Ski: Season Nexus, 183 cm
Available Lengths: 167, 177, 183 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 181.5 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1990 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2073 & 2074 grams
Stated Dimensions: 137-106-133 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.4-105.2-131.9 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (183 cm): 17.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 53 mm / 48 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5 mm
Core: Paulownia + Fiberglass Laminate + Stainless Steel Tail Insert
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -2.65 cm from center; 88.1 cm from tail
Last fall, Eric Pollard made a surprising announcement: after more than 20 years with Line Skis, he moved on and launched a new ski and snowboard brand with rider, Austin Smith. That brand is Season Equipment, and we now have all three of their skis and all three of their snowboards in Blister HQ.
We’ll be talking about and riding all of the models, but we wanted to kick things off with a closer look at the ski that sits in the middle of the lineup and that Season says is “designed to be playful and perform anywhere,” the Nexus.
Brand Background: Season Equipment
Given that Season was publicly launched just a few short months ago, it’s worth providing some background info.
Here’s how the two founders sum up their approach to the Season product lineup:
“I want equipment that is designed to span multiple seasons, years, decades. Let me know how we did in 2040.”
– Austin Smith
“A concise offering of versatile shapes that transcend categories. This translates to better quality and an easier choice for our customers. These three models are the result of a lifelong exploration into shape, width, length, sidecut, flex, camber, and materials.”
– Eric Pollard
Browsing Season’s site, there’s an obvious theme of simplicity. They make three skis, and three snowboards. The “Aero” ski and board are narrower and designed with firmer conditions in mind; the “Forma” ski and board are wider, swallow-tailed, and designed for softer snow; and the “Nexus” ski and board slot in the middle. Their graphics are minimal, with the goal of them not seemingly becoming obsolete next, well, season.
Every product is designed to be gender-neutral, with ski lengths currently ranging from 165 cm to 183 cm, and boards ranging from 144 cm to 160 cm.
It’s also worth noting that, for first-year customers, Season and evo have collaborated to offer the following at evo stores:
- Unlimited complimentary machine wax service for the lifetime of the product.
- Complimentary Standard Tune every Fall for the lifetime of product.
- 30% off additional repair services for the lifetime of product.
- Complimentary first mount for skis & snowboards
Construction: Season Nexus Ski
All three Season ski models feature a lightweight paulownia wood core, fiberglass laminate, stainless steel tail inserts for added durability, and a full, 7.5mm-wide sidewall construction. The snowboards are quite similar overall in terms of construction, with one of the main differences being that they use a poplar/paulownia wood core. And then the Aero ski (which we’ll be discussing in more detail in the future) features two layers of titanal in addition to the standard wood core and fiberglass laminate.
Talking to Season’s engineer, Andy Hytjan (who Blister Podcast listeners might know from episodes #8 and #27), he made a point to highlight the rounded top sheet / sidewall seam on their skis, which apparently required some pretty involved CNC machining of the molds to achieve. While that’s not typically something I think about or notice, I will say that these skis and boards do feel and look really, really nice. I’m sure I have a few dozen shards of fiberglass and metal permanently embedded in my hands after handling and mounting so many skis, but the Season gear just feels … smooth. It’s a nice touch.
Anyway, the Season skis use a fairly light construction overall, though nothing wildly out of the ordinary by today’s standards — their overall construction is mostly tried-and-true materials. Now, how is that all implemented in the Nexus ski?
Shape / Rocker Profile
If you’ve seen Eric Pollard’s skis from the past decade or so, the shape of the Nexus will probably look familiar. It doesn’t have dramatically tapered tips or tails, and Season says the effective edge of the 183 cm length we have is 149 cm. While that may seem short on paper, it’s not when you look at other playful, ~106mm-wide skis like the Dynastar M-Free 108 and Sego Big Horn 106, which feature a shorter effective edge / more tapered tips and tails.
But for those who are wondering, the Nexus (or the other Season skis, for that matter) is not just one of Pollard’s Line skis with a black top sheet. And one of the first indications of this is the Nexus’s rocker profile.
For a playful, ~106mm-wide ski, the Nexus’s rocker lines are on the shallower side of things. It also doesn’t have a ton of tip or tail splay, though I’d still call its tail a twin.
The Nexus still has a deeper tail rocker line (and much more tail splay) than most directional skis in this class. But compared to skis like the Moment Wildcat 108, Whitedot Altum 104, Volkl Revolt 104, and Line Sir Francis Bacon, the Nexus has a longer cambered section and shallower rocker lines.
All three of the Season skis fit this description to a varying degree — they’re not radically rockered. They all also have a lot of camber underfoot, with the Nexus’s coming in at 5 mm.
Given the fairly long effective edge and long cambered section (again, compared to other playful skis), I’m really eager to start carving turns on the Nexus, and see how loose and maneuverable it’ll feel in softer, deeper conditions.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Nexus:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8.5
Another surprise: the Nexus ski is not a particularly soft ski. In fact, none of the Season skis really are.
That’s not to say the Nexus is a 2×4. Cause it’s definitely not. Instead, it has a really nice, pretty symmetrical-feeling flex pattern that’s a bit stiffer at the ends than other playful skis, and that smoothly and quickly ramps up to a strong midsection.
The Nexus is significantly stiffer at the tips and tails than the current Line Sir Francis Bacon, and its flex pattern doesn’t feel super far off from that of the Volkl Revolt 104, though the Nexus feels stiffer in front of and behind the bindings compared to the Revolt 104.
As someone who tends to get along well with skis with more symmetrical or “round” flex patterns, I really like the feel of the Nexus. And I’m mostly curious about how easy it will feel to bend and butter, and how supportive it will feel at higher speeds and in steeper terrain.
One thing that seems to have remained consistent with many Pollard skis over the years is sidecut radii that are on the tighter end of the spectrum. That general trend holds true with the Season skis.
The 183 cm Nexus has a stated sidecut radius of 17.5 meters, which isn’t as short as the Line Sir Francis Bacon, but is notably tighter than the radii of skis like the Moment Wildcat 108, Whitedot Altum 104, and Sego Big Horn 106.
As someone who loves to carve tight turns and who is constantly jealous of my friends who are on one plank and can seemingly (and sometimes literally) carve circles around me, I’m psyched about the Nexus’s sidecut radius. I doubt this will be a ski that wants to straight-line all the time, but I’m eager to see what sort of turn shapes it will prefer.
The recommended mount point on the Nexus is about 2.6 cm from the true center of the ski.
Compared to the whole market, that’s quite close to center, and similar to skis like the Revolt 104, Line Sir Francis Bacon, K2 Reckoner 102, and Prior Northwest 110. It’s a lot closer to center than most directional skis, and also “playful directional” skis like the Moment Wildcat 108 and Dynastar M-Free 108.
That said, there are a few marks on the Nexus that are in front of and behind that recommended line. So while we think the Nexus will encourage a pretty centered, neutral stance when mounted on its recommended line, we’ll also be trying it at a few different mount points to see how it adapts.
Overall, the Nexus ski is farily light for its size. It’s not quite as light as the K2 Reckoner 102, 4FRNT Devastator, Line Sir Francis Bacon, or Moment Wildcat 108, but it’s notably lighter than some of the more damp options in this class like the Sego Big Horn 106, Dynastar M-Free 108, Icelantic Nomad 105, Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, and J Skis Hotshot.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. We’ve also included the other two skis in Season’s lineup. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1800 & 1824 Luke Koppa’s ROMP 100, 183 cm
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1814 & 1845 Elan Ripstick 106, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1875 & 1881 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1883 & 1898 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, 178 cm (20/21)
1883 & 1906 Season Aero, 180 cm (20/21)
1896 & 1942 K2 Reckoner 102, 184 cm (20/21)
1947 & 2011 4FRNT Devastator, 186 cm (20/21)
1976 & 2028 Parlor Cardinal Pro, 182 cm (19/20–20/21)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–20/21)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
2049 & 2053 Whitedot Altum 104, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2073 & 2074 Season Nexus, 183 cm (20/21)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (17/18–19/20)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2113 & 2121 Moment Meridian, 187 cm (16/17–20/21)
2111 & 2125 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19–20/21)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2145 & 2167 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (20/21)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2206 & 2224 Season Forma, 183 cm (20/21)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2242 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm (20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2295 & 2344 J Skis Hotshot, 183 cm (20/21)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2326 & 2336 Nordica Enforcer 100, 186 cm (20/21)
2353 & 2360 Volkl Katana 108, 184 cm (20/21)
2449 & 2493 J Skis Hotshot, 189 cm (20/21)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) With its progressive mount point, twinned tail, symmetrical flex pattern, and nearly symmetrical shape, just how playful will the Nexus feel compared to some freestyle-oriented skis on the market?
(2) On the flip side, will directional skiers get along with the Nexus (particularly when mounted a few cm behind its recommended mount point)?
(3) The Nexus has a fairly long effective edge, lots of camber, and fairly shallow rocker lines when compared to other playful skis. So how solid will it feel when carving on edge, and how easy will it be to slide around?
(4) With its not-super-heavy weight, how well will the Nexus handle rougher inbounds conditions? And who should be considering this as a 50/50 or dedicated touring ski for human-powered turns?
(5) While there are some obvious differences on paper, we’re still curious to see how the Nexus will compare to previous Pollard skis like the various iterations of the Sir Francis Bacon.
Bottom Line (For Now)
With the Nexus ski, Season Equipment and Eric Pollard have maintained some aspects of ski design that we’ve come to expect from Eric, but also made some significant changes that make us really curious about this new ski.
I’ll be skiing the Season Nexus and Aero skis today and this weekend, and Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the Nexus. So stay tuned for more, and then we’ll be posting our full reviews once we’ve spent more time on these new skis and boards.
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