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Looking for a narrower Nordica Soul Rider!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I currently have a great quiver.

2012 Kastle MX 78
2012 Kastle LX82
2013 Kastle FX94
2014 Nordica Soul Rider
2013 Blizzard Cochise
2013 Atomic Automatic

I pretty much have every ski I need but want to add a ski in the 85-90 underfoot category. I love my Soul Rider. I'd love to find another ski in the 85-90 category that is similar. What I love about it is it carves unbelievably but is super playful and lively. Any suggestions? I'm 5'6" and weigh 165 lbs. Advanced/Expert skier.

Thanks,

Chuck
post #2 of 14
169 Nordica el paco. Same construction and side cut as the Soul Rider, really fun ski, with surprising edge hold on hard pack.
post #3 of 14
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The El Paco is not on the website so I am assuming they don't sell it in the USA.
post #4 of 14
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What about the Blizzard Bushwacker to fill in that 88 underfoot category?  Or the Brahma.  However I think I have the Brahma territory covered with my MX78.

 

Thanks,

 

Chuck

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by procos View Post

The El Paco is not on the website so I am assuming they don't sell it in the USA.

http://www.nordicausa.com/products/el-paco-ski/

post #6 of 14
The Bushwacker is very similar to the el paco in terms of flex/energy/livelyness and snow feel, I had the 173. That ski should definitely be on your list in 166 or 173, dependant on your location and preference.
The nordica is turnier, with better hard snow performance in my opinion, of course based on my technique and style also. Float and rebound definitely go to the Bushwacker though, especially in the tail rebound. Ski length and tail shape was a factor also.
The el paco is basically exactly what your looking for, an 87mm Soul Rider.
I'm also 5'6"and 165sh. Only catch is the 2012/13 graphics are pretty loud.
Edited by vwr1vwf - 1/19/14 at 8:00pm
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
 

http://www.nordicausa.com/products/el-paco-ski/

 

That ski is not being sold in the USA?  That would have been the perfect ski for what I am looking for. 


Edited by procos - 1/20/14 at 10:55am
post #8 of 14
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I just got confirmation from Nordica they are not selling that ski in the USA.  What a bummer I would have definitely bought that ski.  I guess it is going to be the Bushwacker.

post #9 of 14

We have a few Nordica El Pacos left in the blem batch at $249, FYI: http://starthaus.com/2013-nordica-el-paco-blem.html

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We have a few Nordica El Pacos left in the blem batch at $249, FYI: http://starthaus.com/2013-nordica-el-paco-blem.html


That was going to be next post (honest) about the el paco availability in the USA.   You will not care about the graphics once you get a few days on them and realize the versatility and fun factor.  The graphics are so busy I doubt a defect would even be noticeable.  If your preference is the feel and capability of a twin tip tail, you would be hard pressed to find a more versatile cross over ski in this category.  The price makes it a no brainer.

post #11 of 14

The El Paco is the exact same construction just 1cm narrower everywhere... That will be THE narrower Soul Rider.

post #12 of 14

Wow that is exactly the ski I was looking for.... Just picked up some 2013 Soul Riders but the 97 waist is a change for me and probably not that needed here in the east. If I knew and could have found some El Pacos that would have been perfect and an easier transition to twins. Oh well... 

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Twism86 View Post
 

Wow that is exactly the ski I was looking for.... Just picked up some 2013 Soul Riders but the 97 waist is a change for me and probably not that needed here in the east. If I knew and could have found some El Pacos that would have been perfect and an easier transition to twins. Oh well... 

 

They don't sell them in the USA this year.  You could of course find a used pair or last year model.

post #14 of 14
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They don't sell them in the USA this year.  You could of course find a used pair or last year model.

Odd that they dont sell the full line here. With the internet you can get pretty much anything but I would have tried to scope out a slightly used pair or 2013s. I will have to ski what I have now. 

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