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Nordica Olympia Conquer XBi (2009)

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Nordica Olympia Conquer XBI

Rating: / 5
Price: $1165.00
Year: 2009
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126/84/112
Lengths:

Stability at speed: 3.76 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.66 / 5
Crud performance: 2.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.41 / 5

When multiple test cards come back with "butter" as the operative metaphor, you know you've got a smooth ride. The Conquer's back this year with a new construction and upgraded binding, improving rebound and edge control. The result is one of the most versatile powder skis out there: It'll float through the fluff and then crank clean, tight turns on cord, past other wide rides skidding back to the lift. Thackeray said, "I'd love this for an all-around ski."

Best For

All-mountain versatility

Not For

Deep Wasatch days: Its waist is narrow.

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One would expect a hard-snow ski with a waist width of 84 mm to be the most versatile in the category (No. 1 in Flotation, Stability and Crud Performance). But what surprised us was that it still managed a No. 2 ranking in Quickness edge-to-edge. The Conquer is everything for everyone. It’s solid and predictable yet humming with energy; smooth and powerful yet—with a 20-percent lighter wood core than last year’s model—surprisingly easy to ski. Simply put, it’s fast, and it’s a blast. “The Conquer will never give up on you,” said Moscarella. “It continues to provide tenacious grip no matter what you throw at it.”