2023 Nordica Spitfire 80

Ski Stats

Sidecut 130/80/110
Radius 16m @ 174cm
Lengths 156,162,168,174,180
Weight 2215g @ 174cm
MSRP $949.99
Power Score: 8.72
Finese Score: 8.27
When Nordica was finding its feet as a ski brand, it earned its first critical acclaim and commercial foothold with its collection of carving skis. In the current market, the runaway success of Nordica’s Enforcer series has pushed its Frontside Spitfire models into the shadows, an unfortunate byproduct of Nordica’s ascendance into the first rank of ski makers. No single ski can change American skiers’ infatuation with wide, off-trail models, but the Dobermann Spitfire 80 RB would gladly volunteer for the job. “Easy turning and forgiving,” notes Bobo’s Theron Lee. “Feels like a western Frontside ski, able to handle soft snow as well as hard. Good energy feedback but not overly damp. Suitable for intermediates up to and including Frontside speed addicts.” The tip-to-tail camber line on the Spitfire 80 RB creates an instant connection at the top of the turn and releases energy at the bottom with a peppy pop. “A great dynamic performer,” assesses Start Haus’ Jim Schaffner. “I could have a blast all day on groomers with this one.” You might think its race-style plate would make the Spitfire 80 an unmanageable hellion in low-depth crud, but the opposite is true. By stiffening the ski, the plate also stiffens its resolve to kick the crap out of whatever is in its way. If your plan for the Spitfire is to crush high-speed groomers in the early morning and you have the skills to commit your hips to the turn, the plate defangs all vibrations that might perturb your blazing descent. To get full value out of the Spitfire 80, it pays dividends to be skilled. Pay heed to the remarks of Corty Lawrence, who is the epitome of the strong, technical skier: “80mm is a good width – versatile yet still agile and playful. Like all Nordicas, you need to be lord and master,” by which he means you better be in charge or else the ski will be. Jim Schaffner, also powerful technician, summarizes his perception of the Spitfire 80 as, “A very playful experience, very easy to ski. A very good Frontside super-ski.”
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