Landing somewhere between the 2013 Rossignol S3 and S7, the Soul 7 is 106 mm underfoot with a 17 mm turning radius and a little less rocker in the tip, and substantially less rocker in the tail.
The attention-getter on this ski is the translucent honeycomb tip and tail section, designed to reduce swing-weight, but also aiding in reducing tip chatter at speed. Rossignol says in saves 20 percent in weight over similar skis – and we found it didn’t adversely affect performance on snow.
Our testers found this to be a great all-around ski in the category, moderately damp (not so damp that it feels dead, not so lively as to make crud too much work), well balanced and versatile in a wide variety of conditions.
First time out at Alpine Meadows in firm conditions, it was happy and stable in medium to long radius turns. Fast forward to about a foot of fresh at Sugar Bowl, and this ski did really well in mixed conditions – floating well for its width in powder, turning comfortably and quickly through crud without hooking thanks to taper in the tips, and even carving surprisingly well in packed powder groomers.
Edge engagement seemed better than previous skis in the family and it didn’t feel like it wanted to wheelie out if you found yourself in the backseat, but at the same time it didn’t give up maneuverability on the previous, more rockered skis.
The weight savings on this ski will make it an interesting option for powder-seeking backcountry skier. They’ll be a great option for a quiver-of-one ski for out-west type skiers who focus on soft snow.
Rossignol Soul 7 Specs:
Available Lengths: 172, 180, 188