Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 4.10 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.60 / 5
Crud performance: 3.87 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.70 / 5
Pro Of all the Hot Rods—a collection built for race-like performance on wider waists—the Modified is not only one of the narrowest, it’s the most playful. High-speed arcing remains its primary talent, but its comparative quickness takes to powder more readily than most Cruisers. It employs the same construction as the Top Fuel, with a metal-reinforced wood core that earns high marks for Long Turns and Stability at Speed. As with the Olympia Victory, Nordica’s XBS binding interface adds an element of forgiveness that doesn’t care if you don’t ski from an exactly centered stance. It skids off speed readily, and obediently makes any radius turn. "No wandering parts," said Shaw. "The whole ski knows what it’s doing." Con Powder and crud, yes. Moguls, no.