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Icelantic Nomad SFT 181cm Review

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Me:
Age 40
Skiing: 10 Years
5'10", 180lbs
Level: Athletic 7 ish
Icelantic Nomad sft 181cm  140-110-130

It took a long time to get the right conditions here in Southern New England to give this ski a proper workout.

But starting Tuesday afternoon, the snow really came down hard, and since then I've put in 4 full days on this ski in: a nice 10 inches of heavy snow, a deep, very wet and very heavy 24 inches of snow, a funky, crusty and deep night of snow and one (yesterday) soft, spring-like day of skiing.  Prior to this week, I had skied it on firm groomers from time to time, and a few chalky/ chunky ski tree runs, but nothing that the ski was really designed for.

The Review:
General Impressions: First off, as the name implies, this ski is SOFT!  Not quite old pocket Rocket soft, but certainly softer than many similar twin-tips of a similar size.  Also, I mounted these with Marker Griffon's at +1-these skis are impressively light-both over your shoulder and on the snow.  This allows a hacker like me to take more advantage of the 'twin-tip' nature of this skis as spinning around, skiing switch to impress my kids and spinning back (either in the air or on the snow-they feel like big sneakers) is pretty damn easy and fun.  These skis are very lively and not damp at all.

Oh, the waist does measure almost 110mm-about 5mm wider than advertised.

Groomers:  On hard groomers, (which is what New England has had too much of this season-south of Stowe anyway) I found the ski chattery and balky.  It was hard, for me anyway, to get the tip to engage on firmer surfaces and usually in these situations I would weight my uphill/ inside foot ski a lot more through the turn and go with a drifted approach to turning rather that anything that could rightfully be called 'carving'.  This was not wholly unpleasant,  But not as much fun as skiing my Contact 4x4's.

Hard Snow:  Ice conditions, frozen, broken or unconsolidated snow are just no fun at all on this ski.  The lack of dampness sends every bump and jag right up into your ankles and made my feet sore.  There's enough side-cut (20m turn radius) and surface area to get through occasional encounters with rock-like snow, but this is not a tool for such a job (I prefer a damper, stiffer, metal-laden ski for such occasions).

Soft Snow:  This covers everything from an inch on groomers, to broken crud, to crud bumps, to powder bumps, to powder and 'warm snow'.  This ski just flat out shines.  All the chatter and balkiness felt on hard snow completely disappears and they become easy turning (either heavily rotated or tipped and quick carved) in softer conditions. They're very lively feeling and encouraged even a fuddy-duddy skier like myself to load them up and spring off of any/ every terrain undulation I could find.  Their lightness becomes a blessing when you want to re-direct them in a jiffy or just float across the top of sticky crud-bumps.  And the FLOAT-ah the float, I experienced no tip dive and pretty easy maneuverability even in the 24 inches of deep slushy snow we had last Wednesday.  In tight trees they changed direction without a fuss (when emergency maneuvers were called for), carved quicker than I thought they would.  They've been a great ski all week long.

Final Thoughts?  Is it a potential One ski quiver??-no way, not in the east anyway.  Even up in northern Vermont there are too many 'firm snow days (and firm mogul runs) to make this an everyday ski.  Maybe in western resorts where even groomers are generally soft (places like Steamboat, for instance) I could see these as a 90% time ski, but not at most places.

But in any kind of soft snow, they are fun, lively, very easy to turn.  They are both playful but capable of reasonable 'macho speed' skiing.  They're a perfect compliment to my Contact 4x4's.  They'd make a wonderful AT ski due to weight and range of use off-piste.

Oh, and they're hot looking skis-people stop me all the time (especially people under the age of 20!) and comment on how cool they look.  I know that's a peripheral concern for most folks, but I like having fun-looking skis.

Anyway-looking for a lively, fun, light twin-tip for soft snow or spring-conditions use??  These are a great ski.  Looking for a fat 1 ski quiver in the east??  Look elsewhere-Even at Jay...I'm not sure this would fit the bill. 

Hope that helps-this is a quality soft-snow ski.
Edited by Liam - 3/12/10 at 9:05am
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 You review is spot on but I thought these things killed it on groomers!! IMO you have to be 100 percent outside ski and commit to make them work though......not anything on the inside edge.
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

 You review is spot on but I thought these things killed it on groomers!! IMO you have to be 100 percent outside ski and commit to make them work though......not anything on the inside edge.

Fair enough-but you're a pretty ripping skier-a few good steps ahead of me--for folks at my level, I just didn't find them that stable and rippin' on harder surfaces--also consider, the groomers and firm snow condition where I ski most often are harder (in terms of actual feel and not in terms of difficulty) than the average groomer day at snowier, colder Stowe (and the rest of Northern, VT).

I'll be up that way this week (Jay, MRG, and Stowe) It'll give me a chance to re-assess the Nomads (though, groomers won't really be on the menu )
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They are great rippers on anything but hard snow, firm scratchy crap, if there's any kind of softness to it, game on!  Liam, very glad you liked them, sounds you like them almost as much as I do .  I am glad you got them into some deeper stuff. I was suprised how well they floated as still remained so quick in the trees. 

Actual dims 146-111-136

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Fair enough-but you're a pretty ripping skier-a few good steps ahead of me--for folks at my level, I just didn't find them that stable and rippin' on harder surfaces--also consider, the groomers and firm snow condition where I ski most often are harder (in terms of actual feel and not in terms of difficulty) than the average groomer day at snowier, colder Stowe (and the rest of Northern, VT).

I'll be up that way this week (Jay, MRG, and Stowe) It'll give me a chance to re-assess the Nomads (though, groomers won't really be on the menu )
 

fair enough we get scarpy groomers here as well.

but if you up this way PM me and on thursday or friday I can ski with ya.
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Just a quick update: Since Sunday we've had an ample amount of Spring soft skiing specifically-bumps and honest to goodness corn.  EACH mid afternoon when the the surfaces were nearing the slush breaking point I switched to the nomads-I can honestly say that these skis extended the day for me and bumped up the fun factor over my carvers.

FWIW-they are a joy to spins in slushy surfaces (I've been working on this)-I pulled off 10 consecutive rotations on a pretty warm, slushy slope (until I fell over from dizziness!  I just can't spin like the kids!).  Capable and Fun in soft snow-that's what these skis are about!
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Told ya' so! 
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