Nordica Wildfire (2014)


Rating: 3.25 / 5
Price: $849.00
Year: 2014
Level: 4
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 123
Tip/Tail/Waist: 137-107-123 (@ 169)
Lengths: 161, 169, 177, 185

Stability at speed: 3.51 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.84 / 5
Crud performance: 3.41 / 5
Flotation: 3.58 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.18 / 5
Overall: 3.25 / 5

The new Wildfire is the women's version of the men's Vagabond, sharing the same shape and construction, but with Nordica's lighter-weight, women's-specific wi-Core construction. It's the widest model in the women'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 Wildfire/Vagabond is also the only model in the series in which the waist widths vary from length to length in order to maintain a consistent sidecut radius. The 177 and 185 cm lengths are 107 in the waist; the shorter models are 105 mm. Nordica's All-Mountain collection for women includes five high-performance models, all sold flat (Wildfire, Nemesis, Hell's Belles, Wild Belle, and Belle to Belle), plus three value versions, which are sold with bindings (First Belle, Drive 78 and Elexa) and are built using softer, simpler constructions. The collection covers a broad range of waist widths, from 107 (Wildfire) down to 75 mm (Elexa), 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 a dedicated powder ski, see the Freeski collection's women's-specific La Nina, with its 113-mm waist. For a technical hard-snow carver, see the Frontside Collection's Cinnamon Girl EVO, with its 72-mm waist.) 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 five models are built using Nordica's women's specific Energy CA wi-Core, which has two strips of PU foam to make it even lighter than the men's version. The foam stringers are combined with wood down the middle and over the edges for edge stability and integrity. The top-of-the-line Wildfire 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.