|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Ski Shape||True Twin|
|Turning Radius||19m @ 181cm|
|On Snow Feel|
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Icelantic Nomad 95 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
The Icelantic Nomad 95 is one of several Nomads in Icelantic’s lineup this season. The line now consists of the Nomad 95, 105, 115, and 125. These skis are replacing some of Icelantic’s well known skis such as the Gypsy, and Gypsy SKNY. The Nomad 95 takes the place of the Nomad SKNY in a way, although it is 10mm wider. Still, the 95 and 105 still sit in the all-mountain freestyle category, and are two very fun and versatile skis for the freestyle skier that wants to tackle the entire mountain.
Icelantic Nomad 95 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Riders: Matt, Brian, and Laura
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, 6” Fresh, Tracked Out
Ski Personality: The Icelantic Nomad 95 is a versatile all-mountain freestyle ski with a poppy flex and semi-loose, surfy, feel.
On the Snow Feel: I would say that the Nomad 95 leans a bit more towards the loose and playful side than stable, but it does have enough camber underfoot to provide some stability on edge.
Powder: This year Icelantic is replacing the Gypsy with the Nomad 125. Although it shares a similar name as the Nomad 95, these are two completely different skis. The Nomad 125 is the powder specialist, and is made for the deepest days. The Nomad 95 is much better suited to groomed, or shallow chop than it is deep snow. The ski does have a pretty decent rocker line though, and is maneuverable and easy to pivot when bases are flat. The ski is fine in shallow freshies, but doesn’t have fantastic float for the deepest days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Brian and I both skied the 191cm, while Laura skied the 181cm. While we did notice a lot of similarities we also noticed slight differences between the two sizes. All three of us thought that the Nomad 95 was maneuverable and easy to pivot at slower speeds, and even in the 191cm, it didn’t take a ton of effort to get the ski on edge. However, the biggest difference we noticed was in the life of the ski. The 191cm definitely took a bit more work to get from edge to edge, and it seemed to prefer medium to long radius turns. We didn’t find it quick, or overly energetic. It was perfectly fine on groomed terrain, but wasn’t exceptionally exciting. The 181cm on the other hand, had a much more lively and energetic feel. The flex of both skis starts out medium working its way to medium stiff underfoot. This allowed us to bend the ski into the turn easily, but the 181cm, just seemed to have more life coming out. I still wouldn’t say that the 181cm is for you if you like to make lots of quick, short, radius turns, but it is quicker than the 191cm, and did show more signs of life. Both skis definitely have a freestyle feel, but as long as you get the ski on a high edge angle when carving, it remained pretty stable underfoot. Lower that edge angle and you could smear, slide, skid, or slash any kind of turn shape you wanted to.
Speed: The Icelantic Nomad 95 has a moderate flex that stiffens underfoot. We found it to be moderately stable, but it doesn’t seem to be built for super high speeds. With the 191cm, Brian and I were able to open it up a bit more, but still never felt like we wanted to straight line the biggest and steepest lines.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Icelantic Nomad 95 is a fun and poppy ski that was really fun to bounce and jump through variable and tracked out snow. This ski isn’t super burly or stiff, and the tip and tail have a steep rise and moderate flex. It’s not the ski I’d want to use for just blasting through crud and chop, but for playful skiers that like to take their time maneuvering through variable terrain it’s fun. We all found that it was happier on the bases in tracked out than it was on its edges. But again, for freeride skiers, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It allows you to jump, bounce, butter, and smear any kinds of turns in the tracked out snow.
Bottom Line: The Icelantic Nomad 95 is a freestyle all-mountain ski that will cater to those who have a more playful style. It’s not super quick or powerful, and it’s not super stable or burly. It is, however, poppy, energetic, surfy, and very playful. It’s capable in just about any type of terrain, but didn’t blow us away in any one area. If you’re looking for a super versatile and playful all-mountain ski, the Nomad 95 could be a great option.
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