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Narrower, Beefier Soul 7

post #1 of 15
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So I'm looking for a new ski 90mm or less underfoot. This ski will be my DD when there hasn't been much snow. I'm using an Experience 98 for this spot in the quiver right now, but I think it's a bit one dimensional.I'd like something that's more versatile off-piste than the E98.

 

I will be using this ski in bumps and trees when it hasn't snowed for a bit, so I'd like a softer ski. I do like skis with metal though, so this one can't be a complete noodle. I love how quick and easy my Soul 7's are in trees and bumps, but I would prefer a little higher top end and a narrower width.

 

I also like to ski switch from time to time, so a twin tip would be ideal. I think this would also help the ski be quicker in bumps and trees too.

 

Here are the answers to the standard questions when buying new skis:

 

Where in the world are you skiing? 

 

I mainly ski Colorado and Tahoe. Favorite resorts are probably Vail and Kirkwood.

 

What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

 

I like bumps, trees, and steeps. These skis will be used in all types of terrain when it hasn't snowed in a while.


How many days a year do you ski?

 

~50


How advanced are you as a skier?

 

Going by the PSIA levels, a solid level 8 with some level 9 characteristics. In simpler terms I can ski nearly anything on the mountain, although it might not look pretty.


What's your height and weight? 

 

5' 11" 180 pounds.

 

Is this ski part of a quiver?

 

Yes. I have a GS ski for groomers, 186 cm Line Supernatural 108 as a DD when there's been snow, 186 cm Atomic Automatic for powder, 180 cm Experience 98 as a DD when there hasn't been much snow, and 188 cm Soul 7 for touring.

post #2 of 15
Except for your comment about wanting more off piste abilities in a narrower ski - seems as if you have off-piste covered - the rest seems to fit something like a FX85HP, Rossi E88, or a Blizzard 85 Ti if you can find one still. IMO you need something such as above for groomers too; you ski bumps on your GS's? E98's? Either seems like way too much work.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Not really too concerned about the groomer ability of this ski since my GS ski and E98 have that covered. I agree that skiing bumps on my E98 is a lot of work, which is why I'm looking for another ski. The skis you recommended have flat tails and wouldn't be good for skiing switch.

After doing some research it looks like the Atomic Vantage 90 CTi might work. Any other skis similar to this one?
post #4 of 15

An all mountain twin tip? Dynastar Slicer! Still nice on groomed but way more fun in bumps and trees than the exp98!

 

 

http://www.dynastar.com/US/US/slicer_DADMD01_product_dynastar-skis-men-freestyle.html?b=31354

post #5 of 15

OK. You have me confused. 90 or less for off piste? Soul 7, but twinned?

 

Maybe, maybe Nordica Soul Rider or Praxis Piste Jib? Both are all of about 10mm wider than you say you want - but anything narrower seems to want to violate some sort of law of nature.

 

Keith at Praxis will make a Piste Jib just as beefy as you want it.

post #6 of 15

Soul Rider 87

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

Soul Rider 87

You meant Soul Rider 98 or the ones made in 87? ;)

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by mogsie View Post
 

You meant Soul Rider 98 or the ones made in 87? ;)


I suspect he meant the new Soul Rider 87 that Nordica announced at SIA this year. ;) (I know I'm going to be trying to find it for demo next year, as it looks like it could be ideal for my skiing preferences...)

post #9 of 15
I meant the new 87. The existing Soul Rider is 97 not 98.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post
 

OK. You have me confused. 90 or less for off piste? Soul 7, but twinned?

 

Maybe, maybe Nordica Soul Rider or Praxis Piste Jib? Both are all of about 10mm wider than you say you want - but anything narrower seems to want to violate some sort of law of nature.

 

Keith at Praxis will make a Piste Jib just as beefy as you want it.

 

I don't think you have to ski a fat ski for off-piste, especially when it hasn't snowed in a while. I have soft off-piste conditions covered but I still like to ski bumps and trees in low tide, hence why I'm looking for a narrower ski.

 

I know that the Soul 7 is a twin tip, but I'm looking for something narrower and less of a noodle. The Soul 7 is great when conditions are soft, but when the snow gets hard it's not great.

 

The Praxis Piste Jib looks pretty interesting, have you skied it before? I've been wanting to try a Praxis ski for a while but most of their skis that I want to try are already covered in my quiver.


Edited by spchin24 - 3/2/16 at 9:42am
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I meant the new 87. The existing Soul Rider is 97 not 98.

 

Do you have any other information on this? I read about this ski on Blister but I haven't been able to find many other details on it. The Soul Rider was actually on my rider, but it was a bit wide for what I will be using it for. The 87 might be perfect!

post #12 of 15
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I meant the new 87. The existing Soul Rider is 97 not 98.

Hum... I must keep up with you...;) 

Is it supposed to be same construction?

post #13 of 15
I think it's the same construction. I was fairly irritated yesterday at Big Sky when the Nordica rep didn't have it. We're there to demo next season's stuff and mostly what was there was the Enforcers. I mean the 100 is old news now. The Soul Rider 87 was not available. So I really don't know much else. Nordica has another 87mm twin tip, the Badmind. I have no idea if they plan to discontinue that or not, but I'm guessing they are. I've never skied the Badmind.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I think it's the same construction. I was fairly irritated yesterday at Big Sky when the Nordica rep didn't have it. We're there to demo next season's stuff and mostly what was there was the Enforcers. I mean the 100 is old news now. The Soul Rider 87 was not available. So I really don't know much else. Nordica has another 87mm twin tip, the Badmind. I have no idea if they plan to discontinue that or not, but I'm guessing they are. I've never skied the Badmind.

Could the Soul Rider 87 be the return of the El Paco?

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

The Liberty Origin 96 looks like it could fit the bill based on Blister's review. Has anyone here skied it?

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