- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Nordica Patron is the best ski I have been on in a very long time. First some facts to bracket my review: I am 6'1", 185 lbs, 55 yrs old, an ex-racer (way back), and ski the Patron in a 185. I have skied the Patron mostly at Whistler, but also at Alpental, and last week at Big Mountain (now Ski Whitefish, MT). Snow conditions have varied from very firm groomers to knee deep powder - light to heavy.
On anything other than ice the Patrons hold a great edge and are a blast to carve. Rairly do I pull my out my carvers anymore. In powder they can make a variety of turns; quick in the trees or long big mountain turns in the open. Once the mountain gets chopped they plow through the crud smoothly. I prefer the more balanced side cut with wide tip and tail on the Patron to the pin tail of the Rossi S7. I found pin tail skis to sink and scrub speed in powder at times, but everyone has a personal preferance on ski feel. The wide tip and tail of the Patron provide great float.The low rise rocker provides more edge on groomers and never dives.
The more days and conditions I have on these skis the more I love them. I am now comfortable recommending these as a one quiver ski to friends. They are one of three skis for me but are now getting 98% of the snow time.
Have a great season!