The carving scene is alive and well thanks to skis like the 2020 Nordica Dobermann Spitfire 76. This on-trail carving machine has all the tools necessary to lay down some serious arcs out there on the corduroy. As a more accessible version of the race-room skis, this one has the same wood core with two sheets of metal. The metal is mainly over the edges, so it provides a ton of precision without making the skis super stiff and/or heavy. The carbon race bridge lightens the ski and makes it easier to turn and carve no matter how hard the snow is underfoot. At 76 mm in the waist, these skis have some serious grip. Additionally, the full-camber profile holds tight to the snow from tip to tail. You’ll get a ton of energy coming out of the turn, so for skiers who love arcing turns with the best of them, this is a fantastic option. At 175 cm length, the skis have a 16-meter turn radius, so they definitely prefer to be on edge. Our testers all scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for overall impression, so that’s a good indication that this is a ski that should not be overlooked.
Marcus Shakun skied the 174, but would have been better off on the longest length, the 180. The low score for flotation is quite understandable, as this is not a powder ski by any stretch of the imagination. Forgiveness and versatility both got 3.5’s, and that, too, is understandable given the stiff and one-dimensional nature of the ski. But everything else got a 5, so Nordica’s clearly doing something right. Marcus notes the ski’s “short and playful turns and medium to medium-velocity turns are what make this a super-versatile front side carver. They have lots of energy and pop in and out of every turn.” Marcus would peg these skis as best suited “for an advanced or expert skier that loves a wild and playful ski that does a little bit of everything.” Marcus also notes a limitation, pointing out that his “nag here is it doesn’t make a long turn.”
James Stewart, also on the 174, gave top marks for torsional stiffness, edge hold, and of course, overall impression. Like Marcus, he gave lower scores for flotation, forgiveness, and versatility, and these low scores are unsurprising. From James: “This is a super high-performance carving ski for those pure groomer days. It makes automatic 16-meter turns all the way down the hill, but they’re not too hard to handle if you’re not feeling like Mikaela.” It’s nice to note that you can get race-like performance while not being on a race ski.
Mike Thomas found the 174 to be short, as the 180 would be the proper size for him. His top marks were for quickness, maneuverability, edge hold, and overall impression. Low scores for flotation, forgiveness, and versatility carried through to Mike’s scorecard, showing that our testers were pretty darn consistent with their findings and impressions. As intended, “this ski rips groomers like a knife through warm butter. Silky-smooth, plenty of power but still playful. It’s a great combo for a hard-snow charger.”
It’s pretty impressive to read through these test sheets and see patterns emerge. With a ski like the Dobermann Spitfire 76, those patterns show up quickly and are pretty consistent. This implies that the skis are more one-dimensional (like this one). Skis tend to be more versatile if their scores are more linear. For skiers looking to dominate the front side of the mountain, so that when we’re having a rough patch of weather without snow, this thing should be the first ski out of your car.