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A hybrid that carves, floats, and butters anywhere it roams.

At first glace the Icelandic Nomad RKR Ski looks like a piece of art, but you wouldn't want to hang it on a wall; this beauty of a ski is all about getting you to push your boundaries and have fun. This hybrid wanderer carves, floats, and butters its way down any terrain with a balanced flex, 2mm of camber underfoot, and a rockered tip and tail. As a result you're able to comfortably roam all over the resort and out-of-bounds, if you so choose (with the proper avalanche equipment, of course). 

This well-designed and handmade ski features a poplar wood core for durability, strength, and pop, while strategically-placed layers of ETLX 2200 fiberglass, unilateral fiberglass, a matte fiberglass mounting plate, and carbonium topsheet material provide torsional rigidity and improved durability. Its three layers of 20mm rubber foil, placed at critical points throughout the layers of the ski, help to absorb vibrations and chatter during high speed turns on hardpack.

In case you're worried about blowing an edge, don't be; Icelandic gave the Nomad 2.2mm steel edges that you can count on. And as you're skiing fast and fluidly down the mountain, you'll enjoy the Nomad's Durasurf 4001 sintered p-tex bases.

  • Rocker Camber (rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot)
  • Poplar wood core
  • ETLX 2200 triaxle fiberglass construction
  • Sidewall construction (Durasurf 2001)
  • 105mm waist width
  • 2.2mm steel edge
  • Durasurf 4001 sintered P-tex base
  • Graphics by Travis Parr
  • Handmade in Denver, Colorado

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5 5

This is a very good ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have 10 days on these skis at Fernie Alpine Resort in Canada. This is a damp, tough ski that can blast through most conditions. I was especially impressed skiing them through powder with ice cookies underneath. Very stable. It is very comparable to the Line Influence 105. If you check the specs on these two skis you will be surprised how close they are and they seem to ski the same too. The Influence 105 was a great ski too. The materials used to build the Nomad RKR ski are high quality. You can't go wrong with this ski, it is a very fun ski to blast down the steeps.

I am 6' 1" and 190lbs and thinking of...

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I am 6' 1" and 190lbs and thinking of getting the 191s. I ski aggressively but definitely enjoy short turns and playing around just as much as opening up and laying down gs style turns. I am moving out west next year and have been skiing on the 2011 line prophet 90 179s for the past three years. Do you
think the 191s would be too big for what I am looking for?

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191 will work for you. I'm 5'11/200 and ski the 181 (only size available when I bought mine). The 181 is a blast but I will definitely replace them with 191's when the time comes. Much better edge, stability and float. Remember the early rise tip/tail make it ski shorter.

Suitable for women?

I had a ski shop...

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Suitable for women?

I had a ski shop employee try and steer me away from these because I'm a woman (5'4", 130 lbs), telling me that I probably wouldn't have enough leg strength to really push these into turns.

Not sure if mysogynistic or if he was actually being helpful.

I've only seen male reviews and they've all been glowing. But would you say a woman could handle these? I ski Colorado, nothing backcountry or out of bounds, but do everything from basic groomers, to tree lines, to back bowls and fresh in-bound powder whenever I can sniff it out.

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I was hoping some other readers would try and assist you but I think the Icelantic followers are few and far between. And I'm not sure why, everything I read from people that own them just love them. I live in a decent sized city and I can say nobody has them around here so they just haven't penetrated like other small manufactures in my area.

Female specific models have a tendency to be a little softer in overall flex and sometimes the recommended mounting position is offset for women. But each ski is different. I'm assuming the Icelantic is slightly heavier than other skis in its class, again this is just an assumption based on a small companies R&D. The shop guy was probably just making sure that you are aggressive enough to be able to bend the ski and get the full enjoyment out of it.

With this ski coming in a 161cm size they must be trying to target a few female skiers with it. If you love the looks, think the reviews appeal to you, like the shape and rocker profile then pick a size and go for it. This could put the biggest smile on your face you've ever seen, if not then hopefully you bought it from a store that will work with you and get into something else. Please give the ski SEVERAL days in different conditions before making any real judgments.

Just remember when you walk into a shop and feel like the people working there aren't listening to your needs and not really taking the time you want, there are plenty more ways to buy a ski. And that's where people like me can really help. I love helping people get the advice they need or want, and HOPEFULLY I get it right.

Good luck and let me know if you need anything else. Length help, or other skis to consider.

Skifreak

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My wife is not much of a gear freak. She skis, she likes to ski, she always skied what I bought her. She's demoed a handful of skis and sort of liked some skis more than others...then Icelantic came to town on a powder day. She demoed the Nomad RKR, went home and purchased the 161. That was a couple years ago when the RKR first came out. She still skis them and raves about how awesome they are. I demoed these and didn't find them difficult to ski, just fun.

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Don't tell the Icelantic women's team that the Nomad RKR is too much ski for a woman ;)

Don't tell the Icelantic women's team that the Nomad RKR is too much ski for a woman ;)
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I know a ton of women ranging from intermediate groomer skiers to badass pros who ski the RKR (and traditional Nomad) and absolutely love them! I think you would love the 161 but if you have any doubts you can always find a demo pair to try. You can also call Icelantic directly to discuss any questions and they can probably point you towards a pair of demos.

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Thank you to everyone who answered! I demoed the 161s this weekend and had a BLAST. Couldn't believe how responsive and fun they were on everything from hardpack groomers to a few inches of light powder. I'm in love after only one day and am definitely going to be looking on some late season deals to add the Nomads to my quiver.

I hate that they are labeled as men's skis (not on backcountry but elsewhere) - I fear other girls like me will be steered away from these fun skis!

Thank you to everyone who answered! I demoed the 161s this weekend and had a BLAST. Couldn't believe how responsive and fun they were on everything from hardpack groomers to a few inches of light powder. I'm in love after only one day and am definitely going to be looking on some late season deals to add the Nomads to my quiver. <br/>  <br/> I hate that they are labeled as men's skis (not on backcountry but elsewhere) - I fear other girls like me will be steered away from these fun skis!
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That is awesome! And thank you to the other people that finally jumped in. I might have to get my hands on a pair to try.

Skifreak

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That picture is radical @Banquo !!

Hahah, certainly made your point!
Ladies love it!

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Would you say the 161cm is a good size for someone who is 5'7" and 130lb? Debating between the 161 and 171, not sure which one would be most ideal?

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Hey Jef! Depends on your level of experience : )
An intermediate/newer skier will be comfy on the 161, a more advanced skier that likes to charge at higher speeds is going to be more content on the 171cm.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs advanced/agrgressive and I would go for the 171cm. Hope that helps!

Give our Gearheads a holler if you have further sizing questions, we would love to help!

5 5

It's true what they say....

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I didn't think these skis could be as good as the reviews, turns out they live up to the hype! I'm using Salomon Guardian bindings and Scarpa Freedom boots. I haven't been in the backcountry with them yet, but on 2 days w/fresh powder at my local area I tried every type of terrain and snow condition available. Most impressive is the float - I don't have to carry as much speed into the trees to stay on top, making it way easier to adjust my line mid-run. They come around quick on steep packed powder and bumps and the tails don't wash out so my confidence went way up. And, they can handle speed just fine, tracking better than I would have thought for such a wide ski. Worth every penny!

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I'm looking to upgrade from my 2009-10...

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I'm looking to upgrade from my 2009-10 Volkl Gotama 186's. They've treated me well, especially paired with the radical ft 12's (aside from weight, a much more fun ski flex than with the baron's frame design). I've pretty much reached the limits of the 186 gotama and need something that will bust crud and handle speed better, but still have the same (or better) pow performance.

I recently tried the 191 ON3P Billy Goats and, while they're too much ski for my daily driver, they changed my perspective on crud-busting, speed & pow performance.

Would the 191 Nomad rkr's be a good fit? I'm also looking at the Line Influence 105 or 115 and the DPS Wailer 112, but am open to suggestions. I'm 6'1", 190 and ski 60-40 in Colorado's resorts & backcountry.

5 5

Life changing?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was told by an Icelantic rep that these would change my life! First day on them was a 26" powder day at Breck and these skis killed it! That being said with 26" it's hard to say if it was the skis or the fact I was skiing over two feet of fresh that made the day amazing! The ski handled the deep beautifully and as things got tracked out the ski handled the changes well. Super happy with them after the first day! The next day I skied a small local hill that had every condition from packed powder to blue ice. It did take a few runs to adjust to the moguls and harder snow, but once I did the ski was really really fun. I did notice you had to be skiing aggressive to really make the ski perform and cut well. Once I made the adjustments and got use to the ski, it does do what they say it does and that's ski every condition really really well. Heading back to Jackson next week and am confident this ski will handle everything Jackson can dish out! Life changing? Yes! Especially since I now won't have to haul around 2-3 pairs of skis everywhere I go!

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Anyone using these skis as their side...

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Anyone using these skis as their side country rig?

5 5

if you value playing and i know you do

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis are an absolute blast, they have changed the way I ski. after a season I can say they were a worth while investment. I have ridden them from rails in the park to 2 ft deep powder and i rarely think, "I wish I was on something else". their defining characteristics are that they love to play! the rocker really hits the sweet spot of letting you find the most fun in every feature. I have definitely noticed the rocker will ramp you off of even the smallest of rollers if you want to allowing for fun airtime or a fun bouncy ride. the rocker profile is also just dirty for powder, and let you smear reasonably well without being a noodle on the hard pack. the flex pattern is also just right, I have spent a lot of my career on stiff skis (Fischer, Dynastar) and these fair well infact you can lay em down if you want to resulting in a predictably strong G-force turn. but the flex they do have is oh so satisfying. its fun to push power into the tails and not have them wash, but slide like you were on a surf board. when it comes down to it its a ski that hits the sweet spot. Maybe most wont agree, but I feel like the skis strongest point is that it does more than just compromise, it honestly makes any type of skiing a new type of fun. if your not expecting something super serious this ski will reward you, you may take less direct lines not because the nomads cant keep up but because you will want to explore the way these skis handle so much more. really my only complaints are that the top sheets aren't my favorite because they seem to chip and scratch easy, and they want you to put a little more energy to break through crud than some might feel comfortable doing. these are such little gripes that I have no hesitation recommending a serious look at these skis. just buy them ya dummy you wont regret it.

i ski mostly park city and breckenridge im 6' 2" and 180 i use the 181's.

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Great review! Thanks for sharing your wisdom : )

5 5

Shredder and Krang

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These Shred, only been on hardpack because I was so anxious to use them but everyone says they rule in the pow too. I put dynafit st on them with a scarpa mobe boot. I am pumped!

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Would you say these things can bebop and are rocksteady as well?

5 5

This ski is like a Sour Patch Kid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's mean when it tares the crud and choppy snow, then smooth and playful when you wanna slow it down and have some fun. Personally, i think the "one-ski quiver" is a myth, but this ski is verrrrrry versatile and it comes damn close. I've skied these all around the midwest on lots of different terrain and they have yet to let me down.

Hailing from Duluth, MN, I needed a ski that could grip the icy slopes of Spirit Mountain, but I didn't want to cut myself short when it came to fluffy snow or jibbing. The hybrid camber of this ski combined with the full sidewall construction allowed me to hook up an edge and really push through my turns with confidence. (even on ice!) The early rise in the tip/tail adds to this as well. Turn initiation is a breeze. My racer friends tell me that you can't beat a full camber if you really want to precisely point a ski during a turn, but personally I don't need to be throwing GS turns at Mach 12 at the resorts. (again, you can't be the best at everything) Although, the turn radius of these skis is real sharp and getting your skis from one side of your body to the other is effortless.

The OTHER best thing about this ski is the playfulness when you wanna roll around on the tips/tails. They take a bit more effort to bend than some cap construction skis, but they'll definitely play. The early rise and girth of the ski makes it float pretty well too. I'm 6'2", 180 lbs, and I ski on the 181cm model. When I'm in some deep snow, I feel like I could use a bit more pop when I'm bounding through powder, but they definitely don't let me sink, especially with a little speed.

Overall, it's a stellar ski and can handle just about anything you throw at it! Hope this review helps!

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Great review Karl!
Thanks!