Conquer Hell and live to tell about it with the Nordica Hell & Back Skis. High Rise rocker profile gives you great lift in pow while keeping your turns crisp and clean on compact snow. Whether it's a Hellishly steep chute in the backcountry or a 100% skied out day under the lifts, the Hell & Back skis are sure to take you through the sketchiest terrain and give you the best stories to tell at the bar later that night.
Early Rise Increased flotation, velocity and maneuverability in soft snow due to the contact point of the tip of the ski being moved back roughly 25%
Medium Provides float and rides "fast" while still providing enough flex to allow for fast and precise turns
I-Core A specifically designed, very lightweight wood core for easier hiking without sacrificing on snow performance
SW CA laminate
ABS Sidewall Helps dampen hard landings while decreasing vibration fatigue
UHMW sintered graphite Electra Gallium base
Pre-cut climbing skins available separately
Bindings not included
We recommend a brake width equal to or at most 15 mm wider than the ski waist width.
|Tip Width (mm)||135||135||135|
|Waist Width (mm)||98||98||98|
|Tail Width (mm)||125||125||125|
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Comments about Nordica Hell & Back Skis 2013:
I'm 5'10", 190#s, 29yrs; have skied the 177cm Hell & Backs 4 days on these skis in Utah. These skis are the best all around ski I've ever ridden hands down. I rode the entire 2013 Salomon fleet at a demo day in AK last year and the Shoguns are the only thing that somewhat compare. The Hell & Back is lighter, more stable, and more agile than the Shoguns.
These skis carve great on groomers, make crud seem nonexistant, float powder well, and are very quick in moguls. My knees love the light weight of these skis on the lift and when jump turning tight trees.
I can't say enough good about these skis, the stability and ease of carving on groomers makes them a fun ride back to the lift. At the end of the day they cut the crud like a heavy weighted stiff ski. If moguls are your main focus they're better skis available; however if you want something that allows you to hit the expert terrain and then run a few mogul runs before cruising the groomer back to the lift then these are the skis for you.
The 177 length feels much like my 165cm Salomon Scream 10 Pilot Hots.
Con - not a big deal to me, but the rear tip could be turned up a bit more. I wouldn't recommend riding switch outside of fresh groomed trails.