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Ski Review: Nordica Dobermann Spitfire

Of course, Nordica is primarily known for its ski boots, and it is the boots that skiers associate with this brand. But Nordica's skis, although very specific, but more than decent. They are not many in the line, but they are all quite working and understandable. In the 19-20 season, the line of cross-country skiing was significantly updated, although the changes are not obvious and immediately not noticeable, and it makes sense to figure out what's new and how to understand new skis in general. Let's go figure it out.

So, outwardly, everything remained about the same as it was before. At a minimum, I just saw the old line of cross-country skis from Nordica in the same way: several models with not obvious differences and not quite clear destination with traditional letters in the name. But, the first thing that catches your eye - there are fewer models. In the new line, there are no dubious models with carbon and other unnatural distortions and the line seems much more compact and simpler.

That is, only three variations: Spitfire RB with three waist widths, PRO and Ti. And that’s all. If you recall last year’s lineup, you’ll understand immediately. Nordic representatives say that these are not the same skis as last year, but completely new ones and that they are technologically completely changed and are not a continuation of old skis, but made from scratch. Although, how many times has it been said that way and literally last year the same thing was said. But, there is nothing left for us except to either believe or test on the tests. Technologically, all models have a sidewall, all with a tree inside and everyone has a new carbon sock. The fasteners remained unchanged from last year - Markers on rails with a corrugated middle for better deflection. Nominally, we have the following:

Spitfire RB 72, 76, 80 - three identical skis differing only in waist width and, therefore, in purpose. 72 for hard and icy tracks on which there is no problem with cross-country ability, but there are obvious problems with grip. On the other hand, the extreme 80 for soft and broken tracks characteristic of mountain resorts with low altitude. Middle 76 it is the middle - skiing for seasonal skiing in the mountains where the snow is neither soft nor hard and, more likely, there is one and the other. But, characteristic of all the group's skis, that they are all perfect for tourist amateur skiing. That is, when creating them, they were made with a focus on long comfortable riding, and not on sports dynamics and aggression.

The PRO and TI models, on the contrary, are similar in geometry and differ by a couple of millimetres in the width of the waist, and you don’t want to distinguish them in width, and they have different composition: PRO - without a titan only on a wooden core, Ti - with a double titan. Otherwise, both in radius and in ski mounts are similar.The PRO and TI models, on the contrary, are similar in geometry and differ by a couple of millimetres in the width of the waist, and you don’t want to distinguish them in width, and they have different composition: PRO - without a titan only on a wooden core, Ti - with a double titan. Otherwise, both in radius and in ski mounts are similar.

According to the rhythm of riding, all five models of the series do not fall into the category of short-range ones. Variability in the rhythm of riding is only due to amplifiers: harder skis will be faster, softer skis will be more manoeuvrable. On the cross, even from a model with a waist of 80, you should not expect anything heroic because not only the waist determines the cross. In this case, this is completely cross-country skiing, and not generalists.

In theory, I see nothing new and super-interesting on the line, except, perhaps, that the line has become more compact and simpler. Somehow she seems more friendly and obvious by purpose. How they will behave in skating and how new they will be in skating can be checked only in skating in real tests on the snow, which we will do in the tests without delaying the results.

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