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Ski Test: Nordica GT 80 Ti

Today, the tests are not the best and most successful conditions for testing universal wagons: hard and icy snow for which it’s not easy to cling to carves, but there is something to knock at the breakdowns - a frozen velveteen that has risen with a stake. Well, whatever they may be, but these are absolutely real conditions in which every owner of a station wagon can get into skiing. Let's check the station wagons from Nordica that they can show.

Each large and serious skiing company has its own style: Volkl all skis go like great carvies, Fischer all skis go like skis for a giant, Salomon some time ago, all skis went in a new school style, and Nordika all skis ride like a tram on rails. In principle, even before the start of testing, if I knew that it was Nordic’s skiing, then I wouldn’t worry a bit about grabbing on a hard track - so what, but with rail skating, with a cut arc and grasp, Nordika’s everything is very very well. With everything else, not really, but with rail skating everything is fine.

Well, for starters, it’s worth noting that all the good things that were in them before: grip and rail - remained in them in full. Their radius, in cutting, is in which they easily enter and in which they ride stably without much attention from the skier cannot be called a beginner, but he does not go beyond the comfort of cruise skiing - 14-16 meters. This is not a relaxed rhythm and to ride in such a rhythm you must be a fairly experienced skier. Moreover, the variability in the rhythm of skiing in a cut turn in skis is not high. They go to a larger radius easily and for this they simply need to be released a bit and the edging angle should be reduced by taking your legs under you, but it’s more difficult to put them into a smaller radius and you have to work. The good thing in this case is that the noses are quite tenacious and at the entrance to the turn you can safely fall on them to deflect the skis and the skis are kept in the trajectory even on a hard track. On soft snow, a short turn due to abutment of the ski in the snow and confident deflection is much easier to get. When squeezing or abruptly changing the radius of the ski, like many wagons, fall off the path and go into side slippage.

In ski slippage, nothing particularly heroic is shown. But, definitely, I want to note that they, in comparison with the counterparts of previous seasons from Nordika, have become much more pleasant and comfortable. When disrupting the trajectory and just rolling with a sliding turn, they don’t tire their legs, they don’t collect all the bumps with blows that have to be worked out, but they try to cushion something and somehow, and they get a lot.

The toe is elastic and comfortable. It flexes flexibly into a bend, works out the relief very smoothly and gives control. Slippage is soft without a “washboard”. The transition to the middle is smooth without loss of stability and without jerking, but the middle is already less comfortable and less interesting, albeit tenacious. The backdrop is tenacious and tough, but the only thing that is interesting and useful in it is that you can fall on it at the end of the turn without fear of failure - it will carefully return to the front desk. There is no return in it, and to bend it does not make any sense as to work to close the arc. But, there is something in it that allows you to control the speed at the end of the arc by reducing the radius.

Relative to the total abundance of universal wagons, skiing in total is neither hard nor soft and not harsh and not comfortable - average. Rather, good than bad because they provide control, comfort, and confidence in riding. Compared to previous versions, they themselves became more interesting in terms of variability and ride comfort. Otherwise, average, but quite suitable for skiing track wagons.

Short turn
Long turn
Peak stability at a turn 7 / 15 m.
Dynamic turn radius 4 / 12 m.
Turn radius range 14 - 17 м.
Best piste 5 - 7
Testing condition
Red piste. Hard morning snow and corduroy. Good visibility. One ride test.
Boots: Tecnica Zero G (2017-18) - 110 flex.

Beginners will be given control on hard and steep tracks and will not bother with handling, will be allowed to ride for a long time and will be allowed to begin to progress in carving. But just start because in carving on them you can only catch the sliced lead, but not progress in it. Ski experts can be interesting only as the only pair for all occasions when skiing for pleasure and relaxation. For aggressive skiing, skis will be sluggish and weak.