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Accept this gift of pow-gobbling, straightline-shooting, and air-stomping.

Allow us to bestow upon you the riches of the big-mountain Nordica Patron Ski. Let the rockered tip and tail float you above deep pow, land your meat-hucks, and arc into skinny chutes. The traditional camber will see you through tight trees and bulletproof hardpack with grip and boundless energy. All this, in a versatile, lightweight stick with killer graphics, just for you.

  • Twin-tip High Rise profile combines rockered tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot for plenty of float on pow and crud and superior edgehold and control on hardpack
  • Energy CA construction consists of a full wood core from tip to tail and full sidewall construction to offer maximum stability and torsional resistance along with with minimal weight
  • 113mm width powers through crud, floats on pow, and stomps landings
  • Mid-radius sidecut accommodates quick turns on technical terrain and wide-open, high-speed arcs
  • UHMW sintered Electra Gallium base includes carbon black and graphite that increases electrical and thermal conductivity, which reduces friction that leads to suction, drag, and static build-up that attracts and holds dirt and pollutants on the base

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4 5

El patron muy bueno!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these skis about two years ago and still love them as much as I did the first pow day of the year when I tried these bad boys out. What really strikes me about these skis is the fact that they kill it in the deep powder (I worked a full season at Alta and we got some waist deep pow days that were trying for even the seasoned vets) but they can also tear up a groomer. So many other powder skis just chatter up a storm and have a hard time holding an edge on anything hard packed. The Patrons however can really do both! These skis are such a blast in the powder and on hard-pack that I sold my old skis and use these close to 100% of the time now. Another thing to note is that I have beat the hell out of these skis...gnarly core shots, split tip etc. and I have been able to repair everything easy and the skis still ski like new!

I just picked up a pair of 193s on GC, so...

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I just picked up a pair of 193s on GC, so is the factory line a good mounting point for all-mountain western skiing?

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Two of my friends have theirs at 2.5 from true center and love it. That's where I would put it as well. Full 7 is pretty far back with such a fun rockered tail and true center is much less stable. It's ultimately your call but think of what the ski is meant to do for you.

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-2.5 or 2.5 back of factory center? TX. I have Hellbents mounted +6, but these are two different animals, so I'll follow your lead.

Im trying to deside between this and the...

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Im trying to deside between this and the 4frnt CRJ. I want a good all-mountain powder ski. I also have a pair of salomon El Dictators, but I want another ski for days that I dont need a 43 meter turn radius. I basically want something that can ski hardpack, but skis powder just a little better.

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For what it's worth, I've got a few friends that have tried this Patron. I keep hearing that it sucks in crud, so if you encounter any chunder or chop, these aren't reliable. I would go with the CRJ.

hi. 5'8" 165lbs. i ski 179 bros (retired).;...

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hi. 5'8" 165lbs. i ski 179 bros (retired).; 179 hellbents; 175 dp legend pro 105s. is the 177 good for me, or should i go up to 185?

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185 would be a good length for you. They are really easy to turn and when it's deep, you will be glad to have the extra length for a stable, high speed float on any kind of terrain.

5 5

Great ski!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nordica Patron is the best ski I have been on in a very long time. First some facts to bracket my review: I am 6'1", 185 lbs, 55 yrs old, an ex-racer (way back), and ski the Patron in a 185. I have skied the Patron mostly at Whistler, but also at Alpental, and last week at Big Mountain (now Ski Whitefish, MT). Snow conditions have varied from very firm groomers to knee deep powder - light to heavy.

On anything other than ice the Patrons hold a great edge and are a blast to carve. Rairly do I pull my out my carvers anymore. In powder they can make a variety of turns; quick in the trees or long big mountain turns in the open. Once the mountain gets chopped they plow through the crud smoothly. I prefer the more balanced side cut with wide tip and tail on the Patron to the pin tail of the Rossi S7. I found pin tail skis to sink and scrub speed in powder at times, but everyone has a personal preferance on ski feel. The wide tip and tail of the Patron provide great float.The low rise rocker provides more edge on groomers and never dives.

The more days and conditions I have on these skis the more I love them. I am now comfortable recommending these as a one quiver ski to friends. They are one of three skis for me but are now getting 98% of the snow time.

Have a great season!

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How do you think it would go with a set of touring bindings on them? I have the rocker 2's (122) but seem like a mission to lug up a mountain and there kinda nearing the end anyway. I absolute love them but want to try a narrow ski or different ski with the fun that could possible do small backcountry missions...How do you think it would go with a set of touring bindings on them? I have the rocker 2's (122) but seem like a mission to lug up a mountain and there kinda nearing the end anyway. I absolutely love them (the float, pop, charge ability) but I want to once there done just have a awesome on mountain powder ski with touring ability as opposed to two set ups which i have now as I'm planning on a travel mission next year... any recomendations or comments would be aweomse.

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I have Marker Duke's mounted on them with skins made for the Patron. Fit is great. I have not yet gone side country with them yet - that is the next adventure.

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Dukes, Barons, or Guardians would be good. They make a lighter version of this ski called the Unleashed Hell, too. It has the same dimensions and camber profile, but it's 20% lighter with a different core and is designed for 'sidecountry' touring. I would put any kind of duke-like binding on the patron, and wouldn't hesitate to put a tech binding on either the Unleashed or the Patron.

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Love the Patrons. Camber/Rocker profile and top sheet look.

I'm looking for a one ski quiver - a ski...

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I'm looking for a one ski quiver - a ski which is forgiving, handles the trees, reasonable in the groom when powder is scarce. Any thoughts on the Nordica Patron vs. Line Opus?

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Definently not the opus. Go with this ski. the opus is not as versatile on hard pack and variable days.

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I would take a look at the Armada JJ's too if I were you.

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This is it. I traded my JJ's for the Patron, and I traded up. Way better one ski quiver than any other similar ski. Get it.

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A Better Ski

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Contrary to what Wally says about this ski, I find the Patron to have excellent floatation. The Patron does have a little bit more swing weight than, say, an Armada JJ, which I have used extensively, but I find that the Patron can carve better on groomed and firm snow conditions. In fact, I find the Patron to handle any condition better than the JJ, or "similar counterparts" with rocker/camber profiles. The Patron is playful yet solid and confidence inspiring. It is a great ski. I have the Helldorado's, too, which will be more of a charging ski than the Patron, even though they have the same dimensions. The relatively light weight construction of the Patron is top notch, and I have ridden them hard, including bashing them through t North Chute last season.
A great one ski quiver that replaced my Armada JJ's.

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Jack - given the shape of the Patron, camber and rocker, would you size up or stick with forehead sizing. I'm a tele guy so trying to figure that into the equation

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I would size up, generally, and especially with a ski with lots of early rise, like the Patron. I am 6 ft, 160 lbs and I have the 193. I don't like skis that are shorter than I am. I tried the 185 and found it to have ample float, but I preferred the longer turn radius of the 193.
A few considerations:
West Coast, Rocky Mountains- go big. East Coast, smaller will probably be okay.
If you prefer to make more turns rather than straight lines, and you're not a real big person, the 185 would be a good choice. The 177 is for little girls, er, sorry...women or smaller guys.
If you're tele skiing, all bets are off. Just kidding, but I've thought about getting another pair of Patrons to put some Axl's on, and I'd get the 185 for tele turns and touring.
185 is a do all length, and should fit most people, but my final words are that skis that are taller than you are usually a good choice.
Happy turns.

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Jack - Thanks very much for your advice. I'm thinking 185" as I ski at Mary Jane in Colorado and short of Panorama bowl I need them to turn in all the bumps and trees. I wish I still had it but my charging days are behind me at 44 and I'm trying to stay away from my orthopedic surgeon who's had plenty of my business a few years back. Take care and have a great year. Pray for copious amounts of fluffy snow this year!

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Surprisingly Versatile Nordica Charger

Most Nordica skis tend to be on the stiffer, hard-charging end of the industry and while the Nordica Patron Ski is no different from that standpoint, it offers more versatility than usual. The blend of wood used in the core helps compliment the sidewall design by making the ski at least a bit poppy while damp and this is a great thing for those of you who are a bit stronger and like to charge.

Another great aspect of this ski is that is does all turns shapes very well. Nordica skis tend to like to rail and keep the same rhythm throughout and the Patron switches from long to short turns and back again with relative ease.

A couple of downpoints here though as the floatation of this ski doesn't match up as well to similar counterparts at the same width. Also, size down a bit if you like to get jibby as the landing platform is solid, but you're looking at a heavier swing weight with the Patron.