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A hell of a ride in all conditions.

Ski like a boss with the Nordica El Capo Ski. These aggressive big-mountain freeride planks feature a High-Rise profile and two layers of Titanal that give you the float and stability to conquer steep lines in powder and less-than-ideal snow conditions. Plus, these babies are nice and nimble when you need them to be and they billy-goat well in steep, techy Crested Butte-type lines.

  • High Rise profile consists of a rockered tip and tail and a bit of camber underfoot so you can float through pow, plow through heavy afternoon crud, and rip groomers down to the tram line
  • Low tip and tail mass helps prevent ski vibration due to lack of snow surface contact
  • A full wood core from tip to tail provides super-precise flex curve
  • Two layers of Titanal over the edges offer maximum power transmission, torsional resistance, and rebound in all conditions
  • Titanal layers stiffen the skis, provide stability, and make the El Capo one of the most stable high-rise rockered skis to date
  • Vertical sidewall construction for durability and precise performance with a direct transfer of power down through the ski
  • 107mm waist supplies a versatile ski for deep days, variable conditions, and hardpack
  • Progressive sidecut helps to eliminate chattering or vibration issues
  • UHMW sintered Electra Gallium base includes carbon black and graphite that increases electrical and thermal conductivity, which in turn reduces friction that leads to speed-robbing suction, drag, and static build-up that attracts and holds dirt and pollutants on the base

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Hard Charger!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you ski hard and fast then these are the boards for you. They power through crud, shred groomers and have enough float to blow through the freshies. The El Capo may be a bit burly for smaller guys but are great for a heavier hard charging skier. I'm 6'2" 230lbs

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A Charger For Sure

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

I gave the new Nordica El Capo a shot at Snowbasin, UT earlier this year and I was rather impressed with the offering. The metal laminate and usual Nordica design gave the El Capo edge grip for months so when you started that turn, you were LOCKED IN. The medium-long turn shape definitely matched the balance of mostly damp with a bit of playful in the flex pattern and that was a big plus. That very same dampening definitely sucked up any soft or hard crud that came my way and worked the best at medium to high speed. I even found that the Capo did float better than I was expecting considering the actual amount of rocker.

That being said, I do wish the rocker and taper amount was a bit more at least in the tip as any upper layer crust with soft under layer conditions won't go very well. The El Capo is also HEAVY so any AT binding on this ski should be for resort accessed backcountry at best and any attempts to get jibby will need more than a bit of time in the air to pull off.

Would definitely recommend this ski to any expert resort skier that wants a directional ski that can push the speed envelope everyday in most conditions.

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Early taper is for sloppy skiers and The El Capo is NOT. If you want a forgiving ski, then look at a wood core ski with no metal, such as the Armada JJ. If you want to commit to your lines, then Nordicas Hammerhead tip shape will allow you to drive the ski from the tips when you turn down steep, gnarly, rocky terrain, rather than wanting to spin out and tokyo drift you over a cliff at the most inopportune moment.

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Sick New Nordica Offering

I had the opportunity to take the El Capo out for a week at Snowbird. It was like the Helldorado crossed with the Enforcer and Girish, and I loved it. I ski the Helldorado every day that it's not deep and smooth, and ski the Bushy Wayne when it is. The El Capo really rounds out the quiver, as it is a little more on piste oriented and directional. The 185 really measures in at 189cm, but because the tail isn't totally flat, they call it a 185. I ski the Helldorado in a 193, and was a little skeptical of the El Capo in a 185, but at 6' and 160lbs, I really found it to be the perfect length for me, mounted at the traditional line with their up-turned tail.
The El Capo carves really well, and with the two layers of metal, it is damp and smooth at any speed. It's really good at high speeds. The Cap' definitely has more of an even flex than the Helldorado, but it has more pop and rebound than the Helldo, too. Nice and stiff behind the heel, so it's very responsive and makes nice, snappy turns. The more you angulate it, the more it rails, and more edge is engaged. The Capo will make tight, racer style turns, or long, smooth, high speed turns, as well. Wide enough for powder skiing, narrow enough to ski comfortably on firm and icy slopes, and damp enough to make choppy rough conditions easier to ski.
The top sheet art work is really nice, too.