2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 Skis

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Nordica Unleasahed 98 Skis

If there was one word to best describe the Nordica Unleashed 98 skis, it would versatility. AT 98-millimeters underfoot, we like say that is the true sweet spot for all –mountain versatility. For the east of west, this particular waist width is what most skiers use as their go to one-ski quiver. The 98 offers a playful ride while providing superior power for edge grip on hard snow. Construction of the ski uses a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrain-specific metal. This mix provides tremendous edge hold and dampens vibrations to smooth out rough and uneven surfaces beneath you. Its rocker profile eats up variable snow conditions and provides an intuitive feel for playful, slashy skiing. The Unleashed 98 has traditional camber underfoot, providing great edge grip on firm snow and ice. Bumps, steeps, trees its quick turner but can also make long turns as well and be super stable. Its early rise tip and tail provide floatation when you Mother nature delivers a fresh dump that you have been waiting for. The Unleashed 98 offers tremendous versatility, making it the perfect daily driver for any resort. Throw this one pair of skis in your car and you'll be ready for anything that mountain dishes out. Unleash your inner spirit with the Nordica Unleashed 98 skis.


  • Sidecut:134-98-123 mm at 186 cm length
  • Turn Radius: 18.8 meters at 186 cm length
  • Performance Wood Core
  • Terrain-Specific Metal
  • Tip and Tail Rocker
  • Weight: 3.43 Kilograms grams per ski
  • Carbon Chassis
  • True Tip Technology
  • Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers

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2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 Skis

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How does the Unleashed 98 compare to the Rossi Blackops 98 and the Blizzard Rustler 9? I'm currently looking for a new daily driver in that 98-100 waist. Currently ride all three Blizzard Rustlers, love the 10 and 11, but want a more playful yet still willing to charge alternative to my 9's. Thanks!
Question by: Nick on Feb 16, 2022, 7:59 PM
Hi Nick!
Unleashed is snappier and more energetic than Rossi, and is a bit more carvy than the Ruslter. The tip to tail flex of the Unleashed makes it easy to turn, but still has a lot of pop and snap. The most fun part of it is that the Unleashed feels like a high-performance twin tip. Amazingly, the Blackops kind of feels like old technology when you get on something like the Unleashed.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 17, 2022, 5:26 PM
Hi guys!
I currently ski a mindbinder 108ti 179cm as a more directionnal and stable ski. I'm thinking about getting a new pair between 95-100mm that would be more agile and manœuvrable but that can still have a damp freeride feel. I was currently looking at the Unleashed 98, m-free 99 and blackops 98. I'm 5'11, 150lbs. Can you explain the difference between those skis and wich one fit better the style of skis im looking for?
Thanks a lot!
Question by: David on Mar 5, 2022, 9:55 AM
HI David!
Unleashed is the most powerful, damp, and stable of the three, but isn't quite as quick as the M-Free--that one is the most playful and freeride oriented, but lacks the strength of the Unleashed. Blackops is somewhere in the middle--smooth and stable but not with as much energy as Unleashed. Unleashed wants to turn more than Blackops, but not as much as M-Free. To go the most-playful, go M-Free, while the Unleashed has more of a MB108Ti feel to it. Blackops in the middle.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 7, 2022, 9:23 AM
As of right now I am torn between these and the Armada ARV 96. I am a 5'11'' 165 lb pretty athletic advanced - intermediate skier that skis mostly in the Midwest and out west. I love to ski groomers and trees and pretty much anything else on the mountain, including some light park, and am looking for something that could really do it all and be fun in any conditions. Are these skis even really comparable and would you guys have any other recommendations?
Question by: Charlie on Mar 25, 2022, 11:55 PM
HI Charlie!
Both awesome skis, no wrong answer here. The ARV uses denser wood to get the performance and stability while Unleashed uses one sheet of terrain-specific metal, so it more comes down to how the ski feels on the feet. I think the Unleashed is a better carver with more stability and responsiveness, but the ARV is a better park option. For most skiers who are looking to do it all, the Unleashed offers a bit higher of a performance ceiling.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 10:49 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the comparisons so far on carving behavior. How would you rank the unleashed's performance in moguls/trees compared to the similar options (QST 98, m-free 99, blackops holyshred, armada arv96)
Question by: Michael on Apr 13, 2022, 1:20 AM
Hi Michael!

Out of this line up the unleashed is going to sit somewhere in the middle. Skis like the QST and the M-Free 99 have a ton of tip and tail rocker and are lightweight making them more maneuverable in tight trees and easier to control in a pinch. The Unleashed has a fairly long effective edge and a little more weight behind it so its more work in the woods than the QST or M-free, but not as much as the Holyshred and the ARV which have even longer running lengths.

Have fun out there!
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 14, 2022, 10:05 AM
Is this a replacement for the Enforcer line, or is it supposed to be the more playful option next to the Enforcer?
Question by: Chris on Feb 1, 2022, 9:52 AM
Hi Chris!
We're posting an intro video today, but they're taking the spot of the Soul Rider, just with metal and a wider 108 option.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 2, 2022, 5:14 PM
Hey guys! I just demo'd declivity 92 and enforcer 100, obviously very different. Like how the enforcer charged and felt at speed but liked the more playful weight of the declivity. This maybe a kind of in between hitting both of those attributes I liked? 6ft 195lbs. Ski mostly east coast with yearly trip out west. Looking for that one ski quiver! Thanks!!!
Question by: Kevin on Feb 18, 2022, 2:46 PM
HI Kevin!
I really think so, although I wouldn't count out the Declivity for a one-ski quiver, especially if you spend most of your time in the east on smoother terrain. But I think you are correct in that the Unleashed 98 blends the two and does a whole lot of things well, just kind of depends how much time you spend carving/groomer skiing. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 18, 2022, 2:59 PM
Hey guys, appreciate all the reviews always great info. I’ve been skiing now for four years and finally looking to buy some skis. Im been going back and forth between the Salomon QST 98s or the Nordica Unleashed 98s. What would you say the main differences are? Also what do you think would be the better overall one ski quiver?
Question by: Dan on Mar 26, 2022, 12:08 AM
HI Dan!
The Unleashed is MORE of a twin tip, but they still operate much in the same capacity. The metal of the Unleashed and the longer effective edge gives the ski more responsiveness and energy, but it's not as smeary or floaty as the QST. I prefer the Unleashed, but I've always liked having that extra snap in my ski.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 11:01 AM
Hey guys, i am looking at both these and J Skis Masterblaster. I currently own a set of 187cm and 96mm under foot Masterblasters from the original 1996-7 manufacturing run J did and they're nearing the end of their service. The 187cm Masterblaster has an effective edge length of 156cm because of the tip and tail rocker lines, and this is really my only issue with these skis, as they ski switch ok as well. I basically want a twin tip all mountain ski without much, if any, rocker as I prefer the feel of the full length effective edge when carving off XL line park jumps, and I don't feel like rocker is really "necessary" in powder either (unless dropping large cliffs). I spend a fair bit more time on piste and park than in powder, basically because this is really what conditions will dictate where I live, as it is for the vast majority of people really. So a good wedge of traditional camber and longer effective edge makes way more sense. To give a frame of reference the ski I liked the most to date is still the Atomic Theory in a 186cm mounted at team rider recommended. Just the perfect one ski quiver IMO. Very little rocker in tip or tails, loads of traditional camber, stiff and great in all conditions. I am an ex competition racer and freestyler to give a flavour of skier level, and when in park I'm really only interested in big airs, no rails. So which of the two would you say will deliver a longer effective edge and higher performance allrounder? I was also checking out the Armada ARV, but hope the Nordica has a longer effective edge (if you have a measurement for that effective edge length it would be great for both the ARV and Unleashed 98). I wish manufacturers would be more specific about the actual measurements inc effective edge and amounts of rocker, where it starts on the ski etc. It would make buying something online way simpler, as mostly you cannot tell this stuff without actually seeing the ski in person.
Question by: Baz on Apr 7, 2022, 5:48 AM
Hi Baz!

Looking at the ARV and the Unleased the ARV has a longer running length of around 137.6 cm on the 184 length which is about 76% of the ski. The Unleashed 98 is pretty close but slightly shorter with a 140 cm running length on the 186 model which works out to 75% of the ski. Its very close but the ARV has the slightly longer effective edge. The ARV also has a more cambered profile with 10mm of underfoot camber compared to the Unleashed which only has 3mm of underfoot camber. With only a one percent difference between the two you could honestly go either way but based on the numbers the ARV wins out.

Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 13, 2022, 11:15 AM
I am 5' 11' 200 pounds and 65 years old. I have always bought used demos. I have skied with Rossignol Soul 7 184 length for many years. I love skiing them in powder, and the forgiveness and smeary ability, but horrible when running into hard pack ice. I really have to bear down on them to grab an edge. Terrible last season when we got 10 inch of new snow on very icy base where they would nearly blow out on a steep slope. So I switched to my Volkl Mantre M6 102 177 length. Well they are great on the steep groomers. I can keep up with my smoother edging buddy skiing on Nordica Enforcer 100. But, not in the trees, and missing the forgiveness, tail riding ability. They hooked on me. So I am looking for an all mountain ski. I like skiing powder in the trees, but would like to do the turns on groomers, and variable conditions. I used to like the moderate chutes to go down, where I appreciate the quickness, forgiveness of the Soul 7, but that stability of the Volki 102 M6 was welcome. Looking at the Nordica Unleashed 98. But should I be also looking at some other skis?

Question by: Neal Miller on Jun 30, 2022, 8:31 AM
Thanks for your inquiry. We appreciate your business! The Unleashed 98 skis and bindings will provide the more forgiving, versatile and FUN performance your are looking to achieve. We are anticipating the new Nordica to be a hit this season!! Not sure you need to consider any other options to be honest... it will be a great addition to the M6 skis to create a great quiver! Checkout our review of the new Unleashed 98 skis below.
Answer by: Mike Aidala (Admin) on Jul 28, 2022, 10:44 AM
How would these compare to the 2022 Faction Candide 2.0? I'm in the market for a West Coast ~100mm daily driver that is good for ripping groomers but also pivotability and fun in off-piste conditions. Essentially I want something that I can take out on the majority of days and still have a great time, regardless of the conditions.
Question by: Christian Lee on Aug 1, 2022, 8:51 PM
Hi Christian!
Pretty similar in terms of a longer effective edge and round-turning capabilities. I really, really like the metal of the Unleashed as it makes the ski quite smooth and stable. I found the Candide to be a lot of fun for sure, but a different level of performance, and I think that the Nordica has the Enforcer/Santa Ana line to base the build off of lends a lot of credence to the Unleashed. I'd ski it every day everywhere.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert (Admin) on Aug 2, 2022, 8:56 AM

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