High Gear: looks at, and likes, the Rossignol Soul 7
Rossignol Soul 7
Sizes: 164, 172, 180, 188
Turn radius: 17 meters
Rockered tip and tail
In an industry that’s started pushing a different ski for every condition, the one-ski quiver is an increasingly rare possibility for the avid skier. You’ve got your park skis, your powder-day skis, an all-mountain ski for ripping groomers and bumps and maybe even a separate alpine touring setup for carving the backcountry. The all-purpose everyday ski will usually have a shortcoming or two in one condition or another.
Enter the Rossignol Soul 7 — previously the S7. It might just be one of the few that could make the ideal of the one-ski quiver a reality.
For a few seasons now, I’d heard, “You’ve got to try the Rossi S7s.” It was either, “They’re sick” or, “Dude, they’re so much fun.” It turns out that if enough people are saying it, it just might be so.
And when Ski, Skiing, Powder, Freeskier, Outside and Back Country magazines all give it the thumbs-up, then there’s definitely something to it.
We recently spent a morning on the Soul 7s, courtesy of Rebel Sports at Copper Mountain Resort to see what all hype was about.
In short, they’re light, they’ve got a short turning radius and they full-on float in the deep stuff.
While they’re not meant for beginners, they are a great ski for the intermediate to expert skier who likes getting into the powder or a little off the grid.
And at 106 millimeters underfoot with a 136 and 126 tip and tail, they are also a good entry point into the fatter ski realm for those less familiar with wider sticks.
The rockered tip and tail really perform exceptionally in powder, even when compared with substantially wider skis underfoot. With a narrower sidecut and 17-meter turning radius, they also turn much more smoothly than their fatter counterparts.
The standard camber underfoot and a strong sidecut also mean they hold an edge pretty well when carving a groomer. As with any rockered ski, there is a little tip chatter at higher speeds on groomers, but noticeably less than with similar shaped skis from other manufacturers.
In addition to being a versatile all-mountain ski with a flare for powder, the Soul 7 would also make a great lightweight touring ski.
The only place they might lose a little maneuverability with their wider tips is on a big mogul run. Also, if you’re a park rat who’s not wild about getting off the beaten path, then they probably aren’t for you.
But even with a rating leaning slightly toward powder ski, the Soul 7s will hold up for a trip or two through the bumps and in the park, for sure.
Add us to the list of fans. We give them the thumbs-up.
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