Nordica Soul Rider 87 (2017)

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Rating: 3.63 / 5
Price: $599.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 87
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124-87-114
Lengths: 169, 177, 185

Stability at speed: 3.30 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.16 / 5
Crud performance: 3.41 / 5
Flotation: 2.94 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.94 / 5
Overall: 3.63 / 5

The Nordica Soul Rider 87, a new addition to Nordica's Freeski collection for 2017, is a versatile, twin-tipped midfat freerider. Just as Nordica adds a narrower version of its popular Enforcer this year, it also adds a narrower version of the softer-flexing, more accessible Soul Rider. The 87-mm version will be quicker and edgier on hard snow-ideal for everyday Eastern freeriding-but still as easy and playful as the original Soul Rider. And it's attractively priced, with an MSRP of $599 and a "street price" in most shops of about $500. Nordica's Freeski series includes six men's models of wide and midfat freeriders, with waist widths of 113 mm (Patron), 100 mm (Enforcer), 97 mm (Soul Rider), 93 mm (Enforcer 93), 87 mm (Soul Rider 87), and 84 (the park-specific Bad Mind). The Helldorado, a metal-reinforced version of the full-fat Patron, was dropped from the collection this year, and two midfats were added: the Enforcer 93 and the Soul Rider 87. The top models are all proven tester favorites, and there's nothing gimmicky about the way they're made. All Nordica Freeski series models are classic laminate constructions with poplar/beech wood cores for durability and responsiveness, full-height/full-length sidewalls for powerful edge grip, and task-appropriate reinforcement (two sheets of metal in the Enforcers, for high-speed calm and edge grip; glass and carbon weaves in the rest, to keep them light and lively). All are twin-tips or slight-twins, with varying amounts of rocker for soft snow flotation and shock absorption, with camber through the midbody for edge grip and rebound energy. The Patron and the two Enforcers are powerful directional freeriders with medium-long sidecut radii (15.5 to 21 meters). The Soulriders are softer flexing, with tighter sidecuts and a more freestyle, bi-directional performance. The Badmind is a park and pipe model. All Freeski series models are sold flat (no binding).