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Rossignol Soul 7 HD Review

Price:  $750 List | $699.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Slays the pow, fun soft snow ski
Cons:  Chatter, poor hard pack performance
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.
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Tested length:  188
Weight Per Pair:  4158
Available Lengths:  156, 164, 172, 180, 188
Manufacturer:   Rossignol

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 a more versatile all-mountain ski like the 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 2017/2018.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Andrew Pierce

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 13, 2018

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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 Rossignol 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 Rossignol 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


Seeking the soft on the Rossignol Soul 7 HD
Seeking the soft on the Rossignol Soul 7 HD

Stability at Speed


Rossignol introduced their all-new Air Tip 2.0 in this years Soul 7 HD and claim that it would reduce 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.

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

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 carbon-alloy mix used in the core of the ski. If you're one 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.


Carving Performance


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

The Rossignol 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, and the Rossignol racing background is evident, even on this mid-fat freeride ski. 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. Aggressive tip chatter was seen/felt/heard 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 underfoot.

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.

Rossi Soul 7 AKA Powder Hunter
Rossi Soul 7 AKA Powder Hunter

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 Mantra scored just as well with a 9 out of 10, but if we had to choose one ski to win this category, it would be the Rossignol Soul 7 HD.

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.

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

Bumps


To be honest, 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.

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

In similar fashion to the Volkl Mantra, the Soul 7 skis a bit long and feels clunky in the troughs. It does have a low swing weight, which may be it's 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 being said, if your bump line gets coated in two feet of fresh, this may be the right tool for the job.


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, like 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

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