Rossignol Soul 7 (2013/2014) Review

August 30, 2013
Rossignol Soul 7 (2013/2014)
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
94
Responsiveness
8
Resort Float
10
Carving
8
Stability
9
Forgiveness
10
Value
9

The Good

  • Fun and light without sacrificing stability
  • Easy to turn
  • Wants to ski everything
  • Very forgiving
  • Great swingweight
  • Holds and edge at high speeds

The Bad

  • Not the best carver in the class
  • Lost a little of the excitement on hardpack
THE VERDICT

The new Soul 7 is a fantastic ski for West Coast and Rocky Mountain lift-served skiers with a wonderful mid-radius turn shape that excels in softer snow conditions.

FULL REVIEW

We kind of ran out of superlatives when it came to Rossignol’s Soul 7. Fun and light without sacrificing stability. Wants to ski everything. Excellent edgehold at high speeds. And, “Puts the A+ back in Awesome,” were just a few of the on-snow reports. This really is a breakthrough ski, with the good chance that its lightweight performance will be one of those future design setting benchmarks. A full one-third of our testers named it their favorite, pushing just ahead of the Mantra for the top spot.

After all the hyperbole, though, while the Mantra wants to bully the mountain, the ‘Soul’ rewards a lighter touch. And it does give up just a bit of that amazing stability if you try to push it on hardpack. With such a wonderful mid-range turn shape, you may also have to take it out of its comfort zone to carve short turns in the bumps. In the all-mountain view, that doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice to ride a ski as fun as this.

 


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