Advanced level freeride skier
Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
Rigid and stable freeride ski
If you want to charge down a wide open snow field as hard as you can, the Nordica Helldorado is the ski for you. The double titanium layers make this one of the stiffest freeride skis I know. Therefore the Helldorado performs exceptionally well at maximum speed. Also at moderate speed it floats and turns easily in deep powder. This is a serious ski meant for serious work. Playfulness and versatility have been deminished by stiffness and stability. On piste the Helldorado turns reluctantly. Actually you don't want to find yourself on piste at all.
Those crazy Canadians
Nordica allready produced the fantastic Nordica Patron. Although the Canadians loved the Patron, they wanted a more stiff and stable version. They just wanted to rip the enormous wide open spaces they have over there. So Nordica added the titanium inserts to the Patron and that's how the Helldorado was born. I myself prefer a more playfull freeride ski that easily slaloms through the trees and between the rocks off-piste. That's why I give the Helldorado a 3 star rating.
Nordica about the Helldorado
"Beware the man in black, aka Nordica’s mountain stomping Helldorado. Built for speed, power and all-condition domination, it holds big arcs like nothing else, but can still carve quick arcs. Featuring Powder camROCK for super float, two layers of Titanal for attitude, and a so sweet sidecut for doing whatever you want.", says Nordica. That may be true for those freeriders who choose extreme stiffness and stability over versatility and playfulness.
Rossignol Super 7: fantastic freeride ski, as good as the Patron both on- and off-piste.
Armada Norwalk: easy surfing freeride ski, superb in deep powder, not as good on piste as the Patron.
Nordica Patron: same dimensions as the Helldorado, but a softer and smoother ride.