• Nordica Soul Rider 2011

      • Review by mackcamp on Aug 30, 2013 @ 6:11 PM
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        Overall

        Great skis! I ride the Sou Rider with marker Jesters mounted -1cm from center. I can take these skis out any day of the year and have a blast on them despite conditions or terrain. I often find myself taking them in the park and having a blast on them. Playful enough for presses and butters in the park but they can hold their own on some more serious terrain. Overall if you are looking for a "go anywhere, do anything" ski, this is it.

        Performance

        Go anywhere. Do anything. I ski these skis 85% of days and never regret any of them. You can take them to any part of the mountain and these skis will please you. From an icy park lap to a blower pow run, and everything in between. I was blown away with how well these skis handle the early season hardpack. Surprisingly quick edge to edge. Easy to slash and turn in tight trees and soft snow. Float in just about any amount of untouched snow, although i wouldn't suggest making it my primary big mtn/pow ski.

        Design

        The Soul Rider is a medium fat ski with rocker tip and tail but has a slightly narrower waist compared to other skis in the same category (only 97mm underfoot) but it just makes them more versatile in my opinion. And this isn't a narrow ski at all 134mm in the tip and 124mm in the tail. Enough rocker to help you get the float you need for deeper snow. But not so much that the tips and tails chatter on hardpack. Fast bases that hold wax well.

        Value

        Great ski for the money. I can see them lasting multiple seasons. I would purchase them again.

        Fit

        I am 6'1'' 160lbs and ride the 185cm and they fit great. They are just about the same height as me.

        Characteristics

        Moderate flex. Not a noodle, but certainly not a 2x4. The rocker'd tip and tails give the ski a flexible feel while still maintaining a rather sturdy flex. The tails are slightly softer than the noses. Overall, soft enough to butter but still charges most terrain.

        Durability

        Topsheets: basic chipping, If you don't want chipped topsheets, don't ski. simple as that.Edges: Thinner than what I was expecting but hold up just fine. Only some small edge cracks from sliding rails. If I hadn't hit any rails they would still be new looking edges.
        Bases: Fast, hold wax well, strong. I have yet to have a core-shot and by no means to I baby my skis.
        Sidewalls: No signs of cracks, de-lamination or any other significant damage
        The camber underfoot dissolves after a few solid days of riding however but it hasn't caused any trouble.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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    • Name:
    • Soul Rider
    • Manufacturer:
    • Nordica
    • Year:
    • 2011
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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