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Icelantic Riveter 95 - Women's Review

A fun ski that likes to pivot and get airborne, but lacks high-speed stability, especially for larger women
Icelantic Riveter 95 - Women's
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Price:  $649 List | $649.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Very lively, makes pivoted tight turns, twin tips, beautiful artwork
Cons:  Not built for taller women
Manufacturer:   Icelantic
By Renee McCormack ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 23, 2020
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#7 of 15
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 4
  • Carving - 20% 6
  • Crud - 20% 6
  • Powder - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 15% 8
  • Bumps - 5% 9

Our Verdict

Our testers were pleasantly surprised by this ski's playful performance, and they loved taking it into the trees, moguls, and the terrain park. Unfortunately, some our our testers are taller women, and they were disappointed that the longest version of this ski is only 169cm. Given the vast amount of tip rocker, we wouldn't recommend this ski to anyone over about 5'7". We'd recommend this ski to girls who want to play in the park and take the same ski all over the mountain, but not to those to mostly like to go fast on groomed runs.

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Pros Very lively, makes pivoted tight turns, twin tips, beautiful artworkIncredibly versatile, easy to ski, fun and quick, only 92mm makes it nimbleGreat float in powder, playful, decent stabilityGreat stability at high speeds, good on hard snow and crud, affordableAffordable, quick edge-to-edge, beautiful graphics
Cons Not built for taller womenNot the perfect powder partnerMore expensive, slightly lumbering in bumpsOnly for shallower pow days, needs strong skier to guide themSlightly soft, lack of edge-hold
Bottom Line A fun ski that likes to pivot and get airborne, but lacks high-speed stability, especially for larger womenThis versatile model is a Goldilocks ski: strong enough to battle the crud, but soft enough to accommodate lighter or mellower skiersAn incredibly versatile ski that shines exceptionally bright on powder daysThis model will do great in everything but the deepest powder and is ideal for an aggressive skierAn affordable, handmade ski from Colorado offering a fun ride on a slightly narrower waist and gorgeous top sheet graphics
Rating Categories Riveter 95 Volkl Secret 92 Rossignol Soul 7 HD W Dictator 2.0X Icelantic Skis Orac...
Stability At Speed (20%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Carving (20%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
Crud (20%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Powder (20%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
5.0
7.0
Playfulness (15%)
8.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
Bumps (5%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
Specs Riveter 95 Volkl Secret 92 Rossignol Soul 7 HD W Dictator 2.0X Icelantic Skis Orac...
Waist Width (mm) 95 92 106 96 88
Shape 130-95-117 130-92-113 136-106-126 127-96-117 126-88-108
Available Lengths (cm) 155, 162, 169 149, 156, 163, 170 156, 164, 172, 180 155, 163, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187 155, 162, 169
Radius (m) 16 17.9 18 18 18
Rocker Tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot Tip and tail, camber underfoot Tip and tail, camber underfoot Tip and tail, camber underfoot Tip rocker
Weight Per Pair (lbs) 7.3 8.2 7.7 7.9 6.5
Construction Type Durasurf 2001 P-Tex sidewall Full sidewall Sandwich Sandwich Full sidewall
Core Material Poplar Multilayer woodcore, poplar/beech Paulownia wood Paulownia & Poplar Pacific albus wood
Tested Length (cm) 169 170 172 171 169
Intended Purpose Freeride All mountain All mountain powder All mountain stability Fun and versatile
Ability Level All levels All levels All levels Advanced/Expert All levels

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.

Performance Comparison


Completely at home in both mogul fields and tight tree lines, we...
Completely at home in both mogul fields and tight tree lines, we loved taking this ski anywhere where agility was paramount.
Photo: Scott Rokis

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 could only go so fast on this ski without feeling a bit unstable.
We could only go so fast on this ski without feeling a bit unstable.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Carving


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 solid edge-hold surprised us for such a relatively soft ski, and...
The solid edge-hold surprised us for such a relatively soft ski, and it made a much tighter turn than its specs would suggest.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Powder


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's tips stayed afloat well in powder; we just wish they...
The Riveter's tips stayed afloat well in powder; we just wish they made it in a longer length for those deeper days.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Crud


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.

This ski just laughs its way over the chop, gaily bouncing wherever...
This ski just laughs its way over the chop, gaily bouncing wherever its sent and somehow making it feel purposeful.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Playfulness


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.

We loved flying on this ski!
We loved flying on this ski!
Photo: Scott Rokis

Bumps


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.

Quick and agile, with a penchant for buttery pivots, this ski was a...
Quick and agile, with a penchant for buttery pivots, this ski was a riot in the moguls.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Value


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.

The graphics coming from this Colorado-based company have always...
The graphics coming from this Colorado-based company have always been stunning, and this ski is no exception.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Conclusion


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.

We were often seen smiling while on this fun, pivoty ski.
We were often seen smiling while on this fun, pivoty ski.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Renee McCormack