Skied the Nomad 181on 3/27/08. Variable conditions (Everything from dust on crust, soft groomed to knee deep), Tail is a little soft which helped it come around in the chute nicely. But overall it's pretty close to a 1 quiver ski. The only exception would be ice or serious hard pack. It was phenomenal in the open bowls as expected but where it shown was in the tight trees and chutes. The thing initiates a turn without effort, and turns on a dime. I did a couple GS runs on it down the soft groomed and was surprised at how well it holds an edge. It had good energy from turn to turn, held a line and laid down some serious trench. All in all, I'm pretty impressed but will wait to purchase until I can ski the 184 shaman this weekend. I think if the Nomad was available in a 186 or 188 I could ski it off the shelf without any adjustment. At the 181, it could be a great ski but would take a day or two to adjust to the short length (I'm on a 193 Stockli Stormrider DP Pro right now), especially when airing it out and sticking the landing. It was a little shaking when burning down the cat track, but with a decent tune and a tweak on the bindings I think I could remedy that problem, but it carves nice, turns easily, and as expected floats well. All in all I'm pretty stoked and would ski it over a Mantra or LP any day. I'd like to ski it against the Super Mojo 105 too.
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4/1/08 at 8:57pm