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The Best Women’s Value Skis of 2022: Nordica Wild Belle 78 CA

Designed primarily for the frontside, the Wild Belle 78 CA will impress intermediates and advanced skiers alike.

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Brand: Nordica

Model: Wild Belle 78 CA

Overall Ranking: #2

Overall Score: 3.49 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

127-78-106

Lengths (cm)

138, 144, 150, 156, 162, 168

Radius (m)

13.7 (162cm length)

Waist Width (mm)

78

Gender

Women's

Level

Intermediate

Symmetrical

Yes

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Wood

Stability at Speed

3.63 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.19 / 5

Playfulness

3.81 / 5

Forgiveness

4.31 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.69 / 5

Crud Performance

2.44 / 5

Binding Included

Yes

Flotation

1.63 / 5

2022 Nordica Wild Belle 78 CA

The middle child of Nordica’s revamped Wild Belle line, the Wild Belle 78 CA isn’t just a more affordable, dumbed down version of a Nordica ski—it’s a women’s specific all-mountain ski that legitimately performs. It just happens to be more affordable thanks to an all-wood core that doesn’t rely on fancy metals.

You wouldn’t guess that the Wild Belle 78 CA doesn’t have metal in it by the way it performs on hardpack. As tester Stephanie Humes put it: “Does this ski know it’s a value ski? Because it skis up there with the best of them. It’s smeary, carvy, and offers nice versatility when it comes to how you can ski it.”

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Because the Wild Belle 78 CA only features minimal tip and tail rocker, with 85 percent traditional camber, this ski has a long effective edge that makes the ski sturdy and dependable on edge and at speed. The ski’s On-Piste rocker isn’t great for skiing powder or crud, but since the ski only has a 78-mm waist, it’s not really designed for those conditions anyway.

Instead, this ski is primarily designed for frontside skiing, where it will impress intermediates and advanced skiers alike with its versatility. Short turns, long turns, carved turns, smeared turns—the Nordica Wild Belle 78 CA will do it all, and it won’t even make you work for it. Testers ranked this ski No. 1 in Forgiveness because it’s so user-friendly.

“Oh my goodness, this ski is a blast,” comments tester Courtney Harkins. “It’s so nimble and simple to ski. It would be the absolute best ski for a beginner/intermediate skier who loves groomers. Pros and experts would probably overpower it.”

Other testers agreed that the Wild Belle 78 CA just makes skiing frontside conditions fun, and would be a great teaching tool for intermediates looking to step up their carving game.

“This ski still has a solid platform but it’s not as pronounced as the other, bigger Nordica skis,” notes tester Katie Ryan. “It’s much quicker and the turning radius is prescribed, making it maneuverable and a great intro carving ski.”

  • Value Score: 6.97/10
  • Strengths: Forgiveness (1st in category), Hard-Snow Integrity (1st)
  • Weaknesses: Crud Performance (3rd), Flotation (3rd)

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