The Soul 7 is a perennial powerhouse for freeride skiers who love the fresh and soft snow. They have a fantastic combination of flotation and maneuverability. The floaty side of the ski comes primarily from its 106 mm waist width. This is more than enough width for most powder skiers, as it definitely stays on top of a bunch of snow. The maneuverability is born from the five-point or centered sidecut that allows the ski to have a shorter turn radius while still remaining wide enough to float. The end result is a turny ski that can make a bunch of different turn styles. Additionally, the Air Tip 2.0 lightens the extremes and drastically lowers swing weight. For skiers who aren’t full-on big-mountain chargers, the Rossignol Soul 7 has always been a strong choice. With a Paulownia wood core with carbon alloy matrix laminates, the ski has a burly middle section. At 180 cm length, the skis have an 18-meter turn radius, and this allows for fantastic speed control when the going gets tricky. As usual, our testers love the wide and stable platform as well as the quick and nimble nature of this ubiquitous freerider.
Marcus Shakun skied the appropriately sized 188 and had a lot of really nice things to say about it. “The most versatile ski for an advanced intermediate to expert skier that isn’t aggressive and finds themselves in precarious situations.” This echoes the sentiment that they instill confidence due to the easy-to-control sidecut. Marcus continues on that trend: “It’s soft and damp enough so that when/if a mistake is made, recovery can be made easily. It’s dampness and width also make it a very versatile ski—has some really playful characteristics about it.” That maneuverability does have a contrast, though, as Marcus points out, “I don’t feel it has full contact on edge due to the tip shape and the rocker, and this can negatively affect the edge hold and torsional stiffness.” That said, for freeride skiers who want something that is light and easy to use in soft and deep snow, the 2020 Rossignol Soul 7 HD is still an amazing ski.
Jeff Neagle skied the 180 and found it to be the proper size for him. He loved the forgiveness, flotation, quickness, and playfulness of the ski, with all of those categories earning 4’s and 5’s out of 5. His lowest score was a 3 out of 5 and that was for stability. With super-light tips and tails, it’s not shocking that this ski would lack in that arena. In terms of turniness, “It’s easily one of the most maneuverable skis in this category or width range, which makes it a great ski for less-aggressive skiers or those who like to play through the trees at moderate speeds.” Jeff goes on to speak about his stability score, and how it’s affected by the build and design of the Soul 7: “This is the most stable version yet, but it’s still not a powerful ski. Nice to get some extra vibration damping, but if you like to charge, you’ll want a heavier and stiffer ski.”
We always come back to our philosophy that there’s not one perfect ski, but there’s a perfect ski for everyone. For skiers who are not looking for that two-full sheet of metal huge big-mountain ski, there’s a Soul 7 for that. Not everyone likes to or is able to blast through fresh powder at 40 mph and make less turns than anyone else on the hill. The 2020 Rossignol Soul 7 HD fills a nice niche in the ski world, and for those skiers, this is an amazing ski.