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Nordica Patron (2017)

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Nordica Patron

Rating: 3.40 / 5
Price: $849.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 113
Tip/Tail/Waist: 143.2-113-135.1
Lengths: 177, 185, 193

Stability at speed: 3.58 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.76 / 5
Crud performance: 3.69 / 5
Flotation: 3.41 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.31 / 5
Overall: 3.40 / 5

The blunt, low tip looks badass. And it seems to be the secret to the way the perennial champ Patron slices through rough stuff without a hint of tip flap or deflection. That and a strong, edgy construction give it the high-speed directional stability that hard-chargers will love, testers said. But the Patron likes to party too, and it’ll surprise you with its quickness and ease. Testers warn it doesn’t have quite the surfy flotation of oth- ers in the category, but they admired its blend of power and ease and gave it the top Overall Impression score in the category. Casey: “Smooth and stable in powder and crud. Rewards strong skiing but will tolerate the less skilled. Even flex throughout is really reassuring.” 

The 2017 Nordica Patron, which returns unchanged, is the widest ski Nordica (113 mm waist width) and the top model in its Freeski collection. A powder ski at heart, it's wide and surfy enough for deep snow, but it's not so wide that it's planky on softpack, and its edgy construction fares well in crud. It gets Nordica's most pronounced rocker profile, for powder buoyancy, but its distinctive tip, low and blunt, helps to keep its tip flap-free at high speeds in broken snow. (The Patron tip shape has now been applied to the narrower Enforcer freeriders.)  

Nordica's Freeski series includes six men's models of wide and midfat freeriders, with waist widths of 113 mm (Patron), 100 mm (Enforcer), 97 mm (Soul Rider), 93 mm  (Enforcer 93), 87 mm (Soul Rider 87), and 84 (the park-specific Bad Mind). The Helldorado, a metal-reinforced version of the full-fat Patron, was dropped from the collection this year, and two midfats were added: the Enforcer 93 and the Soul Rider 87. The top models are all proven tester favorites, and there's nothing gimmicky about the way they're made. All Nordica Freeski series models are classic laminate constructions with poplar/beech wood cores for durability and responsiveness, full-height/full-length sidewalls for powerful edge grip, and task-appropriate reinforcement (two sheets of metal in the Enforcers, for high-speed calm and edge grip; glass and carbon weaves in the rest, to keep them light and lively). All are twin-tips or slight-twins, with varying amounts of rocker for soft snow flotation and shock absorption, with camber through the midbody for edge grip and rebound energy. The Patron and the two Enforcers are powerful directional freeriders with medium-long sidecut radii (15.5 to 21 meters). The Soulriders are softer flexing, with tighter sidecuts and a more freestyle, bi-directional performance. The Badmind is a park and pipe model. All Freeski series models are sold flat (no binding). 

Notes: The 2017 Nordica Patron, which returns unchanged, is the widest ski Nordica (113 mm waist width) and the top model in its Freeski collection. A powder ski at heart, it's wide and surfy enough for deep snow, but it's not so wide that it's planky on softpack, and its edgy construction fares well in crud. It gets Nordica's most pronounced rocker profile, for powder buoyancy, but its distinctive tip, low and blunt, helps to keep its tip flap-free at high speeds in broken snow. (The Patron tip shape has now been applied to the narrower Enforcer freeriders.)  

Nordica's Freeski series includes six men's models of wide and midfat freeriders, with waist widths of 113 mm (Patron), 100 mm (Enforcer), 97 mm (Soul Rider), 93 mm  (Enforcer 93), 87 mm (Soul Rider 87), and 84 (the park-specific Bad Mind). The Helldorado, a metal-reinforced version of the full-fat Patron, was dropped from the collection this year, and two midfats were added: the Enforcer 93 and the Soul Rider 87. The top models are all proven tester favorites, and there's nothing gimmicky about the way they're made. All Nordica Freeski series models are classic laminate constructions with poplar/beech wood cores for durability and responsiveness, full-height/full-length sidewalls for powerful edge grip, and task-appropriate reinforcement (two sheets of metal in the Enforcers, for high-speed calm and edge grip; glass and carbon weaves in the rest, to keep them light and lively). All are twin-tips or slight-twins, with varying amounts of rocker for soft snow flotation and shock absorption, with camber through the midbody for edge grip and rebound energy. The Patron and the two Enforcers are powerful directional freeriders with medium-long sidecut radii (15.5 to 21 meters). The Soulriders are softer flexing, with tighter sidecuts and a more freestyle, bi-directional performance. The Badmind is a park and pipe model. All Freeski series models are sold flat (no binding). 

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