Nordica Hell and Back (2013/2014) Review

August 30, 2013
Nordica Hell and Back (2013/2014)
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Responsiveness
7
Resort Float
5
Carving
8
Stability
10
Forgiveness
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Stability
  • Turn initiation
  • Versatility
  • Edgehold

The Bad

  • Float
  • Forgiveness
THE VERDICT

The Hell & Back is a versatile ski with fantastic edgehold that makes a confident mid-radius turn no matter where you take it.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A ski for lift-served skiers who want to ski all conditions and terrain, including groomed, moguls packed powder and fresh snow.

FULL REVIEW

Nordica’s Hell & Back was a test favorite for its stability, versatility, easy turn initiation and edgehold. It handled on and off-piste equally well, preferring a mid-radius turn in all conditions. One tester proclaimed, “It slaughters groomers and is capable wherever you take it.”

The two areas where the ski lost points were in its overall forgiveness-it did not like getting pushed into short turns-and its lack of float when the snow got choppy or deep. It prefers to arc through mixed snow, rather than stay on top of it. Definitely a great ski for owning the lift-serve with a little tour now and then, and best for accomplished skiers who want to make a confident gs style turn no matter what the terrain.

 


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MSRP
$799.00
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