually get some snow this year. Last year with an all-fat quiver, we had the worst snow year in like 40 years.
post #10 of 13
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Inspiration

I'll have to hit the weights hard this fall. I have all the skis I NEED? Now, should I go for Jackson or hold out for Powder Mountain?
post #11 of 13
BTW, it was a foregone conclusion you would buy skis if this is the group you came to for an intervention.

This is ssh on his 170 Afterburners, and he is a malnourished 175 lbs Apple computer geek (soaking wet) .
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Done dirt cheap. That makes 7 pairs!
Seven?
Pffft:

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This is ssh on his 170 Afterburners, and he is a malnourished 175 lbs Apple computer geek (soaking wet) .
I can attest to this
post #13 of 13
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share

Hey, at least I don't have to share my skis with anyone.
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