Out of all the skis I could have chosen, this year, I chose to go for the fattest, most rockered, beefiest, ski I could handle. That ski, my friends, is the new 2013 Icelantic Nomad RKR. If you’ve ever skied Icelantic skis before, you know that the construction is bulletproof. Honestly I feel like I could drive my SUV over these guys and still have just as spring-y a ski. This year, they’re even more resilient with the Carbonium topsheet. With throwing these guys in the back of my truck, carting them around the resort parking lots, and in-and-out of the office (who leaves their skis at home after all?), there aren’t any scratches on top. The bases are pretty durable too. Even with pretty bare conditions so far, these guys still look good.
But we haven’t even talked about how they ski! If I could put it in one word, it would be ridiculous. No, I mean they are “ridiculous.” That’s the word I would choose. One day I took them out on some fresh snow, forgoing my beloved snowboard to give the 105mm underfoot fatty pow ski a try. All day long I was hooting over how fun they were. People on the chair above were jealous I’m sure. These skis pop pop popped over all the bumps made by other riders and made the easiest pow turns ever. The RKR (I’m talking rocker, friends) is unbeatable. I’d describe it as a long slow rise in the tip and tail which is perfect for that surfy, floaty feel. On the days when I’ve only been able to jet across groomed runs, these bad boys make me feel like an ex-racer. I roll my ankles and I’m up on edge. Its the easiest ski that I’ve encountered so far to do that with. I definitely recommend this ski if you are an intermediate hoping to advance, an expert, or a snowboarder who also skis.