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Nordica Santa Ana 100 (2017)

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Nordica Santa Ana 100

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Rating: 3.57 / 5
Price: $799.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 100
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-100-119
Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 177

Stability at speed: 3.79 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.66 / 5
Crud performance: 4.04 / 5
Flotation: 3.39 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.51 / 5
Overall: 3.57 / 5

It’s like Nordica can’t miss these days. All eight of the skis it entered in the test made the cut; only one failed to make the top four in its category. The Santa Anas (100 and 93) are the women’s versions of the category-killing Enforcers—same shape but lighter-weight wood in the core and carbon-fiber reinforcement instead of metal. And while the women aren’t quite as gaga about theirs as the men, they found plenty to admire. For a ski of its width, they said, it’s remarkably quick, easy to toss around. It’s excellent in chopped-up crud, bringing a buoyant, surfy playfulness to the task rather than a plow-through-anything style. Cunningham: “So fun, so balanced and versatile and high-performing. Incredible versatil- ity, from bumps and crud to groomers and back.”

The original Santa Ana, with its 100-mm waist, returns unchanged for 2017. It's now the middle width in the Freeski collection, since the addition of the narrower (93-mm) Santa Ana 93 this year. Quicker and edgier than the full-fat La Nina, it's designed to be plenty wide for all but the deepest days yet happy to make due with everyday softpack conditions at Western resorts. 

Nordica's Women's Freeski collection now includes three models of wide-waisted soft-snow freeriders, with waist widths of 113, 100 and 93 mm. Nordica added the Santa Ana 93 this year. All are built for loose, smeary performance in soft snow and powder, with tapered tips and tails and rocker profiles varying by width (more in the 133-mm La Nina; less in the two Santa Anas). All are built on wood cores for durability and responsiveness. All are sold flat (no binding). 

Notes: The original Santa Ana, with its 100-mm waist, returns unchanged for 2017. It's now the middle width in the Freeski collection, since the addition of the narrower (93-mm) Santa Ana 93 this year. Quicker and edgier than the full-fat La Nina, it's designed to be plenty wide for all but the deepest days yet happy to make due with everyday softpack conditions at Western resorts. 

Nordica's Women's Freeski collection now includes three models of wide-waisted soft-snow freeriders, with waist widths of 113, 100 and 93 mm. Nordica added the Santa Ana 93 this year. All are built for loose, smeary performance in soft snow and powder, with tapered tips and tails and rocker profiles varying by width (more in the 133-mm La Nina; less in the two Santa Anas). All are built on wood cores for durability and responsiveness. All are sold flat (no binding). 

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