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Featured Preview by00000000onAug 10, 2014 @ 11:36 PM
Designed specifically for intuitive skiers who create new experiences on every run. Nimble through the trees, floating through the powder, dancing through the park or floating spins in the air, this ski does it all. The easy control of camROCK and versatility of a twin tip design give you the freedom to do what you want.
I recently switched to these skis from an old pair of Anthems. These skis can handle speed to carve groomers, handle themselves in pow, and are a super playful ski in the park. If I had to select a ski for a one ski quiver, this would be right up there. My only complaint is that these skis are heavy. That may also be due to the bindings I mounted on them, FKS 180s. If you are planning on riding mainly park with these I'd recommend true center mounting. If you are planning on a little park mixed in with all-mountain skiing you should mount them a little back from true center. These skis are well worth the money for anybody to ride, from a park rat to an all mountain ripper.
This past year I rode a pair of 2014 Soul Riders, I was inspired to buy them purely because of the edits that Kieran was putting out about a year ago. Many people have ridden these skis and I have heard many different opinions on these skis. I love them, I put 50+ days on them and they have stayed intact, which is rare. I was looking for a playful ski that I could butter around on with a wide base that wasn't too heavy. I got two out of three of those goals because they were a little bit heavy, they have a very beefed up sidewall along with a pure wood construction combine for a pretty heavy ski. The wide and buttery ski was very playful throughout the park, where you can make anything a feature or a line, and was a very fun all mountain ski if you wanted to charge with a little fresh. The tip and tail are a little flappy when charging but still fun. On rails I don't think you can find a better ski, while on jumps they can be difficult unless you land square. Basically a great ski that you can do anything on, but watch out for the weight, and the what could be a too buttery tip and tail.
This was my first pair of all mountain skis, and they are a dream. I went cat skiing in them and the 98mm waist stood up beautifully. They work great in park, the only drawback is that they are a tad on the heavy side. Soft flex, and perfect for switch skiing, and are unbelievably stable. I've dropped 30 footers on these and didn't feel a thing. I recommend these skis to anyone who needs a pair of all mountain skis in their quiver.
I had a lot of fun on these skis. They come quite stiff but it took me a week to break them in. Excellent for woods and small east coast "pow". However, these skis cost me around 700$ and i broke a pair within a few weeks (edge unstuck on my tip). So they gave me a new pair that i broke two weeks after the change (exact same thing as the first time). I'm ski like a normal kid on the east coast, nothing intense, but they still couldn't hold up the run. Was I unlucky? Maybe... but one thing is sure, i'll never buy from Nordica again.