|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
Soul Frequent Flyer 2020 Review by The Good Ride
Swipe Right: Light Poppy and Energetic flex. Fun directional carvers. Easy flex in the tip/tail.
Swipe Left: Tail shouldn’t wash out if back foot is 0 to duck for an every-mans board. Chatters in uneven snow.
The Soul Frequent Flyer seems like your average set it up however you like kind of freeride snowboard but it actually needs a directional stance to keep the tail from washing. So this isn’t for those who ride zero to duck on the back foot. Once it’s set up with positive/directional angles the board comes alive. Our only issue was the 157 bucked us around in uneven snow a little too much for our 175 lbs and 185 lbs frames. It seems to prefer a lighter rider than us. If your stance angles and weight match up well with the Frequent Flyer, then you have a pretty light, poppy, fun to turn ride in most conditions. In addition, all signs point to this being a great board to have in the deep deep.
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Soul Frequent Flyer In Depth Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Conditions: Everything from bumpy but firm snow, to hard snow to pretty good well groomed mid winter snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs)…Zobel and Jimbo weren’t in the review but for the most part echo our take.
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata
Similar Boards (but not the same): Gentemstick Mantaray 156, Korua Dart, Korua Pencil, Yes Pick Your Line, Burton Flight Attendant, Jones Flagship, Never Summer West Bound, Rossignol XV, Lib Tech BRD,
Set-Up: 21”-22” Wide. 18 front -6 back, 21 front -3 back, 27 front +6 back. Close to Reference stance.
Feels on the lighter side of normal but not ultralight.
The Sould Frequent Flyer felt just about right for Peter and I. A 160 might be more fun too and might be less chattery for our 175lbs and 185lbs.
157: 8-10 US boots and it favors a lighter rider.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Soul Frequent Flyer is a tapered directional shape with a camber from the tail that transitions maybe a touch early into a long nose. Combining those two things together makes it semi-catchy bordering on stable. It only has 10mm of taper but it feels like there is more there. It is more for an advanced to expert rider that wants a mellower ride.
Very easy to butter and play around with if the mood hits. There is a lot of pop and energy on an Ollie as well.
The base is pretty good with the Soul Frequent Flyer and it glides well. It has a stable feel but you can feel the nose begin to chatter a bit when it picks up speed.
Not ideal when the conditions get hard. It would be great to see a little more dampening happen so it doesn’t buck as much when mid to late day conditions start to emerge. We tested this against many other boards and it just didn’t handle micro bumps and moderatly uneven snow as well as others. We started to want to go home on the Soul Frequent Flyer where on other damper boards the conditions still felt great.
It can surprise you and hold pretty well in harder snow. It likes a little twist between the feet to hold better but still is very competent without it. Not like some of the ice specialists we ride with massively disrupted sidecuts.
Pretty fast edge to edge. Go’s where you want it when you want it to.
When we had this set up slightly duck in the back foot at -3 to -6 we couldn’t keep the Soul Frequent Flyer from washing out on a carve no matter how much back foot weight we put there. Once we changed it to +27 front and +6 back it came a live and the wash in the tail went away.
We didn’t get any powder but with the taper, long nose and good set back on board of almost 4.4″ back from center when set all the way back at a 21.75″ stance width. All signs point to the Soul Frequent Flyer being a great floater in the deeper stuff.
So if you can get past that chater (or are lighter than we are) and are fine with a positive stance angle set up then Soul Frequent Flyer could be a great daily driver from groomers to powder.
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