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Ski test: Nordica Dobermann GSR RB EVO

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Doberman GRS RB EVO is a ski for giant slalom, but it is spring right now so our team of testers wounded up not in giant-slalom conditions. Still, many skiers who found themselves on slushy spring snow don't want to quit. Let's see what kind of skiing can we get if we don't quit with this ski model.


The ski has its own mode and tempo in which it works perfectly. This mode is somewhere from 18 to 20 meters in radius. In this radii range, the ski smoothens all irregularities of the slope and behaves very stably. You easily can rely on it. I wanted to accelerate on this skis. At higher tempos, the ski is dynamic and fun. Everything is perfect until you go a bit slower.

If at the increased speed the ski works well, with reduction of the speed some problems occur. In smaller turns, skis do not want to go in a curve and shift to cross slip. In the cross slip, they behave decently in terms of grip and comfort, but not in the best manner - you feel all bumps and sometimes the ski fails to grasp the slope. Without speed, there is no dynamics and no proper feedback.

The ski is quite stiff. The stiffness matches geometry, but geometry and stiffness are not intended for slow skiing. Skis forces to accelerate, but ready to work at the speed, and to give dynamics and impact. It is not skiing for the classic and they work in big and fast turns. Quality of the slope is not important, skis work well in all conditions. Beyond its rtempo they can come off the trajectory on the ice. Not critical, but not nice.

Short turn
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long turn:
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Edge grip
Stability / turn radius 8 / 20 m
Dynamics and impact / turn radius 7 / 20 м.
Turn radius range 18 - 22 м.
Controllability
Skiing comfort
Favorite slope 5 - 9
Overall ranking

Averages ski estimates all tested on a 10-point scale: 0 - the lowest evaluation (bad), 10 - the maximum score (good).
"Turn radius range" - the turning radius in which skis showed best results (determined by the tester, not by the skis specification).
"Skiing comfort" - dependence on the quality of the slope. 0 - ski dependent from it, 10 - completely independent of the quality of it and goes on slope of any level of preparation.
"Favorite slope" - range of the slope hardness on which the ski works well: 0 - soft slush, 10 - the hard frosty slope.

Skis are ideal as a piece of sport equipment for amateur competitions, but with the exact selection of turning radius for the rhythm of a track - choose length and radius. For training, this is not the best solution because it will be driven into your pace and allow it to relax. For the average tourist skating ski is not an option at all.

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