2018 Nordica Astral 84 Women's Skis 2018 Nordica Astral 84 Women's Skis

2018 Nordica Astral 84 Women’s Skis

The Nordica Astral 84 is a brand new ski for 2018 and sits right in the middle of the Astral line of all mountain skis. These skis are aligned with the men’s Navigator series and share a lot of technology. Specific for women, however, is a super lightweight balsa wood core. This keeps the overall weight of the ski impressively low despite it also using Nordica’s metal Torsion Bridge laminate. This is the same metal laminate we see in the Navigator series that was inspired by the previous NRGY collection. Instead of a full sheet of metal Nordica strategically removes geometric shapes leaving a web or bridge of metal running across the ski. The shape of the Astral skis is a combination of a tip shape from their Santa Ana skis and the tail of a carving ski, resulting in versatile performance rooted in strong carving.

Kristi Brown was very impressed by the Astral 84. She gave it 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and versatility. Kristi had a profound statement that “the Astral 84 has transcending qualities that make you feel like a hero skier.” We think that’s an awesome way to describe a ski, Kristi! We think part of it comes from the gorgeous light blue color, but the Astral 84 is more ski than meets the eye. Kristi thought it was “a perfect blend of ease and stability with a bonus of being a lightweight ski.” That’s really what a lot of us look for in an all mountain ski: relatively light, relatively easy to ski, but solid stability.

Karly Acker described the Astral 84 as “consistent. It’s a fun ski that can make short to long radius turns. It’s not super easy, but not extremely difficult to change radius.” Karly found the Astral 84 performed best for her on groomed slopes. The flatter tail (when compared to their Santa Ana skis) gives it a snappier, more responsive feel when linking carving turns on firm snow. Kristi would “recommend (the ski) for a woman who enjoys groomers.”

Carly Monahan skied the 165 cm length and had a similar reaction to Kristi in terms of the ski surprising her with a stronger, more stable feel than she expected. “It felt surprisingly stable given the width and lightness. I was hesitant to trust it at first and let it rip, but the ski was there and plenty solid.” Carly’s experience on the Astral 84 aligns pretty perfectly to how Nordica describes the ski. Carly found it to have a “versatile turn shape” and thought it can “carve, smear, and cut through crud.” That sounds pretty good to us! After all, what more can you ask for out of an 84 mm all mountain ski?

Caroline Kessler also had a good time on the Astral 84, calling it a “fun all mountain ski.” She thought it had a “fairly small turning radius (she’s right – it’s 14 m at 158 cm length), but could hold an edge at higher speeds. Best on groomers. Not very floaty, but a very confident, stable ski.” While we agree that the Astral 84 is “best on groomers,” we don’t want to take away from the fact that it does have strong performance around the rest of the mountain as well. Caroline was also on the 165 cm ski.

The Astral 84 is a great addition to Nordica’s lineup. It offers another all mountain option that has very strong ability on groomers. It provides the skier with snappy, responsive performance on firm snow in a relatively lightweight package, while the 84 mm waist width and tip rocker allows you to venture into more variable snow conditions without feeling too held back. It’s a fun one, for sure!

Testers

Carly Monahan Ski Tester Headshot Image

Carly Monahan

Age: 32Height: 5'4"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Athletic and active, but laid back

Kristi Brown Ski Tester Headshot Image

Kristi Brown

Age: 48Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Karly Acker Ski Tester Headshot Image

Karly Acker

Age: 25Height: 5'9"Weight: 145 lbs.

Ski Style: Retired racer who loves to rip steeps

Chloe Wexler Ski Tester Headshot Image

Chloe Wexler

Age: 26Height: 5'4"Weight: 115 lbs.

Ski Style: Ripping mogul skier, very precise, hard to keep up with

Caroline Kessler Ski Tester Headshot Image

Caroline Kessler

Age: 22Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

15 Comments on the “2018 Nordica Astral 84 Women’s Skis”

  1. Hi,

    I’m thinking about this ski for my daughter, and would like to take advantage of some end of season pricing since she is just about full grown. She is an advancing intermediate who is beginning to progress to harder runs. We will do about 80% blues/20% blacks when we ski together, almost entirely in the Pacific NW on groomed runs. She likes cruising and generally does intermediate length turns. Based on the review, this seems like a good ski for that level and type of skiing. She’s a little tricky for me to figure out a length, though. She’s very tall (6’0″) but quite light for the height (about 130 lbs). Of course, she will be a few pounds heavier next year, but her mom topped out at 6’1″ and she’s not expected to grow much more. So I’m wondering if she would be better off on the 165 or 172. I suspect she would outgrow the 165 pretty quickly. Also, any other skis that you might suggest?

    Thanks, Tom

    1. Hi Tom!
      Great ski choice! There’s a lot to like about the Astral 84 for sure. The Volkl Yumi comes to mind as a comparison, but the Astral’s a great ski. Tricky sizing for sure! She could ski either size based on her height/weight, so it comes down to aggressiveness. If she’s charging and going fast, she’ll appreciate the extra stability of the 172, but if she’s more mellow and makes shorter-swing turns, then the 165 would be more appropriate. Again, either size is fine, just depends on the skier’s aggressiveness. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Interested in knowing how you would compare the Astral 84 to the Head Total Joy. Looking at some skis for my daughters. They are intermediate/advanced – ski probably 65-70% on piste but are getting more and more into the bumps and some backside bowls. They are both around 5’4 and 120 lbs.

    1. Hi Eric!
      I’m a huge fan of the Astral/Navigator series. The Head’s are great skis, but they’re on the light side. Skiers who are looking for really light skis will love the Total Joy, but for a bit more substance, the Astral is the way to go. Sounds like they are improving as well, so the higher performance ski is probably the right choice. For length, I’d recommend either the 144 or the 151 depending on the level of aggressiveness. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. I rented the Saloman Qst Lux 92 the last two times we were in Fernie,BC. I am 5’2” about 130 pounds and I skied the 153. I really like the Saloman but I feel it is to long. I am considering the Nordica Astral 84 in the 144 length for our next trip. I would consider myself a intermediate. I really don’t like to go fast, not because I can’t, I just prefer to cruise slowly. Do you think the Astral would be a good choice or can you suggest something else.

    1. Hi Kimberly!
      You’ll get better on-piste performance out of the Astral 84. The edge grip and precision of the ski is much different than the QST 92, and I think you’ll really like it. It also comes in an 88, so if you’re looking for a bit more flotation, that’s another option, but overall the Astral series is a bit more stable and with better carving performance than the QST Lux 92. Hope that helps!
      SE

  4. Hi! I’m considering purchasing this ski and would value your opinion. I am 5’10” (178cm), 135 pounds, and I’d consider myself an intermediate skier. I grew up in Colorado but now only ski a few weeks a year so I’m a bit out of practice. I am confident on blue groomers, picking up speed, and working on my confidence going off-path and into powder. I am currently rocking some 2008 Volkl Oceanas (70 at the waist) skis and as you can imagine they just tank in powder. I am curious if you think that increasing to an 84 would be too much of a leap? I’ve also looked at the black pearl 78, the Volkl Yumi 84, and Salomon Muriad 85 as other options. I’ve also been told different recs regarding length. Thinking 163-165cm may be about right? Any advice is appreciated! I live in St. Louis so there aren’t many knowledgeable ski shops.
    Brooke

    1. Hi Brooke!

      I think the Astral 84 will be a great ski for you. You shouldn’t have too much difficulty adjusting to the wider ski. Mid-80 mm under foot is pretty reasonably and still pretty easy to manage. It’s not too challenging to get the ski up on edge with that width, in other words. The Astral 84 also has a great shape for someone of your ability level. The tip shape really helps with turn initiation, then as you continue to build confidence it also holds an edge really well and has good stability at higher speeds. For length, yeah, I think 165 cm is reasonable. If you continue to grow as a skier there might come a day when you would want a longer length, but I don’t think you need to make that jump yet.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  5. I am considering this Nordica Astral 84 for my wife to replace her very old Rossi Passions (69 underfoot). She is a cautious intermediate skier that cruises at medium speeds down groomers, mostly tail slides her turns. 5′ 5 1/2″ (166cm), 130lbs, 155cm to the tip of her nose. Considering the 151cm ski. Thoughts are she doesn’t need length for high speed stability as she never skis fast and the shorter ski should assist with turns. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Ken!

      You’re definitely on the right track here. First, the Astral 84 is a great choice for your wife. It works really well on groomers, and actually really promotes progression and confidence. Feels stable, but turn initiation is also very easy.

      For length, I agree 151 cm will work well for her. A longer length would feel (even if only perception) too long to her, which takes away some of the forgiveness and ease-of-use of the Astral 84. I agree with your thought process, she doesn’t need the stability of a longer ski. It makes much more sense to get a shorter length, and it’s not like 151 cm is so short that they’ll feel unstable or unbalanced.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  6. Hey all, so I’m bringing this over from the Atomic Vantage 85 W thread. Yesterday at Diamond Peak, girlfriend tested the Astral 84 ski and she absolutely loved it. I’ve never seen her actually lay down a carve like she did yesterday. Conditions were crazy mixed; nice groomers, some soft and choppy stuff and by 1pm, SLUSH. She thinks that these have been by far the best ski.

    She skied this in the 151, again, shes 5’2″ 120 and those come up to the bottom of her nose. Again, she is an intermediate that can go a decent speed and is in the process of learning a nice arching carve rather then just slashing out the tail of a ski. With that said, I think she is buying this one since it was confidence inspiring, SO, is it going to make a big difference to go up to the 158? All shops I have found have sold this demo in the 158 so we cannot test it. She does want a ski that will take her well through an advanced frontside level. I’m assuming the 158 will go up to about the middle of her forehead.

    As well, we went back and noted in your reviews that they do not have great float in deeper powder. Does that mean she will have a tough time in deeper stuff on those particular days or will they work fine given her ability level?

    Again, thank you for all the help.

    Tommy

    1. Hi Tommy!

      The Astral 84 is a great ski! In terms of length by my calculations the 158 cm is actually her height, or even slightly taller. In my opinion that might be a little long for her. It sounds like the 151 cm length performed really, really well for her. I don’t expect she’ll “outgrow” the 151 cm anytime soon and the 158 cm feels like it might be a bit tougher for her to handle.

      Anything with a 84 mm waist width isn’t going to float that well in powder, but I think they’re perfectly appropriate for someone her ability level to start developing more ability in powder. If you go straight to a super wide, super rockered powder ski for someone who is still developing their technique it can actually cause some bad habits and kind of gives you a crutch to not learning proper skiing technique in deep snow. I would stick with the Astral 84 as it sounds like it was a great ski for her and then maybe someday down the road you can pick up a wider, more rockered powder ski for her too.

      SE

  7. I rented this ski and loved it. Can’t wait to buy one. I’m older than the rest of the group, (69), and I only get to ski once a year. But it was a good ride, no hesitation with the ski, went from powder to ice, liked the edge. Well rounded ski.

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