Test / Review Nordica Dobermann Spitfire PRO EVO + N PRO P.R. EVO

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The Nordica Dobermann Spitfire Pro-N Pro Evo is some sort of an hybrid ski in the Expert category in the race range as the Spitfire EDT-N Pro Evo is in the Pro category. The idea is similar using a wide profile for a race ski and the same time it is focused on quite short radius turns, although the longest size falls in the middle of GS and SL skis for the general public.

Nordica Dobermann Spitfire PRO EVO + N PRO P.R. EVO © Nordica – Tecnica Group S.P.A.

Nordica Dobermann Spitfire PRO EVO + N PRO P.R. EVO
© Nordica – Tecnica Group S.P.A.

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. The profile shape starts with 126 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 you can see the shortest sizes do resemble to an SL ski and the two longer ones are closer to the GS. That said, they are all focused on short turns, keep that in mind.

As for technologies Nordica has given the Nordica Dobermann Spitfire Pro-N Pro Evo a valuable aspect leaving the two best pillars such as the Frontside Camrock and the Evo Energy 2 Titanium but getting rid of the high end binding-plate interface which gives place to the “second” best, the Evo CT.

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.

Finally we find the Evo CT which is the binding-plate interface. This particular model is a “simple” one but has all the goodies everybody wants from a well-known manufacturer. One of the highlights is the binding adjustment easiness. No tools and no big efforts are needed to adjust this skis to a new boot size. So if you want to share this ski you will be able to do so without the fear of having an adjustment problem. That said, keep in mind you will have to adjust the binding DIN (now you really need a tool) for each individual skiing on these planks.

So… if you’ve read all the lines above you may be wondering: “what’s the difference between the Nordica Dobermann Spitfire Pro-N Pro Evo and the Spitfire EDT-N Pro Evo?”.

The answer is easy. The binding-plate interface. The one mounted in the Spitfire EDT-N Pro Evo makes more sense since it is in the same thinking line as the rest of the ski. Why? Well, the best technologies you can offer do work better if you mix them together. If you pull out one of the best and use the “second” best in substitution, it is easy to fall short. But hey, look at the price!


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