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Atomic Backland 117, Icelantic Nomad 115, Line Mordecai
What are the major differences and most distinctive attribute when comparing these skis?
I'm looking for something light-ish, shorter turn radius, playful and surfy for big mountain/tight tree powder, though still partially forgiving and not totally ineffective should I choose to ride it in other conditions.
**This thread was edited on Mar 30th 2018 at 11:10:32pm
Sounds like the Line Mordecai is what you're looking for. The Backlands are great for pow surfing, but on anything else, they are quite simply terrible. The Nomads are great for big mountain runs, but are stiff and not very surfy. I've stuck with the Mordecai's as my quiver ski just because they are surfy but can handle anything I throw at them.
I currently ride Line Mordecai's.
Very light skis (be sure to throw Pivots on them), and the shorter turning radius works perfectly with its playful flex. Perfect for fresh, deep snow and carves like a champion on groomed trails.
However, one drawback I find is it can wash out in icy bumps and firm chop, because it is a fairly soft ski (I have also broken mine in).
Concerning durability, I haven't had any huge issues other than normal wear and tear. A bit of top sheet cracking, but after nearly 3 full seasons, I am surprised how well they have held up.
Overall, one of my favorite skis and would highly recommend.
I ski waist deep pow in the morning and slide rails on the way back to the parking lot on the Mordecai. I love this ski so much that my four ski quiver now consists of Mordecaiís with pivots, and three other skis with tech bindings.
The versatility of that ski is much, much higher than its 114 waist would suggest.
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