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Consider this: Nordica Helldiver vs Scott Mission

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Thread Starter 
I have been looking at the Scott Mission as an addition to my quiver.  Keep in mind, it was a one ski quiver until April when I added the Hart Phoenix to my Nordica Top Fuel.  I believe that I have skied the Top Fuel for 4 seasons - this will be my 5th.

I am looking for an East Coast ski that would be fun in soft snow.  I think both are 90 under foot and have no metal.  The Mission has had great reviews, versatile and playful.  The Helldiver sounds like a lot of ski but still nimble.  Since I would buy these skis for soft snow they need to be relatively easy to ski in tight quarter or woods.

I am 185# 5'10" and ski well except for the occasional tree.  I have had a fantastic run over the past years on my Top Fuels so a Nordica already has my respect.  The Mission sounds like a lot of fun and my perception is that it also would be easier on me.  Size would be 178.

If anyone has experience or thoughts about these two skis, please share them.  Now is the time to pick up some skis.

bz
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I have written about my positive impressions of the Mission on here before.  I weigh 155 & find the 178cm to be a great fun ski in all soft snow conditions both groomed & ungroomed.  There are even pretty good on hard snow as long as they have a good tune, but wouldn't be my top choice for the ice.  Although I haven't skied a lot on Nordicas, I have had some runs on them.  I also have a lot of friends who ski on Nordica.  FWIW, I think of the Nordica as a heavier, beefier kind of crudbuster that is probably superior to the Mission on hard snow.  If you are looking for a different kind of ride I would say try the Missions.  If you are looking for the old reliable, stick with Nordica.

In the "Pick one ski" thread, I chose the Missions.  I think that choice has a lot to do with where I ski, & the type of skiing I encounter the most.  It is strictly a personal choice for my situation.  If I lived in the east & skied on firm conditions a lot, I may have chosen my Volkl SL's.

JF

The Missions in action:
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Nice skiing!  Is that the ski or the skier?

I have skis and will have skis for the EC hard pack.  I would like something for softer conditions and woods.  Maneuverability is important and ease of handling are important considerations.

I think that the Nordi would be great in EC chop and on trail soft.  It appears to have a nice turning radius for such a beefy ski.  But in tight situations they appear to want to hold an edge like my Top Fuels.  So from the stand point of maneuverability the Mission would probably be better.
post #4 of 8
 I think you should get the Rossi S7.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I see the CX 80 and CS 70.  70 is 124/70/112  r13.9

80 looks very similar to the Top Fuel - maybe even beefier.

What's the s7 like and where can one find it?
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I would like something for softer conditions and woods.  Maneuverability is important and ease of handling are important considerations.
 

That describes my impressions of the Mission to a tee.

The S7 is a big rockered ski, that would shine on big AK lines, not what I would think you would want for eastern soft snow.
JF
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so to update a long dormant thread, has anyone used the mission on the EC?  How soft snow reliant are the? Can the handle a tight tree turning or is there too much side cut?
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Thread Starter 
Grabbed a pair of Missions at 178.  We shall see.
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