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- High Rise rocker in the tip and tail provide float in pow and crud and easy turn initiation
- A small amount (3mm) of traditional camber underfoot increases edge-hold when the ski is weighted
- Full wood core dispenses an even flex, extra durability, and plenty of pop
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I am trying to decide between the 185cm...
I am trying to decide between the 185cm and the 193cm. I am 5' 11'' 140. I am currently skiing a s3 177cm, which I love. So the Patron would strictly be a powder ski. I do do some tree skiing but I mostly try to stay in the bowls. Also I would mostly be skiing around tahoe. I'm also thinking about an a/t binding so any input on that would be greatly appreciated.
These skis have pretty dramatic tip and tail rocker so they are going to ski shorter than they measure. I'd say go right for the 193cm, unless you plan to go with the AT binding and do a lot of touring, in which case you probably want to cut down on weight and improve maneuverability and would thus go with the 185cm.
Nordica Patron Ski
Fun, turny pow ski. I was a undersized on the 185s, definately go up as they skied short (6'4" 200 lbs).
This instantly became my go-to ski for all conditions. I saved them for the first real powder day but have switched to these for every day. They're great in the powder but excel across crud and have plenty of bite on the hard pack. These skis deserve every bit of the positive press they've gotten. If you're looking for one ski that can do it all this one won't disappoint.
Nordica has it going on
Surfy maneuverable powder ski that rails on-piste. Best addition to the quiver in years.
Couldn't stop grinning...
Demoed these at Hunter (New York) December 30, 2011. To say I was delighted would be an understatement. Conditions were spring-like, sunny, 40ish degrees. Took them out for 2 runs just before noon, so the snow had softened up a bit. First run was on Belt Parkway (a blue, the easiest way down from the top). I was blown away by how I immediatley felt comfortable and confident on them, slaloming through the snowplowers. Second run was a black to blue (Jimmy Huega, Bleeker St, to Kennedy Drive), doing long GS carving. This was so fun. What really made me smile was how the edges engaged sortof gradually/smoothly. You could really drag your knuckles if you were inclined. Sadly, there was no opportunuty to check powder performance. About me: skiing over 30 yrs, type III, 5'10", 150 lbs, male. Demoed the 185's. These felt like about the right size. I've been skiing 2010 Armada JJ's (185's), the past 2 years. I demoed about a half dozen pair's of ski's over the 2 day's at Hunter and these were the one's that really stood out for me. Stellar. Good candidate's for that often mentioned 1 ski quiver.
I'm 5'9" 250. These will be my first skis...
I'm 5'9" 250. These will be my first skis in 20 years. I was a hard charger then and am thinking that for my weight the 193's will be best? I plan on using Marker Jesters. Everyone I have spoken to so far leans towards skis based solely on my height. I am pretty sure things haven't changed so much that weight doesn't factor in some. Especially in the abundance I am packing. lol
I skied the JJs and S7s last season, and this season was looking for a similar ski that would handle better on the obligatory groomer runs to the lift. These, so far, are awesome. They feel quite light. They are easy to maneuver, pretty stiff underfoot, and softer on the tips and tails while still nice and poppy. When you lay them on edge the low profile tip and tail allow you to really lay into the mountain so you don't have to worry as much about ice as you do with the surfy JJs. They bust through crud and are extremely stable (not squirrely) at We haven't had a ton of snow here this winter so I haven't ridden them in deep, but so far so good. I'll update!
Update 2/3/12: I've now had a chance to ski these in powder a handful of times and they're quite fun. They don't have the same surfy feel as the JJs due to the low profile tip and wider shovel so you have to work a little to keep the tips out of the snow, but they're really fun and very maneuverable. I love them!
2012 Nordica Patron
These or Bent Chetler
I Live in Colorado...
These or Bent Chetler
I Live in Colorado and ski Vail a lot i was looking for a good powder ski but one that i can also ski on non powder days as well need it versitile but i want it to perform well in powder
Both skis on your hit list will shine in powder. The Patron has a burlier construction than the Bent Chet and, in my opinion, will be more fun to ski on an everyday basis. Especially if you're like me and your best freestyle days are behind you. If you're more into tricks and jibbing, the Bent Chet will be lighter and livelier. Honestly can't go wrong with either ski - take the Patron for a sturdier all-mountain ride or the Bent Chet for its lighter weight and more freestyle ready feel.
I haven't skied on the BC but I can definitely vouch for the Patron. The early rise is not as aggressive as the Armada JJ or Bent Chetler, which makes them way may stable on the crud. Plus they will kill it on a powder day. You should definitely demo a pair first. That's what I did. Good luck!
The Patron is definitely the better everyday ski. Both will kill it in the pow, and are surprisingly nimble in the bumps, but the Patron will hold an edge on the hardpack like a race ski while the Benny can get pretty sketchy.