About Soul Stick Snowboards:
In 2017 Olympian Corran Addison started the first production line of Soul Stick snowboards. Soul Stick has been focused on creating snowboards to surf the mountain. From groomers to powder, with unique shapes and a variety of sizes for all riders regardless of gender.
Once you try a Soul Stick you’ll realize it’s a different feeling riding their boards, you really will feel how a board can work for you, rather than how you work the board. Everything works in harmony, it’s a truly organic experience.
Snowboard Tested and Rider Specs:
Soul Stick Blower 2022-2023
Size: 162cm (waist width 27.6 cm)
Bindings: Union Strata (Large)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV size 11
Stance: approximately 22.5″
Rider Height: 5’11″
Rider Weight: 195
Conditions/Terrain Tested: Wyoming Jan 2023 – March 2023 on groomers, chop, all mountain, and powder.
Recommended for: The intermediate to the expert rider looking for a board that will float on the deepest of days, yet still, be fun on groomers.
Features from Soul Stick
- 3D boat hull through the nose
- generous parabolic sidecut
- Poplar+ Paulownia core
- Sintered 7700 base
- Lamination – Tri-ax fiberglass w carbon stringers
Soul Stick definitely has some unique boards and has incorporated a surf approach to snowboarding. I am fortunate enough to ride in the Tetons, where we usually have a fair number of powder days. I’m always game for testing out a good powder board. The Soul Stick Blower is a loose, surfy, powder destroyer. It has a unique makeup that makes it perfect for those really deep days.
Typically, I ride a 155-160cm board, just depending on the stiffness of the board. Based on recommendations for my height and weight, I rode the 162cm with a waist width of 27.6. The inserts are pretty setback and initially, I rode the reference stance and then also played around with more setback. The board has a huge nose and a swallow tail and it felt like the majority of the board was in front and leading me down the hill. The profile is camber from the tail to the front inserts, but then moves into a rocker with a spoon nose. The shape of the nose makes you feel like you are in a boat floating through the water. The Blower does have 7mm of taper from tip to tail.
The ride is pretty unique and being so far set back it’s definitely a backfoot driver. The swallow tail has decent flex that really makes for some powerful, snappy turns on groomers. My initial take was that it would be great in powder, but not so great carving, but I was pleasantly surprised. The big spoon nose was a little chattery on uneven snow but manageable. I found that this was easier to handle when I played around with the stance somewhat. The Blower is not super fast edge to edge being that it’s a big board but it’s still pretty agile and definitely fun to carve on.
The Blower really shines in powder as you’d expect. With the big spoon nose, setback stance, and swallow tail, it really feels unsinkable. The spoon nose seemed to help maintain speed as it effortlessly cut through deep powder. The board floats with ease and definitely has a loose surfy feel. We had a really good storm come through mid February and I was lucky enough to have found places knee to waist deep. The Blower handled them really well and others who were out riding with me struggled to find speed and keep up.
The Blower can be ridden switch but it’s definitely challenging with the huge nose and swallow tail. I felt comfortable on small drops and small jumps, but the short tail makes it challenging to send big jumps and drops. It is definitely not a board that I would take through the park, but the Blower has a surprising amount of pop for a powder board.
The Soul Stick Blower is fun all over the mountain when conditions are not ideal. The Blower excels in powder, with its big nose, rocker and boat hull shape, it’s pretty much unsinkable. On those really deep days you’ll be smiling from ear to ear as your crush pow runs with ease.
- Fun shape
- Floats in the deepest conditions
- Excels in powder
- Nose can be a little chattery on uneven snow
|Price:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Performance:||(4.5 / 5)|
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|Overall:||(4.6 / 5)|