"A strong skier could get to Hell and back on this ski," Crawford quipped. "If you have the power, it'll get you through anything. It's torsionally stiff, very stable and at ease with speed." Testers awarded the Hell & Back high scores for carving, stability and float, echoing Crawford's assessment for strength. "It's not for lazy days—it will require effort," Zawacki said. "But it's so strong and stable." The Hell & Back features Nordica’s I-Core construction, which combines a blend of poplar and ash with a weight-reducing strip of polyurethane, designed to be light enough for uphill travel without losing downhill performance. Early rise CamRock technology moves the contact point of the 98 millimeter-waisted ski slightly behind the tip to increase flotation and maneuverability.