Ski: 2019-2020 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm
Available Lengths: 161, 171, 181, 191 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 188.3 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2177 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2165 & 2219 grams
Stated Dimensions: 140-105-130 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 145.4-111.2-135.4 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (191 cm): 22 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 65 mm / 59 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm
Core: Poplar/Paulownia + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: Sintered DuraSurf 4001
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.95 cm from center; 85.2 cm from tail
Last year we reviewed the Icelantic Nomad 115 and Nomad 105 Lite, and came away with very positive impressions. But we hadn’t reviewed their standard Nomad 105, which Icelantic says is not only the foundation of their Nomad Freeride collection, but also their best-selling ski.
We now have the updated 19/20 Nomad 105 (and the women’s Maiden 101), so let’s take a closer look at the Nomad 105 to see how it compares to the rest of the market.
What Icelantic says about the new 19/20 Nomad Freeride collection
“Freeriding is about having FUN and that’s why we developed the Nomad Freeride Collection, to have fun! Featuring the NEW Hybrid Flight Core, the Nomads are lighter and more poppy than ever, turning every mountain into your personal playground. Whether you like popping around the park, playing on natural features, or bounding through the deepest POW, we have a Nomad just for you!”
Alright, so the key takeaway here is that the Nomads are supposed to be fun. I like Icelantic’s copy here — they’re not talking about crazy new tech or saying that these skis are supposed to be radically different than anything else out there. Instead, these skis are just supposed to be fun, which is really what skiing is all about.
Icelantic is highlighting the Nomads’ playfulness, which makes sense, given what we’ll talk about in the next section. And the big update for 19/20 is that all of the Nomad’s (95, 105, 115, and 125) will feature a new, lighter, and supposedly poppier poplar / paulownia core, rather than the full poplar core in the current collection. This core update will also transfer over to the women’s Maiden Freeride collection, which previously had Albus cores.
Shape / Rocker Profile
All of the Nomad skis have pretty traditional shapes in that they have wide tips and tails, and very minimal taper. Compared to a lot of other all-mountain and all-mountain-freestyle skis, the Nomad 105 has a lot less taper.
But the Nomad 105’s rocker profile is less traditional — it has fairly deep rocker lines, low camber, and a high, twinned tail. While its mount point and shape put it more in line with more traditional, directional all-mountain skis, the Nomad 105’s rocker profile is more similar to all-mountain-freestyle skis. That’s an interesting aspect of the Nomad 105 — combining elements of more directional and more playful skis — and we think it’ll be a key characteristic to keep in mind during our testing.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Nomad 105:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
This is another area where the Nomad 105 seems to tread the line between directional and playful skis.
The Nomad 105’s tips and tails are quite soft, and they feel pretty much identical in terms of stiffness. But the Nomad 105’s overall flex pattern feels pretty directional — its front half stiffens up slower than its back half. The ramp-up in flex is very smooth and gradual, but the back of the ski is noticeably stiffer than the front.
Overall, the Nomad 105’s flex pattern is pretty average compared to the whole market — it’s not crazy soft, and it’s not crazy stiff.
It’s worth quickly noting that the 191 cm Nomad 105 is not really a “105.” Our pair measures just over 111 mm underfoot, which is in line with what we noticed with the old 191 cm Nomad 105 Lite. The shorter lengths of the Nomad 105 reportedly come in closer to 105 mm underfoot, but if you’re interested in the 191, know that it’s going to come in around 111 mm underfoot.
Despite its twinned tail, the Nomad 105 has a traditional mount point of around -9 cm from center. That said, we ended up really liking the Nomad 105 Lite and Nomad 115 (which had similar recommended mount points) with the bindings pushed forward. So we’ll definitely be playing around with the mount point of the Nomad 105 during our testing.
The old, full-poplar-core Nomad 105 has a stated weight of 2312 grams for the 191 cm version. While it now has a lighter core, the 19/20 Nomad 105 isn’t some crazy light ski. At around 2200 grams per ski for the 191 cm version, the Nomad 105 is on the slightly heavier end of the spectrum compared to the rest of the market. Since Icelantic makes the lighter, backcountry-oriented Nomad 105 Lite, I’m perfectly happy with them keeping some weight in the inbounds-oriented Nomad 105.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try and keep things apples-to-apples.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1898 & 1893 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (18/19)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm (18/19)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The Nomad 105 combines elements of more directional skis with other elements from more playful skis. So how will directional skiers get along with it, and will more freestyle-oriented skiers still like it, too?
(2) On a similar note, how will the Nomad 105 respond to different mount points, and the different skiing style correlated to them?
(3) The Nomad 105 sits in an often versatile width category, so how well would it work as a 1-ski quiver, and does it stand out in any particular condition, or is it more of a jack-of-all-trades?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Icelantic Nomad 105 takes a fairly traditional shape, weight, and mount point with a more modern, freestyle-oriented rocker profile. We’ll be getting the Nomad 105 on snow soon, so stay tuned for updates.
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