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Nordica Soul Rider- Me Mucho Gusto! One cool Hombre... (updated info 1/27/13)

post #1 of 17
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I just go my Soul Riders today and had to post up this shot of the tips. this Ski has got the coolest graphics I have seen in a long time.....

 


Edited by Finndog - 1/27/13 at 6:00am
post #2 of 17

NICE!

 

Too bad the background isn't all white though.....

post #3 of 17
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one more   

 

 

post #4 of 17

Don Julio Añejo anyone? 

post #5 of 17
I bought a Nordica Enforcer as well! I need to pick them up though so I haven't got a chance to see them yet. I'm as stoked as you are to get new skis!
post #6 of 17

I bought some Nordica Patrons last spring and hated the graphics so much I did this:

 

 

post #7 of 17

Cool graphics, Finn.

post #8 of 17

Congrats on the skis Finn.  I skied the Soul Riders 3 or 4 times last season and loved them every time.  I came very, very close to pulling the trigger on them, but instead decided to opt for the Moment PB&J since they have a stronger bias toward soft snow.  I think in many ways the Soul Rider bests the Bonafide.  Come to think of it, don't you have some serious quiver overlap now?  wink.gif

post #9 of 17

Dude.......I didn't think you were that kewl..............biggrin.gif

 

SJ

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Don Julio Añejo anyone? 

mescaline

post #11 of 17
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Congrats on the skis Finn.  I skied the Soul Riders 3 or 4 times last season and loved them every time.  I came very, very close to pulling the trigger on them, but instead decided to opt for the Moment PB&J since they have a stronger bias toward soft snow.  I think in many ways the Soul Rider bests the Bonafide.  Come to think of it, don't you have some serious quiver overlap now?  wink.gif

 

the two are so polar opposite the only thing they share in common is that they are both ski's! biggrin.gif  These will not replace the bones; they are just going to be that fun, easy going, laid back ski. I think it's pretty much the same as a S3, Scimitar and almost a dead ringer for the Fujas.  The Start Haus Blem deal is just too good to pass on. 

post #12 of 17
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Dude.......I didn't think you were that kewl..............biggrin.gif

 

SJ

 

 

me either! 

post #13 of 17

OK, please elaborate because I sure don't see them as being "polar opposites".

post #14 of 17
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I wanted to do a quick update after skiing these a few days.

 

Nordica Soul Rider 185, measures 182+

134-97-124

18.5m TR

Tip tail rocker-  camber underfoot, medium to soft tips/tails, moderate underfoot (i'll get some Profile pics)

Mounted at -4 from center

tips tails detuned to about 3" past contact point

 

me: 49 (soon), 6' 170.  

 

 

The 185 Soul Rider is an easy going no metal ski, that is a blast to ski and is far more capable than is given credit for. It can be bought on the cheap as well. Decent amount of run/rise in the tips and tails (less splay in the tails, longer run) with a softer hand flex in the tips/tails but underfoot is moderate with good torsional stability.  I am 170# and I find it very easy and forgiving but you can still load it up and get a ton of pop and energy out if it. Skiing short to medium radius turns are just fun arcing back and forth. It has a nice feel and the tips will engage providing a nice pull across the fall line underneath you. I have it mounted -4 from center line however you may like a touch back. I like to be able to work the ski and at -4 I feel I have more control over the tips and how they engage. The SR will ski well at slow speeds as well as fairly high speeds (I am not the fastest skier) and is quite responsive to driver input.  I have skied it on hero groomers to broken tracked 8" and in fresh boot high and found it did very well in all of these conditions. I do prefer a bit more float though in the fresh; in lower angle pow, I found it lacked float and in the trees, float is a good thing. In soft bumps its a blast as well, the tips absorb well and the tail is softish making it easy to release and doesn't get locked in. Again, this is on nice soft western bumps. 

 

The SR is in the same class as the S3, Fujas, Scimitar and to some extent Kabookie hell and back and much less like a Bone, E98, Mantra or other more serious 98esque ski class. The emphasis is fun with the SR, not nearly as demanding or stiff as the Bone class but a better groomer ski than the S3, Fujas class. 

 

Who wants it? anyone looking for a versatile soft-snow oriented all mountain ski that doesn't want a ski that demands attention; willing to forego some of the stability and crud busting ability of a ski in the Bone class. Fine for light powder and soft environments and very capable for ripping soft groomers and skiing broken. I dont think it would be a good ski for heavier broken or firm crud.    I would take it over an S3 or other ski's in that class. 


Edited by Finndog - 1/27/13 at 6:30am
post #15 of 17
I just cannot get past the graphics, uuuugly. They look like a piñata threw up on them, but hey, you like them. Good for you. ;-)
post #16 of 17
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yeah the graphics aren't for everyone ( I love them) but fortunately, u are't supposed to look at them when skiing wink.gif  I think the new topsheets are probably more popular; here's the official 2013 top which is in line with the whole lineup. 

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