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Nordica GT 80 Ti EVO (2017)

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Nordica GT 80 Ti EVO

Rating: 2.87 / 5
Price: $999.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 80
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130-80-110
Lengths: 156, 162, 168, 174, 180

Stability at speed: 3.36 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.09 / 5
Crud performance: 2.41 / 5
Flotation: 2.06 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.10 / 5
Overall: 2.87 / 5

The GT 80 caused dis- sension. Some testers admired its versatility, thanks to its wide-ish, soft-snow-friendly waist. Others wanted more excitement from its flat- snow carving game. No one thought it was too much ski. It’s reinforced with a metal latticework that resists twisting without the weight of full sheets. It’s easy in and out of the turn, with a for- giving tail shape. Gleason: “Easygoing, predictable. Adjusts speed and varies turns easily.” 

Notes: The Nordica GT 80 Ti EVO, new for 2017, is a slight step down in both waist width and price from the top-end GT 84. But it's identically constructed and similarly targeted at advanced- and expert-level carvaholics who want a narrow-waisted scalpel for carving up groomers at speed. Like the top model, it features the Dual version of Nordica's Torsion Bridge Ti laminates: There are two sheets of metal in the GTs (rather than one, as in the wider-waisted NRGY series skis). They're full-width, above and below the core, but Nordica lightens them up by removing portions in a strategic pattern: solid underfoot, for reassuring edge power and high-speed stability, but latticed fore and aft, for low swing weight and edgy-but-not-too-edgy torsional rigidity. (In other words: metal where you need it, not where you don't.) And as with the top model, carbon-fiber reinforcement further helps to keep weight down and performance high, while a touch of tip rocker makes turn entries less abrupt and helps for drifting and feathering turns at high speeds. 

Nordica's new GT series, which replaces its Firearrow collection, is a six-model collection of narrow-waisted hard-snow carvers aimed at skiers who expect to spend most of their time on groomed runs-or want a narrow ski in the quiver for groomer-day fun between storms. The GTs are designed and sold as systems, with sturdy 12-DIN bindings on the top three models and lighter, more affordable 10-DINs on the lower three models. Waist widths range from 84 mm at the top end down to 75 mm. Target ability and level of performance decrease correspondingly-fatter skis for the experts, narrower and less expensive ones for intermediates and novices. Constructions vary accordingly, from strong and edgy at the top end (GT 84 Ti and GT 80 Ti) to light and soft at the bottom (GT 78, GT 75). 

The Nordica GT 80 Ti EVO, new for 2017, is a slight step down in both waist width and price from the top-end GT 84. But it's identically constructed and similarly targeted at advanced- and expert-level carvaholics who want a narrow-waisted scalpel for carving up groomers at speed. Like the top model, it features the Dual version of Nordica's Torsion Bridge Ti laminates: There are two sheets of metal in the GTs (rather than one, as in the wider-waisted NRGY series skis). They're full-width, above and below the core, but Nordica lightens them up by removing portions in a strategic pattern: solid underfoot, for reassuring edge power and high-speed stability, but latticed fore and aft, for low swing weight and edgy-but-not-too-edgy torsional rigidity. (In other words: metal where you need it, not where you don't.) And as with the top model, carbon-fiber reinforcement further helps to keep weight down and performance high, while a touch of tip rocker makes turn entries less abrupt and helps for drifting and feathering turns at high speeds. 

Nordica's new GT series, which replaces its Firearrow collection, is a six-model collection of narrow-waisted hard-snow carvers aimed at skiers who expect to spend most of their time on groomed runs-or want a narrow ski in the quiver for groomer-day fun between storms. The GTs are designed and sold as systems, with sturdy 12-DIN bindings on the top three models and lighter, more affordable 10-DINs on the lower three models. Waist widths range from 84 mm at the top end down to 75 mm. Target ability and level of performance decrease correspondingly-fatter skis for the experts, narrower and less expensive ones for intermediates and novices. Constructions vary accordingly, from strong and edgy at the top end (GT 84 Ti and GT 80 Ti) to light and soft at the bottom (GT 78, GT 75). 

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