Icelantic Riveter 95 - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Very lively, makes pivoted tight turns, twin tips, beautiful artwork
Cons: Not built for taller women
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Icelantic Riveter 95 - Women's
|Price||$649.00 at REI|
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|Pros||Very lively, makes pivoted tight turns, twin tips, beautiful artwork||Great float in powder, playful, decent stability||Incredibly versatile, easy to ski, fun and quick, only 92mm makes it nimble||A blast to ski, easy to turn, relatively stable, fantastic in powder||Great stability at high speeds, good on hard snow and crud, affordable|
|Cons||Not built for taller women||More expensive, slightly lumbering in bumps||Not the perfect powder partner||Not perfect carvers, some deflection in crud||Only for shallower pow days, needs strong skier to guide them|
|Bottom Line||This ski is so much fun, pivoting on a dime and popping airborne instantly, but unfortunately it did not have the stability we wanted at higher speeds, particularly for our taller testers||A great choice for a West Coast woman who loves getting out in the soft snow||The cat's out of the bag on the new Secret from Volkl - it's versatile performance makes it our favorite overall ski||An absolute ripper ski, but you don't have to yet be a ripping chick to fully enjoy them||A high-quality, affordable ski for all snow conditions, including up to 6 inches of fresh powder, but it takes a strong skier to bend and maneuver them|
|Rating Categories||Riveter 95||Rossignol Soul 7 HD W||Volkl Secret 92||Elan Ripstick 94 W||Dictator 2.0X|
|Stability At Speed (20%)|
|Specs||Riveter 95||Rossignol Soul 7...||Volkl Secret 92||Elan Ripstick 94 W||Dictator 2.0X|
|Waist Width (mm)||95||106||92||95||96|
|Available Lengths (cm)||155, 162, 169||156, 164, 172, 180||149, 156, 163, 170||156, 163, 170, 177||155, 163, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187|
|Rocker||Tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, cambered inside edge||Tip and tail, camber underfoot|
|Weight Per Pair (lbs)||7.3||7.7||8.2||6.7||7.9|
|Construction Type||Durasurf 2001 P-Tex sidewall||Sandwich||Full sidewall||SST sidewall||Sandwich|
|Core Material||Poplar||Paulownia wood||Multilayer woodcore, poplar/beech||Tubelite wood||Paulownia & Poplar|
|Tested Length (cm)||169||172||170||170||171|
|Intended Purpose||Freeride||All mountain powder||All mountain||All mountain play||All mountain stability|
|Ability Level||All levels||All levels||All levels||All levels||Advanced/Expert|
Our Analysis and Test Results
OutdoorGearLab testers agreed this ski should be called "The Pivoter" instead of the Riveter, for its uncanny ability to make a flat-footed twist. We loved taking the Riveter in the bumps and trees, since it can pivot on a dime, and seems to prefer a much tighter turn radius than its specs would implicate. The stunning mountain graphics were icing on the topsheet for this lightweight, springy ski.
Stability at Speed
For a smaller, lighter skier, the Riveter might provide a moderately stable ride at speed. However, for our testers, who are taller and heavier, it did not offer the solid platform we wanted when pushing our MPH limits. The Riveter did hold an edge better than we anticipated, but again for our larger testers, the "usable edge" (the part of the ski which actually grips the snow between rockered tails and rockered tips) was simply too short to feel confident.
We enjoyed carving the Riveter so more than we thought we would - partially because it holds an edge better than most skis with a similar softer flex, and partially because the turn radius was much tighter than the 16m the manufacturer claims. Our testers found that the ski moved rapidly from edge to edge, in part due to its abundant rebound of 5mm camber underfoot. The Riveter truly springs from one short carved arc to the next. Our testers all agreed that it feels more like a 14m radius in the 169cm length, giving it a very lively sensation. Because it is quite soft, even a small lightweight skier should be able to bend this ski, arc a clean carve, and feel it bounce back afterward.
The Riveter did not impress us as much as we hoped in fresh snow. We believe this to likely be a function of the lack of length, combined with the copious rocker, creating the sensation of a shorter ski that tends to nose-dive in deeper powder. Even our smallest tester, who generally skis a powder ski in the 170cm range, felt there was not enough tip on the front of this ski to maintain consistent floatation. In half a foot or less, it performed well, staying on top and showing us the same lively, smeary personality we loved about it elsewhere. When it got deeper, however, the tips started to dive underneath, making everything feel more laborious and less fun. Our testers believe that if they made this ski in a longer length, many women would find it to be a quality powder ski.
The Riveter surprised us again in this metric. Despite having a softer construction, which might often account for deflection and inability to push through chunkier terrain, the Riveter handled rough terrain like a champion. One tester considered whether its softness actually helped dampen the bumpy ride; it felt like the ski absorbed some of the jolts rather than transferring those to your body to deal with. It doesn't plow or slice through the chop like some of our highly rated crud skis, but attacks it in a completely different way. It felt as though even when the Riveter was bounced off course by an unforeseen chunk, it took it in stride and pretended it wanted to be bouncing in that direction. This ski is so quick, agile, and easy to maneuver that it doesn't take much effort to get it back on track even when it goes astray.
Thanks in part to its lightweight construction, the Riveter is incredibly easy to get airborne. Our testers were inspired by their nimbleness to try some spins, where the Riveter felt very maneuverable and landing switch on the twin tips felt smooth and secure. The rebound and tighter-than-stated turn radius made simple short turns on groomers feel fun. "Poppy, but not too floppy" was the appreciative expression of one tester.
The ability of the Riveter to pivot quickly and accurately made for some very fun mogul skiing. The abundant tip rocker allowed us to turn rapidly, but the tail is still stiff enough to snap you into the transition to the next turn. We felt confident enough in its abilities that we could choose the zipper-line or the mellow surf line, and enjoyed them both on this ski.
The Icelantic Riveter 95 has an average price tag for an average ski. One of our ski tuners mentioned that the quality of steel in the edges might be slightly subpar, and may accept fewer tunes throughout its life than other skis with higher quality metal. If you prefer to shop American-made or want to dress up your ski-look with these absolutely gorgeous top-sheets, then the Riveter might provide added value there.
We would recommend this ski to ladies who enjoy something a little lighter and more agile, and don't mind sacrificing some heft and stability. This would be an excellent ski for someone looking to get a little jibby in the park, but who also wants to tour the whole mountain at times. It could also function well as a lighter-weight backcountry ski. However, until Icelantic starts making their women's skis in a longer length (and us tall gals really hope they do), we cannot recommend this ski to anyone over about 5'7" in height.
— Renee McCormack