Ski Reviews by Brand:

Ski Review

Ski News

Nordica Soul Rider 2012 Ski Review

First up in our yearly ski test - Nordica’s Soul Rider.

Nordica Soul Rider 2012

Ski Statistics - Length (cm) / Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

177 / 134-97-124 / 16.5
185 / 134-97-124 / 18.5

Manufacturer's Description

All Terrain Freestyle is an emerging ski style that is the evolution of park skiing as it migrates back into the mountain. Athletes like Nordica’s own Rory Bushfield or Benedikt Mayr are pushing the evolution of Freestyle as they move it to the Back Country. The Nordica All Terrain Freestyle skis offer the versatility to ride on any terrain and in any snow condition. The Nordica Rocker-Technologies in these skis also guarantee a complete range of functions that match the specific needs for big lines, Backcountry skiing and B-C jibbing.

Ski Review's Verdict:

I’m not a fan of the graphics - let me say that from the start. Not just the Soul Rider. Most Nordica skis. I also have no style or fashion sense so that’s not necessarily a reflection on Nordica. It’s all a bit too bold for me, and, well, pink! Nordica have given their all terrain backcountry jibber a colour scheme and graphics where a skeleton wearing a sombrero playing a guitar looks up at you as you ride the lift. From this point, it’s all about the skis.

I took the 185 out first up in our yearly ski test, and this year we were guests of the enormous Portes Du Soleil ski area that straddles Switzerland and France, to ensure we had every possible type of terrain available. The Nordica Soul Rider measures up at 134-97-124, and was mounted on Nordica’s indicated “classic mount” point, with early rise tips and tail and camber underfoot. Ski construction is wood sandwiched by titanal. I’m 180 cms and 180 lbs. Advanced skier of 15 years comfortable any where on the hill.

They are very light considering they are a 185, although they feel a little subdued around the piste and are slow edge to edge, the Soul Rider is actually very confidence inspiring when carving or edging at high speeds in morning freeze or afternoon slush. They do not feel like they will give in on you but you are along for the ride, not so much driving the turn. Jibbing around is fine, very poppy off Avoriaz’s excellent snowpark kickers and very nimble in general, but the early rise and not so aggressive flex makes them quite forgiving when you want to laze around the mountain.

When you really drive them, they just don’t give much back. Stable, yes, but exciting, no. No doubt a good all rounder, but just not as good as some others.

Very good in the 12-15 inches of powder we found before the temperatures rose later in the week, skiing like a wider ski underfoot and swinging like a shorter ski, but not so good blasting crud though not awful, but then much better in the slush.

If you want a good ski you can take in the park which is not so wide as to be overbearing, but will float in the powder and support the odd back country kicker or two and get you round the mountain, Nordica Soul Rider could be for you. If you ski more than 60% on piste, look elsewhere.

Real time prices for the Nordica Soul Rider 2012, or similar ski products:

Nordica Soul Rider 87 Ski

Nordica
Click to buy from Backcountry.com
$374.96
(25% off)

Nordica Soul Rider 84 Skis 2018

Nordica
Click to buy from evo
$224.95
(44% off)

Nordica Soul Rider 87 Skis

Nordica
Click to buy from Skis.com
$379.96
(24% off)
Reader Ski Reviews of the Nordica Soul Rider 2012

Add review of this ski.

Latest User Reviews

Ski : Fischer RC4 The Curv 2018

Skier Height:6’1”
Skier Weight:195
Skier Ability:Expert
Ski length Tested:178, 185

Ski Review:  Great ski.  I’m looking to replace my old Voelkl Super-Six’s with a front side cruiser and these fit the bill (in the longer length).  I...

Ski : 4FRNT MSP 2018

Skier Height: 5 foot 10
Skier Weight: 70kg
Skier Ability: Expert (ski instructor)
Ski length Tested: 176

Ski Review:

Hassle free at the front, so much so you forget they are there. Engage the tails, and 4FRNT’s MSP can punch you in the...

Ski : Elan Inspire Fusion 2016

Skier Height: 5’5”
Skier Weight: 138
Skier Ability: Advanced
Ski length Tested: 158

Ski Review:
This ski holds on everything and anything - particularly wonderful when skiing ice or hardpack.  However, it is quite heavy - technology has...

Ski : Black Crows Nocta 2018

Skier Height: 5’11
Skier Weight: 180
Skier Ability: Intermediate/expert
Ski length Tested: 181

Ski Review: I’m hesitant to start a review for a pair of skis that are 122 underfoot by talking about how they perform on the groomers or...

Ski : Salomon QST 106 2017

Skier Height: 5’11
Skier Weight: 180
Skier Ability: Intermediate/expert
Ski length Tested: 181

Ski Review: The QST 106 feels light underfoot, while still being reasonably stiff and the now bog standard early rise with camber underfoot...