Nordica Wild Belle (2016)

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Rating: 2.54 / 5
Price: $699.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124-88-108
Lengths: 145,153,161,169,177

Stability at speed: 3.29 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.54 / 5
Crud performance: 2.48 / 5
Flotation: 2.25 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.19 / 5
Overall: 2.54 / 5

The Wild Belle is the second-widest ski in Nordica's All Mountain Women's series, with a 124 mm tip, 88 mm waist, and 108 mm tail. While it's intended to ski all over the mountain, these dimensions make it more powder-focused than other skis in the series. This focus also comes from its All Mountain camROCK technology, which lifts the tip and tail up and off the ground, designed for floatation in powder and extra maneuverability. Balsa Core CA is also constructed with thin balsa wood stringers (strips of wood) in place of heavier metals found in other skis, and a carbon layer is integrated as well, designed lighten the load and make the ski easier to rip around the mountain. For something similar but wider, check out the Nemesis. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Belle to Belle. The All Mountain Women's series focuses on skis intended to rip any terrain, whether it's powder, groomers, or wherever else you want to ski. The six models within the series have waists ranging from 75 - 98 mm and radii ranging from 10.5 to 20 m depending on length. If you like to ski a little bit of everything, this is one of Nordica's best women's series for you. Nordica, based in Giavera del Montello, Italy, was founded in 1939. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.