After riding the Helldorado for a couple of months, I have concluded that I really love this ski for powder or variable conditions; basically, anything but hard pack. It is smooth, stable, incredibly powerful and very fun. It makes you ski way too fast! Yes, the Helldorado requires a bit of strength to ski as intended, but it is well worth the extra effort and it will make you stronger. And happier. Highly recommended.
Just got these boots, but I'll be returning them tomorrow. They are not as advertised. Size 29.5 weighs almost 4.75 lbs. PER BOOT.....not the 4 lbs. per pair advertised. And, they are VERY stiff. If you are looking for an super aggro, super stiff (and heavy) NTN boot, these may be it. Be aware that they have NO TECH INSERTS - they are strickly for NTN.
I have the 185 cm and ride it with Axl telemark bindings. This ski is damp, stable, responsive, versatile and fun. It bites into hard snow well but floats sufficiently in powder and easily handles wind-blown, variable 'wild' snow. The rockered tip wobbles just slightly at high speed on hard pack but it's not an issue. Construction is top quality. The 185 cm weighs 10 lbs., so combined with it's relatively narrow waist and rockered tip, the Enforcer effectively handles crud. It is comfortable at speed.
This year's Enforcer has significant tip rocker. This ski is super stable at speed and is easy to manage in all the conditions I've been able to use it in, and it's extremely versatile. The construction is top quality, as are all the Nordica skis I've recently seen up close.
I really like the way this boot skis. I initially didn't think it would be burly enough (but it is), so earlier this season I tried the 2012-13 version of the T1 boot and found that boot to be much too stiff for my size (150 lbs.), even when paired with Hammerheads in position #5 with stiffy springs and a fairly big ski (Armada JJ 185cm). For what it's worth, I find the current T2 Ecos to have the perfect flex to ski this rig, and I ski fairly aggressively. I've also skied them with Axls in position #3 on the Nordica Enforcer (185 cm) and the boot's performance has been excellent with that combo also.
Anyone skiing the Helldorado tele? If so, where did you mount them?.
I have the JJs mounted tele (at -0.5 cm from boot center) with Hammerhead bindings (stiffy springs, position 5, T1 boots). I think they are exceptionally good as a telemark ski.
I ski the Radicts with Hammerheads (stiffy springs) and Scarpa T1 boots. They are incredible in the powder. Super stable, surprisingly nimble and really fun. The only down sides are that these skis will pummel you once the powder starts to get packed down in spots, and they are heavy, so if you are going long distances on a cat-track, they will tire you faster. Women seem to really like the graphics, and often initiate conversations based on them. I highly recommend the Radicts for shallow (anything over 3 inches)-to-deep powder, and tracked-up but unpacked powder.
This is my first clip-less pedaling shoe. I got the 45 wide, which fits my foot well. The shoe is fairly stiff (especially compared to a walking shoe) and transmits force to the pedal very well. These shoes are quite comfy. The velcro straps and rachet buckles are easy to engage and easy to adjust. Soles give good traction on slippery ground. Plus, the price is good and these were on sale! I would highly recommend them as an enty-level shoe.
These are my first clip-less pedals, and I've only used them for a few rides so far. I find them very easy to use -- they are easy to clip into and get out of. Overall, using these is a lot easier I thought clip-less pedals would be. I highly recommend them.
I'm an old fart (55 yrs.), and these are my first AT boots. I'm coming over from being a dedicated telemark skier. In that regard, I've owned old bumblebee Scarpa T1s, the Garmont Genesis, Syner-Gs, Ener-Gs and currently ski in the 2009/10 T1's, which are my favorite tele boot of all time (so far).
The Maestrales are absolutely superb boots. They are the most comfortable, the lightest, the stiffest boot, and the best for touring or hiking that I've owned (so far).
I have not cooked the liners, and don't planned to. For me, the boots have been super comfortable from day one without any thermo-forming.
I've only used these boots to drive Volkl Kendo (177cm), which weighs about 7.5 lbs, but the Maestrales are so stiff that I'm confident they could drive a much bigger ski. I'm using Dynafit Speed bindings with these. Hope this helps!
Are shims needed to use this boot with Dynafits? Thanks.
Most definitely -- the new Gotamas are super fun skied tele. I have Voile SwitchBacks on mine, with boot center positioned at the -1cm line. I am very happy with this mounting position. Since the 186cm Gotama is a fairly heavy ski, you would probably get more out of it by mounting Hammerheads, but the SwitchBacks are much nicer for touring and they seem adequate for controlling the ski in powder (I haven't skied this setup in anything else).
I have the 190cm Katanas (2009/10) and the 186cm Gotamas (also 2009/10). They are almost exactly the same length. I originally got the next shorter Katanas but returned them because I thought they would be too short.