Nordica Patron Ski Test Results 2016 Review

September 16, 2015
Nordica Patron Ski Test Results 2016
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
89
Responsiveness
8
Stability
10
Float
8
Firm Snow Survival
8
Forgiveness
7
Value
8

The Good

  • Fun at all speeds--but especially at high speeds
  • Easy to control in a turn
  • High marks for stability
  • Playful
  • Great for skiers who like to drive

The Bad

  • Not as forgiving
  • One of two narrowest skis in the category
  • May be more of an all-mountain powder ski than a surf ski
THE VERDICT

The Patron is a flat out ripper that handles all condiitons with an equal measure of playfulness and control. If you want to absolutely destroy off-piste conditions, you may want to consider the Patron's stiffer sibling, the stiffer Helldorado.

FULL REVIEW

Powder CamRock, Nordica’s proprietary mix of camber and rocker, along with a true twin tip design, make Nordica’s Nordica’s Patron awesomely easy to initiate in all conditions, especially powder. Two sheets of carbon, a full woodcore and ABS sidewalls mean it is also super stable, but without sacrificing its playfulness and responsiveness anywhere you take it on the hill. This ski excels at high speeds and is one of the great all-around contenders in any off-piste snow test, the Patron is one of those skis that continues to deliver above average performance from year-to-year.

With a 113mm waist width, the Patron was one of the narrowest skis in the Powder Freaks category, and may have been slightly out-muscled by some of the wider skis. As a lift-serve powder ski, or a full-on off-piste ride, it’s hard to go wrong with the Patron.

 


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