2022-2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 W

[Editor’s Note: In the interest of getting you information sooner on some of the products we’re reviewing, we’re posting here some of our measured specs and manufacturer details, and will update in the future. Take a look, and let us know in the Comments Section below what questions you’d like us to answer.]

What Nordica says about the Unleashed 98 W

“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 terrain specific 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 free and never look back-with Nordica’s Unleashed 98 W.”

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Unleashed 98 W:

Tips: 6.5
Shovels: 7-8
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
Tails: 8-7

This flex pattern is nearly identical to the 186 cm Unleashed 98 and is pretty similar to the Santa Ana 98, with the Unleashed 98 W being a bit softer through the back half of the ski, especially the end of the tail. That said, the Unleashed 98 W is still a fairly strong ski overall.

Flash Review

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