Nordica Hell and Back Skis

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Nordica Hell and Back

Nordica Hell and Back Skis    Photo: Courtesy of Nordica

THE SELL: Built for those who hike for turns, explore sidecountry, and ski all-out on-trail. THE TEST: “Wow,” wrote one of our bigger skiers. “Soft-flexing, but in a good way. Really fun on groomers.” Built with an ultralight but stiff wood (see right) that cuts the ski’s weight by 20 percent, the Hell and Back is lighter than it appears, and thanks to an early-rise tip it’s just loose enough to pivot and slough around. Some of our smaller testers found it tough to handle when they got lazy, but the big guys really took to it. “It’s a crud destroyer,” wrote one. THE VERDICT: Buy it if you’re big and powerful or just like to get after it with seasoned race skills. 135/98/125

Overall: 4
 Carving: 4
Float: 4



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