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Rossignol Soul 7 HD Review

The Soul 7 HD prefers the soft snow, but has the capability of having a good time on the way back to the lift.
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Price:  $750 List | $449.93 at REI
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Pros:  Slays the pow, fun soft snow ski
Cons:  Chatter, poor hard pack performance
Manufacturer:   Rossignol
By Andrew Pierce ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 13, 2018
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RANKED
#9 of 13
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 6
  • Carving - 20% 7
  • Crud - 20% 7
  • Powder - 20% 9
  • Playfulness - 15% 7
  • Bumps - 5% 6

Our Verdict

While the Rossignol Soul 7 HD is tied with the same score as the Moment PB&J, they are very different skis. The Soul 7 is most definitely soft snow oriented, and in a year where fresh snow was in short supply, we noticed that very quickly. Now, this is not to say that the Soul 7 can't rail some turns or smash some bumps, but when compared to more versatile all-mountain skis like the Volkl M5 Mantra and Black Crows Daemon, it falls a bit short. The Soul 7 HD still gets four stars from us because it is a great ski, but no specific awards because it just didn't stand out from the crowd of superb skis we tested in 2018-2019.


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Pros Slays the pow, fun soft snow skiFast, solid, consistent, large sweet spotHard charging, fun, easy to skiGreat all around ski, great pop, easy to swingLightweight, snappy, fun
Cons Chatter, poor hard pack performanceMinor chatterSlight chatter at high-end speedSometimes feels soft, skis shortSome chatter
Bottom Line The Soul 7 HD prefers the soft snow, but has the capability of having a good time on the way back to the lift.The new Mantra, now called the M5, is more user friendly than previous versions but is still a powerful and consistently fun ski.The Daemon is a hard charging ski that can be tamed.Fantastic all around ski that will for perform for skiers of all abilities.The Kore 93 is a solid all mountain ski at a reasonable price.
Rating Categories Rossignol Soul 7 HD Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Head Kore 93
Stability At Speed (20%)
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Specs Rossignol Soul 7 HD Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Head Kore 93
Intended Purpose All Mountain/Soft Snow All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain/Soft Snow All Mountain
Ability Level Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Beginner-Expert
Available Lengths 156, 164, 172, 180, 188 170,177,184,191 170, 177, 183, 188 164, 172, 180, 188 153,162,171,180,189
Waist Width 106 96 99 102 93
Radius 17m 21.2m 20m 14.5m, 16m, 17.5m, 19m 16.4m
Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Full rocker, reverse camber Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Weight Per Pair 4158 4252 5265 4126 3780
Core Material Paulownia wood Beech, poplar Poplar wood Multi-layer wood Karuba wood
Tested length 188 184 183.6 188 189

Our Analysis and Test Results

Rossignol has been a leading ski manufacturer for…well, for forever. They've been cranking out high-performance skis since your grandpa was slaying the gnar. The Soul 7 HD is no different, and after reading raving reviews about them, we decided to give the Soul 7s a shot ourselves.

This ski is by far the widest underfoot in our review lineup. Measuring in at a whopping 106mm underfoot, it is just one step shy of being considered a true powder ski. We tested it in a 188cm length, but it has a progressive sidecut and short turn radius, so our testers felt it deserved a shot in our all-mountain category.

The Soul 7 HD proved itself to be a great all mountain ski with an obvious soft snow bias. Our testers found themselves fighting each other for them when we picked up fresh snow, and they tended to be left on the racks as conditions firmed up on the hill. Despite being tied for 6th best out of all the skis we tested, it has the potential to be one of your go-to skis when Mother Nature delivers.

Performance Comparison


Stability at speed may be an issue on the Soul 7.
Stability at speed may be an issue on the Soul 7.

Stability at Speed


Rossignol uses their Air Tip 2.0 in the Soul 7 HD and claim that it reduces weight while delivering stability. Our testers found the skis were lightweight, but once they got up to speed on them, their confidence in the ski dropped.

The unique tips began to chatter and felt remarkably like the Icelantic Pioneer 95. Although, unlike the Pioneer, the Soul 7 felt more stable underfoot, due in part to a carbon-alloy mix used in the core of the ski. If you're on a groomer and the snow is soft, feel free to open it up on these skis. If it is firm or variable, proceed with caution.

The Soul 7 showing its carving ability.
The Soul 7 showing its carving ability.

Carving Performance


The Soul 7 HD came in right in the middle of the pack regarding it's carving performance. Our testers felt just as confident laying them on edge in the soft snow as with the Blizzard Rustler 10, but when the snow surface was uneven or firm, the Soul 7 seemed to lose a bit of edge hold.

This Soul 7 also excels at short radius, and quick carving turns. Rossignol racing background is evident in this ski, although not quite like its cousin, the Rossignol Experience 88 TI. Plenty of fun can be had when these skis are on edge. You just need to be a little more picky about the conditions.

Crud


While not the worst ski in this category, the Soul 7 HD was far from the best. We saw, felt and heard aggressive tip chatter when the snow refroze overnight after a full day of sun and warm temperatures.

The saving grace for the Soul 7 was that some of the chatter felt in the front of the ski was not felt underfoot. The skis felt damp underfoot, unlike the Line Sick Days, and were capable of absorbing some vibrations.

Seeking the soft on the Soul 7 HD.
Seeking the soft on the Soul 7 HD.

Powder


This is what the Soul 7 HD lives for. Everything in the design of this ski comes together to deliver a performance on par with our top skis…even the Rustlers! The wide rockered tip provides the initial float, the fat waist (106mm) is a wide enough platform for most pow days, and the slightly rockered tails allow you to release out of the turn, even if its thick Sierra Cement.

We had a blast in the soft snow on these skis. Some of our testers even preferred them over our other skis in the line up because their soft and consistent flex was ideal for big powder days. Skis like the Volkl M5 Mantra scored just as well though.

Fun in soft(ish) conditions!
Fun in soft(ish) conditions!

Playfulness


What makes the Soul 7 fun in the powder translates pretty well to our playfulness category. It is lightweight, like the Icelantic Pioneer 96, which makes the skis easier to swing and spin in the air.

The skis have just enough tail rocker to ski switch, but shouldn't be compared to a true twin tip like the Moment PB&J. As long as the landings were soft, our testers had a great time playing around in our testing zones on the Soul 7.

Navigating the long Soul 7 in the bumps
Navigating the long Soul 7 in the bumps

Bumps


The Soul 7 HD is not a bump skier at heart. Sure, they can get you down any moguled-out run you choose, but they probably won't be your first choice if you live to bash bumps.

In similar fashion to the Experience 88 TI, the Soul 7 skis a bit long and feels clunky in the troughs. It does have a low swing weight, which may be its saving grace, as that allows you to get your tips around if the moguls aren't too deep or close together. The width underfoot is also not ideal for navigating bumps. All that said, if your bump line gets coated in two feet of fresh, this may be the right tool for the job.

The Rossi Soul 7  AKA Powder Hunter.
The Rossi Soul 7, AKA Powder Hunter.

Best Applications


If it isn't clear already, the best time to bust out the Soul 7 HD is when Mother Nature has delivered the goods and coated your mountain with a thick blanket of powder.

Value


The Rossignol site lists the original MSRP of the Soul 7 HD at $850, which is one of our most expensive skis. However, major retailers sell it at $750 and do not indicate that it is a sale price. However, this price is still at the upper end of cost. They have the potential to be a fun ski, but maybe at a steep cost.

Conclusion


This ski performed like a top ski when the snow was soft, but we hold these skis to a high bar and demand they have ALL MOUNTAIN capabilities. If they suffer in one area, as the Soul 7 does on firm snow, they tend to slide down our rating chart. That is not to say that the Rossignol Soul 7 HD isn't a well-designed ski, because it is, and our reviewers enjoyed them in the right conditions. Make sure you bring them if you expect to be slaying pow.

Exploring the whole mountain at Kirkwood on the Rossignol Soul 7 HD
Exploring the whole mountain at Kirkwood on the Rossignol Soul 7 HD


Andrew Pierce