Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous CA (2010) - Ski Mag

Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous CA (2010)

Category: Men's Cruiser; Category ranking: No. 1; Average score: 3.51; Balance of skills: 3.59; Best For: All-day comfort with exacting performance; Not For: Frozen corduroy or blue East Coast ice
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Rating: / 5
Price: $1180.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 121/78/105

Stability at speed: 3.69 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.51 / 5
Crud performance: 3.49 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.38 / 5

The tester favorite earns praise for its balance of performance attributes. Carbon-reinforced laminates give it outstanding quickness, and it’s eminently calm at high speeds. In fact, testers preferred the CA to the metal-reinforced and more expensive Nitrous TI ($1,249), which medaled here two years ago. With a wide, stable platform and a broad tip that dives obediently into arcs, it’s a natural carver with excellent soft-snow skills. “Makes you feel like a better skier,” said Hogen.


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