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Hunt and gather trophy vertical.

Built to roam in the untracked backcountry, the Nomad is Icelantic’s touring, pow-shredding ski-of-all-conditions, handmade in Colorado with an eye for western terrain. Its fat 105mm waist and huge 140mm shovel pop to the surface like a beach ball at a Phish concert in even the lightest powder. And yet, with a short 17-meter turning radius and damp, solid poplar core, the Nomad can tackle hard snow, crud, and even the occasional groomer with style and grace. A twin tail lets you ride switch if you want, but more importantly, lets you sneak back out of a dicey situation if you don’t like the looks of that chute as much as you thought from the bottom. A powerful fiberglass-reinforced sandwich layup makes the Nomad ski larger than it looks—Icelantic recommends going with a shorter length than you would typically ski for best results.

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any suggestions on binding placement?

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any suggestions on binding placement?

5 5

Fat Fun Skis in Powder!

I borrowed these skis from the Backcountry employee gear closet and had a BLAST on them. They were 168cm with G3 Targa Ascent bindings. I have been skiing on K2 Dawn Patrols and really enjoyed the extra width. They felt like water skis. SO fun. And I skied in about 12 inches of fresh snow and ripped every open bowl I could. Total blast. The following day when the powder wasn't as light & fluffy, they were harder to manage on the groomers in a tele turn. But if I kept them both on the snow, I was sturdy.

4 5

Icelantic Nomad

This ski is quite possibly your niche market one quiver ski. I rode this ski set up Tele on or about boot center on balance point. This ski initiated turn super easily and had great bite on piste for a ski its size. At the same time this ski felt super nimble and agile enough for the trees. Where I found it excelled the best was in the Powder/powdery crud. It handle bouncing through the tracks of others easily and kept tips up in the rest of the deepness.

The Icelantic Nomad is a great ski!

How do these work for touring, Ie. skinning...

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How do these work for touring, Ie. skinning traveling on flats, etc.? Downhill sounds great but I haven't heard anythig about touring.

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Icelantic skis are short and fat so they should be great for skinning since short skis are great for switchbacks and wide skis are good for floating powder.

5 5

Spring skiing

These things rock. Have them out at mammoth mounted with marker dukes. Had them in some windblown pillows of pow and they floated. On hard pack they carved like champs. Great manuverability in chutes, hucks. And rip crud

Cant wait to get these guys on a true pow day

OK.... so here's my deal: I'm a 5 ft tall,...

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OK.... so here's my deal: I'm a 5 ft tall, 108 lb. 55 year old woman who loves to ski (when she's not working, of course!). Am currently using the k2 phat luv for powder days (live inTahoe). Am thinking of moving into something that has a wider waist and even more floation for those big-dump "Sierra Cement" days. Am lookiing at the Nomad in a 156 cm (almost no one makes a really fat ski in a short length for midgets like me), but I do have concerns it might be too stiff. I'm not getting any younger, and I ski to have fun (and stay off the therapist's couch)..... not get frustrated with managing a big stiff skis in the steep trees. Would love to hear anyone's comments about whether this ski might be a good choice for moi?

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Looks like it will be available in a soft flex for 2010

5 5

Believe the hype

First day on them with 12-18 inches or Cascade crud, spackle, mashed potatoes, whatever: these rode like a dream. Light. Wider than listed - about 112mm under foot. I'm skiing the 181 which is stiffer than the Line Sir Francis Bacons I use for alpine but even more stable and damp. Steeps, trees, andjust fine on packed groomers. Shop techs and patrollers were salivating...

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Im 5'8" 170lbs and am thinking of getting...

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Im 5'8" 170lbs and am thinking of getting the 168's. Any binding recommendations?

5 5

Best ever.

I just got my first day on these bad boys.

I'm about 155 pounds, 5'8. I picked up the 181 length ski, and was a tad worry that I went too long.

Last night we got between 12-21 inches of fresh here in VT. I took these up to Sugarbush, and the snow was peanut butter heavy with a windblown surface.

I was amazed at how well these bulldozed through this stuff. The difference between these and my ZAG Big's is remarkable, These were very easy to get around, but really plowed through the variable snow like nothing I've ever skied. It made the tricky conditions a blast.

I demoed these right after I skied the Volkl Mantra. The Mantra is a fun ski, but these blow them away.

Highly recomended.

What do they weigh?

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What do they weigh?

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They are about 7.11 pounds per pair. So roughly 3.55lbs per ski

I am 6' 200 big line skier, 50/50 off...

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I am 6' 200 big line skier, 50/50 off piste/in bounds. What's with the weird lengths? 156 to 181? Any thoughts about the 181? I'd normally just jump on a longer ski but the total wood underfoot caused me to pause.

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I am a very similar build and ski similar terrain. I ski a Seth in 179 and demo'd a 181 this past weekend. Great ski, I was very pleased with it. The 181 would be the right length.

5 5

post pow review...

Finally got these in a true test situation.

I am in love. Still trying to figure out how to tell my girlfriend about the all the fun, naughty times I've already spent with these dirty little skis.

The PNW has been getting nuked and I spent two days last week at crystal mtn, wa on these bad boys. I am 5 11 about 180lbs and have the 181cm's mounted with marker dukes. They are super floaty and light. Made skiing chest deep pow a breeze with the 105mm underfoot, wide shovel and tail and medium stiff flex that is very forgiving. Blasts variable conditions and hardpack very well but be sure to widen your stance to fully engage the edges while carving. All that width underfoot can create some serious early-season foot fatigue though!

All in all, a fine specimen of a traditional-shape, all mountain ski, though I do prefer my Line Prophet 100's on a non-powder day as they are a bit slimmer in dimensions. Glad Icelantic made the longer skis this season, and if you are like me and was waiting until they did, now is the time to pick up a pair. You will not be sorry.

A word of warning: People are generally confused when they see these skis. Get ready to explain the history of Ghengis Khan, his reign of terror, and how it relates metaphorically to the art of skiing. These make people who buy only K2's every year very uncomfortable and illicit vacant stares of sheer terror in adult women and children under 12.

5 5

For the love of all that is Holy

Just got these literally 22minutes ago, so in lieu of a real "performance" review I thought I should alert the aesthetically inclined buyers that the graphics on these particular skis are quite a bit darker than shown in the photos. They also have an over all skewing towards a red tint. Not a big issue but just something I thought y'all might want to know because you're gearheads and geeks and you know it. Will post my thoughts on performance, like you give a damn, once we get some friggin snow, mang. Thanks again, bc.com. Great processing speed and unrivaled customer service as usual! - jeff

5 5

Take them anywhere and everywhere

The Nomads are incredible. Float with ease through the powder and cut through crud like nobody's business. Great for everywhere on the mountain whether it's up in the powder-filled bowls or down on the hard-packed groomers. This ski will rip through any condition. It is very stiff so lighter riders beware. Despite the stiff flex, however, the ski is poppy and fun once you get used to it. Don't be afraid to take these through the park on your way down. Stomping landings on these bad boys is as easy as walking.