The Nordica NRGy 90 is back completely unchanged for the 2015/2016 season. The NRGy 90 is still a great all-mountain ski with a lot of versatility. Its light weight keeps it maneuverable, and yet it still feels quite substantial underfoot. It has good edge hold, and fun carving abilities, but has the versatility to take you off piste from time to time. It’s a really fun ski, and is great for those who like to spend a lot of time on the groomers. It’s also great for those who want the versatility of an all mountain ski for the days when conditions aren’t the best.
2016 Nordica NRGy 90 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Groomers, Hard Pack, Spring Slush, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Salomon Z12
On the Snow Feel: The Nordica NRGy 90 is very light-weight, but still feels quite substantial and stable underfoot. It’s very maneuverable, and easy to turn, but doesn’t feel loose or unstable. Get the ski on edge and it feels quite locked in.
Powder: The Nordica NRGy 90 has a small amount of rocker in the tip to help increase maneuverability and floatation in the soft snow. However, at 90mm underfoot, it’s not going to be a great deep snow ski. It offers a bit of versatility for the snowy days, but as soon as it really piles up, the NRGy 90 is much less at home.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Nordica NRGy 90 is light-weight and easy to maneuver. At slow speeds I found it easy to turn, but the ski feels more alive at higher speeds and edge angles. The ski is quite stiff overall, but I didn’t find it super challenging to bend the ski into the turn. Rebound is lively, but not overly powerful or snappy. It was still quite fun carving down the mountain, but it‘s much more relaxing than a more aggressive frontside oriented ski might be. The light weight really aids in quickness. It was also easy to transition from edge to edge. This is a great carving ski for those with a bit more easy going style, and don’t need to be thrown from edge to edge with a ton of power.
Speed: The NRGy 90 has Nordica’s I-Core Torsion Bridge TI technology. This places a strategically cut titanal bridge over the core of the ski. Titanal helps to increase torsional rigidity, dampness, and edge hold, allowing the ski to feel more stable at speed. However, titanal can sometimes make the ski feel a bit heavy or sluggish. Nordica combats this by removing specific sections of the titanal, which allows the ski to feel light and maneuverable while still retaining some of the properties of titanal. The result is a ski that is light-weight, and yet still feels substantial. Arcing medium to long radius turns at speed was fun and the stiff construction of titanal helped to keep things damp and quite.
Uneven Terrain: The Nordica NRGy 90 does a decent job busting through the crud. It feels relatively damp, even at higher speeds. The rocker tip does a nice job of absorbing terrain, and I never noticed much tip deflection or chatter. There are better crud busting skis out there, but the NRGy 90 does a pretty decent job.
Moguls: The Nordica NRGy 90 actually makes a pretty fun bump ski. It lightweight keeps the ski easy to maneuver, and it was easy to swing it around when I needed to. Don’t get sloppy though. The ski isn’t the most forgiving, and if you get too back seat, it may punish you a bit.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was good, but not great. It was stable enough on hard pack, but it’s not a frontside ice carving specialist. That being said, the NRGy 90 is one of the better all mountain skis in this waist size on the harder snow.
Flex: The Nordica NRGy 90 has a medium stiff flex that is forgiving, and yet substantial. It’s still quite approachable for intermediate riders, but powerful enough for heavier or more aggressive skiers.
Jumps and Park: This is not a park ski, but was fun to launch off of rollers and bumps. Its light weight makes it easy to maneuver once in the air, but it doesn’t have a ton of pop, nor is it very forgiving in the landings.
The Nordica NRGy 90 is a very versatile all mountain ski. It’s perfect for those who spend an equal amount of time on the groomers and off piste. It is solid and stable at speed. It has a fun smooth rebound. It’s quick from edge to edge. And finally, it has the versatility to take you in the chop or deeper snow. This is definitely a ski worth considering for a daily driver; just remember that most daily driver’s sacrifice a bit of performance in specific categories, but it’s hard to beat the overall versatility.