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Waist Width: 125
Tip/Tail/Waist: 137-107-125 (@ 177)
Lengths: 169, 177, 185, 193
The new Vagabond is the widest model in Nordica's All-Mountain collection and the only one with both tip and tail rocker. Tapering of the tail is designed to further enhance its soft-snow and powder performance, by giving the tail a looser feel at the end of the turn. The Vagabond is also the only model in the series on which the waist widths vary from length to length in order to maintain a consistent sidecut radius. Nordica's men's All-Mountain collection includes four high-performance models, all sold flat (Vagabond, Hell & Back, Steadfast, and Burner), plus two value versions available with bindings (Avenger 82 and Avenger 75). They cover a broad range of waist widths, from 109 (Vagabond) down to 75 mm (Avenger), and ability levels, ranging in price from $849 down to $449 MSRP. All are intended for all-mountain utility and all-conditions versatility for mainstream resort skiers. (For hard-snow carving specialists, see the Fire Arrow collection; for soft-snow surfers, see the Freeski collection - Bushy Wayne, Helldorado, Patron, El Capo.) All of the All-Mountain models are vertical-sidewall, fiberglass-reinforced laminate constructions, which Nordica deems the most trusted and proven way to build skis. The top three models are built on Nordica's Energy CA I-Core, which has a strip of PU foam down the middle to save weight, and wood on either side for edge stability and integrity. The top-of-the-line Vagabond is rockered in both the tip and tail, for maximum maneuverability in deep snow. All other models are rockered in the tip only, for enhanced flotation in soft snow and terrain-smoothing shock absorption. Nordica offers pre-cut climbing skins to fit the top models.