Nordica Hell and Back

2013

Men's Freeride
Nordica
Price: £480.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 135-98-125
Turn radius 21 (185)
Lengths 161, 169, 177, 185
Construction Early rise tip
lighter I-Core construction
Strengths Lightweight. Powerful on the edge. Quality construction
Weaknesses Too strong underfoot for lighter, less confident skiers

They say

We say

The new Hell and Back uses a lighter wood core - reducing its weight by 20% - and an early-rise tip which moves the contact point back to give extra float in deeper snow. That lighter weight is instantly noticeable – even when you’re just carrying the skis while hiking up. It’s worth thinking of buying with skins for extra versatility in the backcountry. Surprisingly, although it’s light, the ski’s also very strong on the edge. It has lots of grip, feels pretty direct, and is ideal for gunning hard. Some testers felt it was almost too physical - but overall a great ski.

Tester Comments

Pete Davison
A traditional, direct-feeling ski. Firm grip on the piste and solid at speed
Anthony Swallow
Smooth flex at speed - felt great on harder snow