Test / Review Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EVO EDT + N PRO X-Cell EVO

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Yes, you read it right. This is a review of the Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO. It should be simply called the Nordica Spitfire Pro but someone at Nordica went off the rails one day and added a few letters here and there. The result is a mess but if they don’t care it’s up to them. They sell this stuff, not me.

The Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO is the only model we’ll review here at skireviewer.com since it is the only civilized model in the Race Pro range. The other two are the two FIS models, one GS and one SL. And they are not skis for the general public whatsoever. The only left model is this one.

Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EVO EDT + N PRO X-Cell EVO © Nordica – Tecnica Group S.P.A.

Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EVO EDT + N PRO X-Cell EVO
© Nordica – Tecnica Group S.P.A.

It is some sort of an hybrid since it’s not very wide nor narrow but the profile is quite deep so we’ll find short radius turns coming out of this model. So it could be described as a high profile, high performance overall ski which does everything quite good but does not stand for anything in particular. As many of these kind of skis it is relatively easy to engage the edge and when pushed with decision round carved turns will come to fruition.

The size offering is a bit short. The 152cm offer is too short and it lacks of a longer model beyond the 180 cm being the longest size available at 176cm. The available sizes are: 152 cm, 160, 168 cm and 176 cm. Modern skiers need assistance and making short, easy to handle skis is a good idea. But in the Pro section the brands should me not so benevolent at times. The shortest size should be excluded favoring the entrance of one model around the 182 cm. Aren’t we Pro skiers? So let’s be it.

The profile shape starts with 124 mm for the tip, continued by 74 mm for the waist and finishes at 109 mm in the tail. The end result is a static radius of 12 m for the 152cm size and just 15.5 m for the top one.

As for technologies Nordica hasn’t come short with the Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO. A name like this should be considered a feature by its own. Impossible to pronounce because it is impossible to remember it may have been a grand source of jokes from all kinds in the factory between the employees. Frank tells Johny: “Hey Johny, where do I put the Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO? Next to the Dobermann GSR EDT-N Power EVO or is it better to put them next to the Dobermann Spitfire CA-N ADV P.R.EVO? I just ask to avoid confusions.” Johny answers: “Put them on to the pile and stop confusing me. Some are blue and some are red so follow the color and you’ll be fine”. So yes, if you wanted exclusivity you’ve found it in Nordica. No one will really know what pair of skis you own even though they are Nordica. That’s quite probably the only thing that anyone will remember from your equipment.

The rest of the technologies are the Frontside Camrock (Rapid Race Profile), the Evo Energy 2 Titanium and the EVO R CT EDT GF (this is just one feature name made of many letters which someone would guess they respond to several concatenated recursive acronyms but in fact they stand for nothing but for bothering you and me).

The Frontside Camrock is Nordica’s interpretation of the rocker technology. It is more of the same concept but to a very limited degree. The raised part of the ski is quite short, but it is enough to facilitate the edge engaging at the turn entry. Ninety percent of the ski uses the traditional race camber which is desired in any race ski. So the Frontside Camrock will help the Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO get into every turn easily while being sporty ski.

Now let’s talk about the Evo Energy 2 Titanium. It is one of the easiest technologies to explain. Many race skis have metal layers across their length. This particular model has two. If you are interested in skis constructions take a second look at the picture Nordica shows to explain this. Yes, this ski is made under the classic sandwich construction. What did you expect?

Finally comes the EVO R CT EDT GF technology. Nothing but a plastic toy. When Atomic came up with the idea of superposed plastic arms on top of the skis some people found it cool. This is like if many people would have agreed on the idea of having a massive spoiler on any car’s rear was a good one. So yes, other manufacturers have come with that too and now they have their own version of car spoilers for racing skis. The technology name is in accordance to its functionality and purpose. If you liked it you can always read what the brand has to say about it: “Engineered specifically for the GSR EDT, this plate shares many of the race performance characteristics of our word cup plate while also integrating our CT system for easy and safe sole length adjustment. Combined with our EDT technology, which consists of two free-floating carbon fiber torsion plates that extend out from both the front and back of the EVO plate, the result is a smooth and accessible longitudinal flex pattern with the torsional rigidity of a World Cup race ski.” In other words: conventional marketing. Yummy!

If we forget about the last paragraph we can put some light on. The Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO incorporates Marker plate and bindings. This plate is very similar to those found in any major manufacturer top range. Attached to the ski with some fix screws it also has some floating ones to let the ski freely flex when needed. It also has a very handy feature. With no tools you an easily change the foot bed size so you can adjust it to many boot sizes.

The final conclusion is: The Nordica Dobermann Spitfire EDT-N Pro EVO is a very good ski for those seeking a tool for everything under any condition and their taste is always “racing style”. Spoiler included.


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