I haven’t gotten the Soul Rider in 3-4” of fresh chop yet—the kind of conditions you might expect at lunch on a light pow day in-resort or in the days following a storm—but I’m inclined to think it’s going to do well there too for its width.
As far as strict soft-snow performance goes, I noticed that the Soul Rider’s tips are very conventionally shaped. This might help the ski float quite a bit, but I have to think that the ski might benefit from a little taper in the tip shape in order to combat hookiness. Obviously, that’s only an inkling, and I may be proven wrong. We’ll see.
The Soul Rider is an all-mountain twin-tip after all, and the freestyle world has every reason to be interested in this ski. I haven’t had the chance to explore this too much, but with such a fun, snappy flex, I’m sure it will show some strong flippy-spinny capabilities in the park and on side-of-the-run jibs.
Personally, I’m just as excited to get on this ski as any other I reviewed so far this season, even the big-mountain/pow-day boards. Like Jason, I’ve also put a couple of seasons on the 09/10 K2 Kung Fujas. I loved that ski for ripping around the whole mountain, but found the flex to be too soft, making the ski outright scary and chattery at higher speeds (no matter what your stance looked like). The Soul Rider is every bit as fun as the old Fujas, but seems even more practical and willing to ski fast, thanks to a little more width and a bit firmer flex.
Will’s Bottom Line:
So far, I’m really happy with the Soul Rider. It seems to be a really forgiving everyday ski for the intermediate skiers out there, and a carve-capable, seriously fun one-ski-quiver for advanced/expert riders. I’ll always look forward to getting back on this ski, and won’t be surprised if we see it in this season’s one-ski quiver selections. Is it better than the Scimitar? No. The Soul Rider is comparable, but different all-mountain ski. It seems tweaked for a skier who prefers more traditionally edged turns by default, rather that smeared/surfy ones, and still wants a lot of pop through a carved turn.
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