When you’ve got a good thing going, why change it? That must be Nordica’s thought with the NRGy 100 ski. It comes back entirely unchanged for the 2015/2016 season, including the same graphics. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. The Nordica NRGy 100 is still a versatile all-mountain ski, built to handle a variety of terrain and snow conditions. The term “One Quiver Ski” gets thrown around a lot in the all-mountain category. Some people would argue that there is no one ski that can do it all, but I feel that there are several skis that come pretty close. The Nordica NRGy 100 is one of those skis.
Conditions: Hard packed groomers, chop, sun softened snow, bumps.
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Salomon Z12
On the Snow Feel: The NordicaNRGy 100 has a 100mm waist, and traditional camber underfoot helping to give you a stable platform on the snow. However, with early rise in the tip and a tapered tail, the NRGy 100 can be playful in the soft or deep snow.
Powder: The Nordica NRGy 100 has a 100mm waist and early rise rocker in the tip. Along with the addition of a softer flex in the nose, the NRGy 100 is capable of good floatation in deep snow. Like many all-mountain skis in this width, the NRGy isn’t a powder specialist, but it is capable of riding in the powder. The NRGy has enough float for all but the deepest days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Nordica NRGy 100 is built with Nordicas i-Core Ti technology that combines a light full wood core, and a lightweight titanal bridge. This is specifically designed to provide strong torsional rigidity while remaining light-weight. Along with the NRGy 100’s camROCK (25% tip rocker) technology, the NRGy 100 is easy to turn and swing sideways. It’s not the most forgiving ski (The titanal bridge adds some stiffness), but at 100mm underfoot it’s pretty easy to get on edge. Although the ski is relatively stiff overall, the light wood core helps to keep the ski playful and lively. The Titanal bridge also gives power and stability. With a good amount of camber underfoot, the NRGy 100 has pretty good rebound. At slow speeds and low edge angles the NRGy 100 is forgiving and easy to turn, but at high speeds and edge angles the ski becomes much snappier edge to edge.
Speed: The i-Core Torsion Bridge Ti construction (light wood core, and titanal bridge) of the NRGy 100 allows the ski to be light-weight but perform like a heavier metal ski. At high speed the NRGy 100 is both damp and stable. The camber underfoot helps to increase edge hold, especially at high speeds, while rubber steeledge reinforcement helps to decrease vibrations.
Uneven Terrain: The Nordica NRGy can handle the chopped up snow pretty well. With a stable platform of 100mm and early rise rocker in the tip, the NRGy does a pretty good job of smoothing out the bumps. With the addition of titanal, and vibration dampening rubber on the edges, the NRGy 100 feels pretty stable on chopped up snow, despite its light weight.
Moguls: The NRGy 100 is pretty light overall, and combined with early rise in the tip and a tapered tail, the ski is nimble and maneuverable. It’s not quite as quick side to side as a light-weight rocker/camber/rocker ski, but it is capable of making quick short radius turns on low edge angles.
Edge Hold: The Nordica NRGy 100 has rocker in the tip and traditional camber underfoot. While flat, and on edge, the ski has a pretty large effective edge, helping to increase edge hold. I felt pretty stable carving out large radius turns on hard-packed snow, with less stability on the windblown ice.
Flex: With the addition of a titanal bridge, the NRGy 100 remains pretty stiff throughout the entire ski. It’s a bit softer in the tip, helping to make it a bit more forgiving, but overall is a ski built with the hard-charger in mind.
Switch: The Nordica NRGy 100 is a directional twin. I felt comfortable riding switch, but never really wanted to stay there very long.
Jumps: The NRGy 100 is poppy, but not very playful. While it can handle the jumps, I wouldn’t use it as a park ski, or on days when you want to play around a bit more.
Park: Not a great jib or park ski.
The Nordica NRGy 100 is a great tool for those who want a lot of versatility. Some people would argue that “One quiver skis” really don’t exist, but the NRGy 100 is pretty close. It’s a stiff, hard-charging ski that likes the groomers, does well in the bumps, and can take you of piste when the snow is deep. If you want that ski to do it all, you’ll want to look into the Nordica NRGy 100.
2015 Nordica NRGy 100 On Mountain Video Ski Review