Gear Review

5 5

Great ski!

  • 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!

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How do you think it would go with a set of touring bindings on them? I have the rocker 2's (122) but seem like a mission to lug up a mountain and there kinda nearing the end anyway. I absolute love them but want to try a narrow ski or different ski with the fun that could possible do small backcountry missions...How do you think it would go with a set of touring bindings on them? I have the rocker 2's (122) but seem like a mission to lug up a mountain and there kinda nearing the end anyway. I absolutely love them (the float, pop, charge ability) but I want to once there done just have a awesome on mountain powder ski with touring ability as opposed to two set ups which i have now as I'm planning on a travel mission next year... any recomendations or comments would be aweomse.

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I have Marker Duke's mounted on them with skins made for the Patron. Fit is great. I have not yet gone side country with them yet - that is the next adventure.

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Dukes, Barons, or Guardians would be good. They make a lighter version of this ski called the Unleashed Hell, too. It has the same dimensions and camber profile, but it's 20% lighter with a different core and is designed for 'sidecountry' touring. I would put any kind of duke-like binding on the patron, and wouldn't hesitate to put a tech binding on either the Unleashed or the Patron.