Nordica Announces New 22/23 Unleashed Skis

Nordica Announces New 22/23 Unleashed Skis, BLISTER
Nordica Unleashed skis in action (photo by Nordica / Simon Rainer)

Today Nordica announced a brand-new collection of skis, the Unleashed series.

In short, these skis are designed to be the more playful, maneuverable, off-piste-oriented counterparts to the Enforcer and Santa Ana series. They also serve as the replacements for the long-standing Soul Rider series, which has been a Blister favorite for over a decade (!).

The Unleashed collection consists of three unisex models and two women-specific models: 90, 90 W, 98, 98 W, and 108. They’ll be available this season from select Nordica dealers, and more widely available for the 2022-2023 season.

The Unleashed skis look a bit more like the Enforcers / Santa Anas than the Soul Riders, with a slightly more tapered tip and tail shape (relative to the Soul Riders) and deeper rocker lines. On that note, it’s interesting that the Unleashed skis actually have shallower rocker lines and a steeper, more abrupt rise to the tips and tails than the Enforcer / Santa Ana skis. Typically, we’d expect the more playful ski to have deeper rocker lines, but Nordica says the Unleashed skis’ tip profiles provide “more tip initiation and deflection in soft snow” while their more turned-up tail makes them “easier to swivel and break free while also offering a more favorable setup for riding switch.”

As for core construction, the Unleashed 98, 98 W, and 108 all feature a construction that looks a bit like a blend between that of the Enforcer, Santa Ana, and Soul Rider skis. The three widest Unleashed skis have a poplar / beech wood core, carbon / fiberglass laminate, and a single layer of Nordica’s “Terrain Specific Metal.” This is essentially a layer of titanal that is thinner around the middle of the ski and then extends nearly edge-to-edge at the tips and tails, with the goal of making the ski easy to bend and manipulate through the cambered portion, but then more stable at the rockered portions. This layer of metal also differs in size and shape between models, with narrower skis having more metal and wider ones having a bit less. The widest three Unleashed skis also feature Nordica’s “True Tip” construction, which has the wood core extending farther toward the tips and tails than is typical, with the goal of reducing swing weight (relative to skis with big plastic tip spacers in those areas).

Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed Construction (98, 98 W, & 108)

The Unleashed 90 and 90 W are more budget-oriented skis “for younger up and coming skiers” and they do not feature the metal layer or True Tip construction, but still feature a wood core and carbon / fiberglass laminate.

We’re very excited to get on these new skis and will report back with any updates in the future. In the meantime, here’s more info on the Unleashed skis, courtesy of Nordica:

What Nordica says about the Unleashed collection:

“Built for the modern freeskier, Nordica’s Unleashed collection is perfect for those who spend their days off trail in the woods and chasing pow. With an emphasis on versatility, these skis provide the perfect blend of playfulness and performance, enabling you to transform the entire mountain into your playground. Their rockered tip and tail profile easily handles diverse terrain and variable conditions. And to further boost your confidence, they pair a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrain-specific metal, which enhances edge hold and dampens vibrations for an especially smooth ride. If you view groomers as nothing more than how you get to the terrain you truly want to ski, the Unleashed is your soulmate. Your best days are yet to come—chase them down and turn loose your creativity with Nordica’s Unleashed.”

Nordica Unleashed 108

Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 108
Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 108 — Rocker Profile

High fives and good times come standard with Nordica’s Unleashed 108. Built for the modern freeskier, it loves deep days and big terrain. Yet this daily driver is also at home in the trees and bumps thanks to a rocker profile that offers exceptional versatility. To elevate your confidence, the Unleashed 108 pairs a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrain-specific metal. This enhances edge hold and dampens vibration for an especially smooth ride. Armed with traditional camber underfoot, the Unleashed 108 offers excellent response and plenty of pop. And its early rise tip and tail provide flotation on deep days and give you the freedom to approach any terrain and every turn with creativity. Playful and powerful, Nordica’s Unleashed 108 transforms the entire mountain into your canvas.

Sizes (cm): 174 – 180 – 186 – 191
Weight (g): 2120 (186cm)
Sidecut (mm): 139,5-108-128,5 (174) / 140,5-108-129,5 (180) / 141-108-130 (186) / 142-108-131 (191)
Radius (m): 18.3, 19, 19.7, 20.5

Nordica Unleashed 98

Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 98
Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 98 — Rocker Profile

Whether slashing pow, ripping bumps, or snaking through the trees, Nordica’s Unleashed 98 is at home anywhere. Built for the modern freeskier, it offers a playful ride without sacrificing performance. To boost your confidence, the Unleashed 98 pairs a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrain-specific metal. This design enhances edge hold and dampens vibrations for an especially smooth ride. Its rocker profile easily handles any terrain and all conditions and for exceptional response and plenty of pop, the Unleashed 98 sports traditional camber underfoot. Its early rise tip and tail provide floatation on deep days and are at home buttering around the mountain. And thanks to its wide waist, the Unleashed 98 offers tremendous versatility, making it the perfect daily driver. Roam wild and free with Nordica’s Unleashed 98.

Sizes (cm): 168 – 174 – 180 – 186
Weight (g): 2040 (186cm)
Sidecut (mm): 131-98-120 (168) / 132-98-121 (174) / 133-98-122 (180) / 134-98-123 (186)
Radius (m): 16.7, 17.4, 18.1, 18.8

Nordica Unleashed 90

Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 90
Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 90 — Rocker Profile

Set yourself free with Nordica’s Unleashed 90. Designed for up-andcoming rippers, this modern freeski is as playful as it is versatile. To boost the confidence of younger skiers, it features a full wood core with a vertical sidewall. This design enhances edge hold while offering a smooth ride that maximizes performance. Its rocker profile is at home no matter the terrain or conditions. And for exceptional stability and plenty of pop, the Unleashed 90 sports traditional camber underfoot. Its early rise tip and tail provide floatation on deep days and give you the freedom to play with style. Dream big and be you with Nordica’s Unleashed 90.

Sizes (cm): 144 – 152 – 160 – 168 – 174
Weight (g): 1300 (152)
Sidecut (mm): 120-90-109 (144) / 121-90-110 (152) / 122-90-111 (160) / 123-90-112 (168) / 124-90-113 (174)
Radius (m): 13.2, 14.3, 15.4, 16.6, 17.4

Nordica Unleashed 98 W

Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 98 W
Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 98 W — Rocker Profile

Be brave, be bold, and be you with Nordica’s Unleashed 98 W. Refined for the modern freeskier, this female-driven design is as playful as it is versatile. And because it’s equally at home exploring deep snow, bumps, and trees, it’s the perfect daily driver for adventurous skiers. To amplify your confidence, it pairs a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrainspecific metal. This design boosts edge hold and dampens vibrations for an especially smooth ride. Its rocker profile thrives in any terrain and all conditions while the traditional camber underfoot offers exceptional response and plenty of pop. And an early rise tip and tail provide additional floatation and love to play around the mountain. Break freeand never look back-with Nordica’s Unleashed 98 W.

Sizes (cm): 156 – 162 – 168 – 174
Weight (g): 1760 (168)
Sidecut (mm): 129-98-118 (156) / 130-98-119 (162) / 131-98-120 (168) / 132-98-121 (174)
Radius (m): 15.3, 16, 16.7, 17.4

Nordica Unleashed 90 W

Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 90 W
Nordica Announces new Unleashed series of skis; Blister discusses
Nordica Unleashed 90 W — Rocker Profile

Break free with Nordica’s Unleashed 90 W. Powerful and playful, this modern freeski is especially versatile. Whether chasing powder or exploring the bumps and trees, it’s perfect for women who view the entire mountain as their canvas. To boost your confidence, it pairs a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrain-specific metal. This design enhances edge hold while dampening vibrations for an especially smooth ride. Its rocker profile is at ease in any terrain and all conditions. For exceptional pop and response, it features traditional camber underfoot. And an early rise tip and tail provide additional floatation and excel at buttering around the mountain. Live free and live fully with Nordica’s Unleashed 90 W.

Sizes (cm): 144 – 152 – 160 – 168
Weight (g): 1300 (152)
Sidecut (mm): 120-90-109 (144) / 121-90-110 (152) / 122-90-111 (160) / 123-90-112 (168)
Radius (m): 13.2, 14.3, 15.4, 16.6

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9 comments on “Nordica Announces New 22/23 Unleashed Skis”

  1. How does the 98W compare to the Nordica Nemesis (W) from a few years (+?) ago? It was a 98 waist, and lightweight. worked well for small women.

  2. Is this the ski I’ve been looking for? I’m in the market for a +/- 100 underfoot ski to fit between my enforcer 88s and Atris. I want it to be versatile to use when it’s not high and dry (like it’s been in UT for the last 30 days) or super deep. I’d previously been considering an enforcer 100 (I’m an enforcer partisan), rustler 10, or wailer 100 RP. Seems that this ski might combine the attributes of those others into a single package.

    Now where to test…

    • I demo’s the 108 today at Lake Louise. 3 inches overnight mountain had varied conditions.

      My quick take:

      – moguls feel like you’re using a cheat code. This was the standout feature for me.
      – loves to pop off everything
      – not the best through rough chop at high speeds.
      – for a twin freestyle ski I had fun carving it but didn’t blow my mind.

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