NORDICA

ASTRAL 84

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CAT­E­GORY Groomed DI­MEN­SIONS 120-84-105 (158) LENGTHS 144, 151, 158, 165, 172 PRICE $600

The new Astral 84 boasts a bad-ass blunt-nose tip, a pow­er­ful flat tail, light­weight balsa core, and a sheet of vi­bra­tion-damp­ing metal with hexagons punched out to re­duce weight. Ex­perts who spend most of their time arc­ing on groomed can push it with all they’ve got, yet it’s for­giv­ing enough to coax any­one into nice, clean arcs. “Con­fi­dence in­still­ing,” Barnes said.

VALUE SCORE 6.47

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