The Nordicas are solidly built and can charge, but overall are a more park-exclusive ski than the Blends. They are not as soft as Kieran McVeigh's style would have you convinced; they are moderately stiff from the factory and require breaking in to achieve a similar flex to McSlay's. The Blends on the other hand are a true all-mountain ski that can shred the park. Overall, Line may not make the most durable skis, but the Blends are less pron to issues than other models. I personally would prefer the Blend for its capability in all aspects of riding, but both skis have their pros and cons. If you can find one for significantly less than the other, I would say go for it, as they are both quality skis.