Nordica El Capo (2013/2014) Review

August 31, 2013
Nordica El Capo (2013/2014)
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Float
5
Sluff-ability
7
Hard Snow Performance
8
Stability
10
Forgiveness
8
Value
8

The Good

  • Great edgehold
  • Versatile
  • Super stability
  • Responsive swingweight

The Bad

  • Mid-range scores for float
  • You may want to size up a length
THE VERDICT

A very fun ski all around, El Capo is a great pick for advanced skiers who want all-terrain options.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A big mountain ski for advanced to expert skiers who prefer to ski at higher rates of speed in primarily off-piste conditions.

FULL REVIEW

One of the top four skis in the big mountain test, Nordica’s El Capo has great edghold and wonderful swingweight, making it easy to set an arc and ride it in all conditions. At least one tester said this was the “hardest charging ski” he tested, while another said “it hammers steeps, bumps and big lines.” It’s also stable and versatile, with a responsiveness that makes it a pleasure to ski just about any line you pick.

A lack of float kept El Capo from hitting the top of this test, as it dove a bit in powder even while performing admirably in the crud. Several of the plankier skis in this test were more confident at high speeds, although they could not match this ski’s all-mountain abilities. A very fun ski all around, El Capo is a great pick for advanced skiers who want all-terrain options.

 


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MSRP
$799.00
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