Nordica Steadfast 85 DC FDT

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Steadfast 85 DC FDT ski test
Steadfast 85 DC FDT ski


162, 168, 174, 179


137-85-116 @ 179


16m @ 179

Best for:

Any skier who likes to leave trenches, whether they’re skiing groomers or ripping down bump lines.

Compare with:

Dynastar M-Cross 88, Völkl Kendo 88, Rossignol Experience 86 Ti

 It took some testers a few runs to figure this ski out but once that happened they slid back into the test pit with smiles on their faces. “Great all-rounder,” said Mark Arsenault. “Easy to carve, fun in the trees.” The Steadfast replaces the Navigator as Nordica’s narrower all-mountain ski. The three-ski family uses the same construction as the Spitfire: a sandwich of wood with rubber and Titanal layers as the filling. It makes this ski stiff, solid and damp. It was a pleasure to carve on groomers or charge through slush and chopped-up powder. The slightly forward sweet spot means the ski isn’t intuitive but it makes up for that in versatility. More rocker and a rounded tail eases up on the edge hold compared to the Spitfire, which comes in handy for sliding through bumps and skidding on the steeps. “It’s an awesome everything ski,” reported Nigel Harrison. “Wide enough for pow and crud, skinny enough to knife the groomers.”  

Ryan Stuart
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