Access fields of untouched powder on the Nordica Hell and Back skis.
If you love to ski on and off piste, and you occasionally hike for your turns, these skis will move to the front of your lineup
98mm waist offers stable flotation in soft powder and helps you stay above crud and crusty snow
Flexible wood and composite core produces a ski that's lightweight and easy to use while hiking, yet provides responsive power on fast descents
Nordica Hell and Back skis feature an early rise tip that resists diving into deep snow and makes it easy to initiate turns
Tip rocker extends 340 - 400mm from snow contact point depending on ski length
Standard camber underfoot enhances maneuverability on groomers and variable snow
Large sidecut radius is designed to excel when heading off-piste
Requires bindings with wide brakes
Base or topsheet color may vary from online photo
Recommended rider weights are a general guideline. Please keep in mind that additional factors can affect which size will best suit your needs. If you have questions regarding ski and snowboard sizing, please contact us at 1-800-426-4840.
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Comments about Nordica Hell and Back Skis - Men's - 2012/2013:
I'm 5'10" 160 male very aggressive skiier..I grew up racing and like a ski with a strong side-wall and the ability to hold an edge and rip turns. Most of the skiing I do now is in the back bowls, tree lines, cliff lines, and groomers - I need a ski that I can navigate in no-fall zones and also charge thru the crud with. The Hell N Back is this ski for me. Plus, once I'm back on the groomers heading down to the poma, these things lay and hold a strong edge right thru my turns. They're like a fat version of my GS 185's I skiied, but lighter. I don't know how Nordica did it - I push on these skiis and they push right back at me. I love that. The early-rise is really accomodating for setting turns in tight places, and keeps me afloat in the deep.
Other skiis I would consider in this category: Volkl Mantra. I found the Mantra's to be too strong for me (honestly) - my legs were dead after an AM of hard skiing, and I found the metal-top sheet a bit too stiff and unaccomodating for setting tight turns in trees. Hell N Backs have a great balance of strength and response for me.
For reference, I have skiied the 2011-12 Hell N Backs mounted with Rossi FKS 155 bindings: Alta, UT Crested Butte, CO Sugarbush, VT Stowe, VT
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend