|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Core Material||Wood, Polyurethane|
|Turning Radius||17.5m @ 169cm|
|On Snow Feel|
Nordica Wild Belle 2015 Review by A Better Ski
The Nordica Wild Belle is a versatile all mountain ski that is built to take you anywhere on the mountain. The Wilde Belle is the women’s version of the Nordica NRGY 90. It has a lighter wood and polyurethane core. It’s not necessarily great in any one category, but it’s so well rounded that it can definitely be your one ski quiver.
Conditions: Soft Chop, Freshly Groomed, Hard Pack, Icy steeps, and Bumps
Bindings: Marker Squire
On the Snow Feel: The Nordica Wild Belle is a stable ski, but its light weight keeps it easy to maneuver. It’s an easy ski to swing around, and even though it’s stable it’s actually quite playful as well. Carve the frontside groomers with confidence or bounce around off piste, the Nordica Wild Belle can handle it.
Powder: The Nordica Wild Belle is pretty decent in the deeper snow, but it’s still a ski that 88mm underfoot. It skis fine on groomers that have seen some overnight snow, but as things get really deep, the Nordica Wild Belle will be a bit more out of place.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The light-weight of the Nordica Wild Belle keeps it maneuverable and easy to turn, but it’s a ski that also likes to be pushed. It’s easier to get it on edge with a little bit of speed. Once there the flat tail helps to keep you locked in. The light-weight makes it really quick from edge to edge, and it responds really well to strong input. It didn’t feel quite as energetic as the Blizzard Black Pearl, but it’s definitely fun and lively. The Nordica Wild Belle will cater best to those aggressive skiers that can really drive the ski, but it’s also easy enough to maneuver, that intermediate skiers will be able to ride it as well.
Speed: The Nordica Wild Belle does pretty well at speed. There are times when the ski would chatter a bit (steep roughed up runs), but it felt solid at speed on smooth groomers. The Nordica Wild Belle does ski a bit short because of the rocker, and this does play into the stability, but we wouldn’t hesitate to ski fast on most runs.
Uneven Terrain: The Nordica Wild Belle is surprisingly good in the crud. It’s not a ski that’s going to blast through the deep chop, but it’s quite easy to maneuver over or around any rough terrain. It’s a bit more difficult as the snow firms up, but there’s not a lot of 88mm waisted skis that would perform better.
Edge Hold: Edge hold of the Nordica Wild Belle is good, but not great. The ski would skid out at high speeds on hard roughed up groomers. We also noticed a bit of chatter on steep icy terrain, but not many skis excel here. The Nordica Wild Belle is a great ski on moderately firm and smooth groomers, but not great on hard snow or ice. Still, we would feel confident pushing pretty hard on most terrain.
Flex: The Nordica Wild Belle has a moderately stiff flex.
Switch: The Nordica Wile Belle is much happier skiing forwards.
The Nordica Wild Belle could make a fantastic quiver of one ski for the resort. Its light-weight makes it maneuverable and somewhat playful, but it’s also a ski that likes to be pushed. Aggressive skiers will be treated to powerful rebound and lively energy. It’s happy arcing medium to long radius turns, but it’s also capable of quick edge to edge transitions and short radius turns. It’s not great at speed or in the crud, but it’s definitely capable in both situations. It does well in the powder, but it’s still an 88mm underfoot ski. The Nordica Wild Belle is a solid ski that can take you just about anywhere on the mountain.
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