|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Style||Big Mountain (Freeride)|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|On Snow Feel|
Icelantic Nomad 115 Review by A Better Ski
Today i am here with the Icelantic Nomad 115. This was one of the biggest skis on the demo rack and looked liked they were going to be ideal for hitting some big powder lines. I took out the 191 on a blue skies morning with plenty of fresh snow ready to get deep. Unfortunately the avalanche danger and wind didn’t cooperate with me and they couldn’t get the upper mountain open. Although I was a bummer, I did get to ski some great snow on some great terrain. Let’s see how it went.
Special thanks to P3 of Mammoth Lakes for the demos.
Conditions: Powder, chopped powder, crud
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The Icelantic Nomad 115 is a surfy, big mountain freeride powder hound.
On the Snow Feel: On smooth powder the Nomad 115 has large, stable platform that is maneuverable and responsive. On piste and variable terrain this ski was loose and liked to go fast.
Powder: Smooth powder and big lines are the Nomad 115‘s wheel house. The shape has great float and turns surprisingly well for a 115 at 191. The shape has a rocker profile with the contact points pulled far into the center of the ski giving it a surfy feel that likes to be driven hard with a low center of gravity. They could make shorter turns when I needed maneuverability in the trees and they felt like they got more stable and comfortable the faster and straighter I left the skis to the fall line.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Nomad 115 has an aggressive rocker profile. With that said, this is not the ski you want if you are looking to get that smooth, locked-in carving feel. This is a powder ski and not necessarily an all mountain ski that you can ride in both powder and piste. I had it on a soft groomer a couple of times and it really just wanted to go fast and they felt loose and the edge grip felt loose. I really had to use rotation to navigate around with a 22m turning radius.
Speed: The Icelantic Nomad 115 likes to go fast on smooth snow. They wanted to go fast everywhere as a matter of fact. On smooth snow I felt stable and in control. On variable conditions, they felt loose and I wasn’t completely confident in my ability to hold the edge.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The thing that eliminates this ski from my category of “one quiver ski” is the feel of the Nomad 115 on uneven terrain and harder snow. I encountered some great powder and these skis were stable and responsive. But when things got chopped up or when I hit wind crust my down hill ski felt like it was getting tossed around pretty hard.
Edge Hold: As I have said several times now, the Nomad 115 is not designed for edge hold. If you are looking for more of an all mountain all conditions kind of ski try looking at Icelantic Pioneer series for more versatility.
Flex: The Nomad 115 has a moderately stiff flex giving it stability and power for skiing at higher speeds. A lot of powder specific skis will have a little more bounce for a softer feel. The flex pattern here requires that you ski aggressively. This is not a passive ski that you can just casually cruse around on.
Bottom Line: The Nomad 115 has a progressive shape and construction that make is suitable for a hard charging and progressive skiing style. If you are an advanced to expert skier who skies aggressively and is looking for a powder specific ski that likes to go fast but is also maneuverable when the situation calls, this ski is worth checking out. I am definitely going to grab these ones again to get those big lines off the top of Mammoth when I get the chance.
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