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Nordica Patron

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Length (cm): 177, 185, 193
Sidecut (mm): 143-113-132
Radius (m): 16.5, 18.5, 21.0


Terrain: 20% piste - 80% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: intermediate - expert
Stability: solid
Floatation: superb
Profile: rocker-camber-rocker

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Freeride ski Nordica Patron 2016

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Heyman's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced level freeride skier
Heyman's rating of this ski:

5 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Heyman

"What I look for in my ultimate freeride ski is plenty of float, maneuverability and playfulness. And you should be able to lay some trenches on the slopes as well. Weight reduction is all important for easy turning in difficult circumstances."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 12
 Length:178 cm
 Weight:85 kg


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1. Liberty Double Helix
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2. DPS Wailer 112 RP2 Pure3
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3. Line Mr. Pollard's Opus
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To all my reviews


Complete and versatile freeride ski

The Nordica Patron is a delicious freeride ski. And very good on hard pack as well. In deep powder snow the ski has lots of float. If you speed up a little, you start surfing at once. What a wonderful feeling that is. The tip an tail rocker make truning easy even in the deepest snow. On the groomed slopes the Patron carves incredibly well. You would never have thought that a ski this wide would be so good on hard snow. The rocker makes turning easy and the camber underfoot provides a lot of edge grip. Just put the ski on its side and it starts a beautiful and smooth carve turn. Definitely 5 stars!

Float, surf, jump, carve.

Whatever terrain you find yourself in, the Nordica Patron will bring a smile to your face. Even in chopped-up snow and in bumpy terrain you can either float or jump over all obstacles. The Patron will always land you softly on your feet again. Maybe this ski is even suitable for intermediate skiers who start out freeriding. And it will always remain challenging to advanced and expert freeriders. If you want to trade playfulness for more stability, have a look at the Nordica Helldorado, which has 2 layers of titanium for more stiffness.

Nordica about the Patron

"The Patron is a flat out legend. Built with game-changing Powder camROCK, a High Rise Profile, a blunt nose tip design and a genius sidecut of 143/113/132, it’s easily the most versatile powder ski on the market, superior at speeds, surfy yet stable, and euphorically versatile. It makes every day a best day, from the backcountry to the chairs", says Nordica. Yes, that's all true. Versatile, stable and smooth in all conditions. The Patron excels where ever you take it.

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