Nordica Olympia Speed (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $775.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 116/70/102
Lengths: 154, 162, 170, 178

Stability at speed: 4.10 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.00 / 5
Crud performance: 4.06 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.75 / 5

Pro This women-specific version of the Mach 3 shares a similarly speed-greedy mindset, but two differences give it elements of forgiveness. One: The XBS interface, which distributes fore-aft pressure evenly, isn’t integrated, so it’s less precise. Two: The metal is replaced with strong, lightweight carbon weave, which explains the category-leading Rebound Energy scores. And what it gives up in edge-grip on the hardest snow it makes up for with agility and a greater willingness to venture off the corduroy. All in all, it’s a thrilling blend of talents. Testers warn that it doesn’t suffer neophytes gladly, but if you know how to put a ski on edge and apply pressure, it’ll apply a grin to your face. "A very versatile ski," said MacConnell. "Energetic yet balanced." Con Speed lovers might want more edge-grip on icy snow.