|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Soul Blower 2022 Review by The Good Ride
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Amazing float and turning experience in powder. Unique back foot carver.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not good for those that want a centered or front foot turning board. Likes bigger boots for groomers.
The Soul Blower can easily float in the deepest of deep and has an amazing turning experience in powder. It also is a really fun back foot turner on groomers.
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Soul Blower Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Conditions: and an early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards & Union Rovers
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Davey (Size 12, 6’4” 240lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Burton Tourist, Burton SLX,
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket, Burton Banshee Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Drop Tahoma Mitt
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +27/+9 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
How It Was Tested
I rode this on powder and compared it same day to the Spring Break Powder Pill and O.Sin 4807. On Groomers I primarily compared it same day to the Soul Pitchwing and 4807.
This is a pretty wide board for a 162 so it doesn’t feel light but it is pretty normal for this much surface area. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
The Soul Blower is pretty Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
One Size 162
In Clean Deep Powder- It’s almost fine with any regular or mid/wide boot.
On Groomers or tracked up powder with emerging moguls it’s best at 11-13 boots.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Soul Blower has a good bit of taper leading into a swallow tail but the real story is the camber profile. It has a directional camber profile but with a pretty pronounced spoon nose and lifted sides that continue well into the contact points
The flex of the Soul Blower is med-stiff between the feet but softer in the tip and tail.
There is lots of easy flex in the nose and the tail flexes a little easier on snow but not as much as the tail. It is reasonably flexy but its poppy and damp. That is pretty unique to combine all three into the flex personality. It makes for a great all conditions ride and we both really love this boards overall personality underfoot. It can feel a bit wide and hard to turn with it’s 27.6cm waist in messy snow but it’s not going to send much chatter up into your joints.
Really good base glide and the Soul Blower is damper than you would think for it’s flex.
The edges can feel washy if you don’t lean into the tail and pressure into the regular camber on the tail. If you do it grips well but it’s just not there with the full camber rides from Soul.
So the Soul Blower is definitely a powder board first but this is more than just a powder board. We had a hell of a time leaning into the regular camber in the back and in contrast to the spoon nose it felt like fins on a surfboard. You can get a lot more from the Shift here when it comes to a more complete turning experience but this is still a super fun board.
The Soul Blower has bottomless float. I got it in one of the deepest and lightest days I had at Mt. Bachelor and it floated like a champ. The really wide and big spoon nose had super easy float and a very cool turn. The tapered swallow tail sunk down into the snow rather well and it helped keep the nose up. Then you have an -8.75” set back from center of board from the tail and -12.75” back from the V in the Swallow Tail. I don’t want to be on this when the snow is chopped up and bumpy though as it’s really wide and hard to throw it around on the way to the good stuff. It is the kind of the board I want to be on when it is super deep.
The Soul Blower is an amazing powder board for when its deep and a very fun board to turn as well. I really like the direction Soul is going with their line lately.
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