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Nordica Soulrider

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Anyone ski it? Or know it?

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Yes, I've skied it. A great ski, very playful and fun, quick and nimble. Solid edge grip... as I've said before, an over-looked ski. If you think the Blizzard Bonafide sounds like it's too serious with the metal layers and no twintip, then the Soul Rider might be the perfect alternative.

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Awesome. How about heavy crud, bumps, groomers, and trees. Care to comment on their capabilities here? Is the rocker slight in tip and tail and given this what size for 180 at 6'0"

Thanks White.

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Didn't ski them in any crud, but bumps they are GREAT, groomers were excellent (with the typical Nordica 'race-like' tune), I didn't actually ski any trees but I know that they would truly excel in the trees.

 

I'd say that you could ski either length, I'd suggest the 185 unless you ski tight east coast trees and want a really quick ski. If that's the case the 177 will work really well.

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I skied them at the Mt Rose demo day for the Gathering in the 177 length in a bunch of fresh snow and liked them a lot.  I don;t often get the opportunity to ski over a foot of fresh and I had a blast on these skis...so much so I kept them all morning instead of 2 or 3 laps. 

 

Whiteroom, any thoughts on how they would do here in the east on the kind of conditions we (or at least my area) had for most of the season?   IE: refrozen man made...   I have true hard snow alternative ski but would seriously consider them for anything but really hard stuff since my current ski for that range is getting beat.  That ski is currently a well used Head Supershpe Magnum.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Yes, I've skied it. A great ski, very playful and fun, quick and nimble. Solid edge grip... as I've said before, an over-looked ski. If you think the Blizzard Bonafide sounds like it's too serious with the metal layers and no twintip, then the Soul Rider might be the perfect alternative.


Interesting that you compared them to the Bonafide.  I skied the SR at Kicking Horse on a semi-new snow day but my company kept me mostly to the crud and groomers. I'm 5'11" 200 and I was on the 177 all day (only thing they had left).  Coming off a 175 Dynastar TM and hart F17 I didn't have any problems with that length and felt very stable on all but high speed deep snow arcs.  Playful is the perfect way to descibe these as I couldn't wipe the grin off my face all day.  I'm normally a hard charging bump skier but with these i felt compelled to blast off the tops of the fluffy bumps because they were so stable on take off and landing.  Still, the most surprising thing was their ability on the groomers.  Very stable at high speeds and still quite quick for a 97 waist.  My only reservation in purchasing these is whether i need another twin or not.  I don't ski switch outside of teaching which is done on the TMs anyway.  I'm still deciding between the Bonafides and the SR.  These skis look better in person than on the internet but i'm still not a fan of the graphics.  I've also taken a hard look at the other 97-98 skis in the Nordica line because of how much i liked the SR.

 

Good luck!

 

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