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Keep stuffing donuts down your gullet, but lose the weight where it counts with the Nordic Hell and Back Ski. Weighing in at an average of 4.5lbs, it's equally at home gorging on backcountry powder or gobbling up groomers, with an early-rise tip that floats over powder and crud, and underfoot camber that bites into hardpack like a kid into cake. The snappy poplar and ash core is light and nimble, with the added stability of a polyurethane center stringer to keep you riding smooth when the snow snakes are nibbling at you, and a sintered UHMW base keeps your skis fast, no matter how many pounds you put on. There's a skin notch, too, to make those uphills a little bit easier.

  • CamRock early-rise tip and traditional camber underfoot
  • Energy Ca-i Core features poplar, ash, and a polyurethane stringer
  • Sintered UHMW base
  • Steel edges and ABS sidewall construction
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Stable, easy to ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had the pleasure of riding the H&B a couple of times, and have yet to find a flaw. One day all of my buddies were complaining of difficult, icy, and chunky conditions, and I had to admit I hadn't even noticed. Is effortless to ski, and doesn't demand any particular style. Hooks up in the hard pack and does a fine job of floating in the soft. Really lets you forget about technique and just have fun skiing. Looking forward to purchasing a pair as a dedicated backcountry rig, as there are no conditions it can't handle.

Really good all-mountain ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


I just wrecked one of these skis. The entire rear binding pulled out of the ski, screws and all. Not sure how this happened...bad ski? Wood core rotted? Only got 2 seasons out of them. Bummer. Just got the 14/15 Bonafides...WOW.


I'm on the H&B's from 2012(?)...the original orange ones. I'm sure the specs are the same on the new ones. Anyway, I've skied this ski for a couple winters now, so i've hit a lot of different snow days. I'm in Maine, so it's usually hard pack / machine groomed snow...with the exception of some powder days here and there. Some heavy powder, some light. Lots of crud. This ski pretty much handles it all. I like the fact that I can ski all of the above snow conditions with confidence. These things def do well in deep stuff, but you can lay down some serious gs turns with great edge grip. I've left my AC50's on the rack even in icy conditions. Maybe not the quickest ski ever since it's 98 underfoot, but you can still hit the bumps and chutes without feeling like you're on canoes.

Colorado Crush it ski ...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the hell and backs in 2012/2013 season .. Fantastic skis , very stable at speed , light weight and very maneuverable in the trees and powder. Steeps no problem these hammer the mountain and absorb the impacts , yet provide great feedback as well .Highly recommend you demo before you buy , but for me these are a great one quiver ski ..

Great ski!

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

Great ski for everything if you like a flat wider tail. Very light but doesn't ski like it. One of my favorite of the demos today. Awesome carver at any speed!! Way more fun on groomers than my kabookie but didn't spend much time on it off groomed today but I'm sure if you don't mind the more aggressive tail you will love it.