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The idea that one fat ski can serve as your entire quiver isn't a new one, but Rossignol took the ball and ran with it into entirely new territory with the Soul 7. Versatility defines the Soul 7 and drives its unique engineering. Instead of metal, the Soul 7 has lightweight paulownia wood at its core for liveliness and pop. Gone are the heavy, floppy tips you find in most fat, rockered rides; here you'll find a honeycomb structure built into the tip and tail, a touch that drastically reduces swing weight and moves the mass of the ski under your foot for improved stability and edging control. Progressive rocker keeps the tip and tail floating above deep snow, although you'll find that the amount of rocker has been reduced slightly at the tip and more dramatically at the tail. There's no need to adjust your touch or change your approach when faced with new terrain because this ski does the majority of the work. Float through backcountry powder lines, drop hammers on the corduroy, and blast through chewed-up chunder with reckless abandon.
- Power Turn Rocker full rocker profile with a low tip and tail rise
- Sandwich construction layers wood core and ABS sidewalls between the topsheet and base
- Aggressive sidecut for a 17 meter turn radius
- Air Tip honeycomb structure reduces swing weight at the tip and tail
- Free V.A.S. visco-elastomer material provides vibration reduction
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I'm 5-10, about 175 lb. Currently skiing...
I'm 5-10, about 175 lb. Currently skiing 177cm Apache Recons, but I'm looking for something thats better in powder and light enough to take me into the backcountry. Skill wise I would consider myself an advanced skier. Should I get the 180 or 188 size ?
I'm 5-5, 180lb. I ski with 163cm Volkl...
I'm 5-5, 180lb. I ski with 163cm Volkl AC50 and love it. I wonder if 172cm Soul 7 is too long for me to ski moguls and trees with.
Also, is Look Pivot 14 Ski Binding XXL 130mm a good binding for Soul 7 ?
The 172 soul 7 will not be too long for you at all, I would never suggest going any smaller on this ski. As a matter of fact at 180lbs I would be suggesting the 180cm if you are an advancing intermediate on up.
As a reference I'm 6'1" 178lbs 42 year old expert and I wouldn't even consider owning the Soul 7 in anything but the 188cm for a one ski quiver. I love the moguls and tight trees, own 185 JJ's as a similar ski to the soul 7 and not once wished they were shorter. This is an entirely different ski than your AC50, not one similarity other than you put wax on the bottom and point them down:)
I haven't come across one individual in person or anywhere online that says they bought this ski too long, but a few that bought it too short, just an FYI.
Your weight says 180-188cm but your height says 172-180cm so I would base decision on your ability, where you ski, how much snow you encounter on deep days, and your percentage of time in moguls and tight spots. Also look at some of the reviews below.
My wife is 5'6" 138lbs and expert level skier I would buy AT LEAST the 172cm for her.
The look pivot 14 will be a great binding for this ski but you don't need the 130mm, get the 115mm version. Also look at the rossignol FKS 140 115mm, rossignol fks120 115mm, marker griffon 110, etc... Many choices but make sure you get the brake width that closely matches the waist width of the ski.
Let me know if I confused you to death or I can answer any other questions.
Very helpful answer, thanks a lot!!
It looks like 180cm were sold out for most of the online stores.
I will try to find one...or just wait for next year.
Awesome, but don't break
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm 190cm tall and 75kg heavy, and I ski on the 190 length. Wow, what a skis. This is my daily ski, in-bounds and out, and it performs well on all snow types and terrain types for me. They are unreal in powder, easy to pivot in moguls, carve awesome on groomers and are great in chop and crud as long as you aren't nuking through heavy crud. They are super light and nimble and are great for touring.
Unfortunately one ski snapped due to it hitting a log under the snow (I would have expected most other skis too). Bummer. Rossignol agreed to warranty the skis, and told me 1 month. 2 months later they told me two weeks. After that they finally got back to me to tell me I would not get the skis till next season. Not impressed with this situation and their lack of communication, not returning emails and not having answers when I called. I am giving 5 stars purely based on the ski
If you want a one ski quiver for both in and out of bounds, this is your ski. But I question whether I would go with this company again.
I demoed the soul and DPS hybrid this year...
I demoed the soul and DPS hybrid this year and loved them both. Each for only an hour and on different snow heaviness. Does anyone have experience with both? the DPS is reaching the limit of my budgeting ability.
I'm not sure if this will help, but check out this detailed review for more information on the DPS skis. I honestly think that this Soul 7 is more suitable for intermediates looking to gain confidence so if you like high speeds or want a crud buster, look elsewhere.
Thanks Lexi, I appreciate the honest answer. This page is a bit of a Soul7 love fest. What other similar skis to you recommend looking in to? Living in the northwest I do my share of crud busting! But also spend a fair amount of time looking for those hidden powder stashes. Not looking for the 1 quiver as I keep my old carvers for those days when there is nothing but groomers. Thanks for your advice.
I'm gonna jump on this question if you don't mind. I would agree with Lexi about crud and the Soul 7 but really depends how aggressive of a charger you are. If you take crud busting at a slow conservative pace then the Soul 7 would probably be ok. If you are aggressive and wanting to keep challenging the terrain, especially our NW crud then it's not stout enough.
Ever looked at an Armada TSTW? The front of the ski will feel similar to the Soul 7 but from the center of the ski back it's stiffer. This has its plusses and minuses in comparison to the Soul. It will perform in the crud better and slightly better performance on the hard pack. Downside will be not as forgiving in moguls, not as surfy feeling overall, and just slightly less playful. I have never heard a negative comment in the crud on the TSt.
Atomic Millenium could be a different option as well. A lot of reviews I've encountered say it has pretty good muscle behind it. When my wife bought her VJJ the shop was saying VJJ for surfy and playful or Millenium for a more charging type of powder ski.
Fischer Koa 110 is another option. Check out the gals reviews on backcountry. I have little experience with Fischer other than I tried next years Fischer Big Stix 122 in spring conditions but was impressed by its characteristics and can't wait to try them again.
I don't have an opinion on the DPS other than I hear great things. They seem very stiff hand flexing in the stores but that doesn't mean anything.
Thanks, gives me some more research homework.
I've had Big Stix and now Wateas so it will be good to compare.
Please keep us posted, I would love to know what you end up choosing. Let me know if you have any other questions and I will do my best. Lexi also!
Sorry, I lost this thread!
I've skied the TSTw a bit, it's a really nice all-arounder, again you can check Blister Gear Review for my writeup on that one.
Are you looking more for a pow-specific ski?
Skifreak is right on the money with the VJJ.
It's very pow-centric, but also quite maneuverable for how fat it is. I recently tried the ARVw from Armada and was surprised how well it too did in powder when compared to the fatter girth of the VJJ. I liked the ARVw much better than the TSTw.
Looking for an ALL AROUND solid ski, I highly recommend checking the Blizzard Samba - I LOVED that ski.
Recently spent some time on the 4FRNT Madonna as well - that's another really solid all-mountain option that is very fun and playful in powder. I did NOT like the Madonna in moguls, but other than that found it to be very versatile.
Backcountry skiers, believe the hype
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am primarily a backcountry skier who enjoys ungroomed open slopes "in bounds," especially in times of serious avalanche danger. (Colorado most of this season) I bought these skis after everyone, from friends to staff at local ski shop raved about them.
All the raves are justified. The skis are light skinning up, and provide excellent control in all types of conditions from powder to chop to wind pack to spring corn. Steep slopes that were intimidating on old AT skis (K2 shuksans) are either downright fun or at worst, manageable. I'd estimate I am expending maybe half the energy I used to going "down the hill."
The one possible downside, not relevant to me, concerns completely groomed (area resort) runs. These skis are not the best in these conditions.
But for a backcountry skier, who rarely skis the groomed slopes, can't think of a better choice. Well worth the money.
How do the soul 7's ski for women in the...
How do the soul 7's ski for women in the 120 lb weight range (expert skier)? at 5-4, 120 lb, would you recommend the 164's?
Has anyone compared them to the Blizzard Dakotas?
Are you a hard charging or big mountain expert? If you are I would have a tendency to point you towards the Dakotas just based on reviews and word of mouth.
I would base the length of the soul on how aggressive you are and how much float you are wanting out of it. I think the 172 is a better fit for an aggressive expert skier, especially if they live in an area with above average snowfall. But if you prefer moguls, tight trees, and just a more nimble ski then go 164cm. The Soul 7 skis extremely short and I've never heard anybody that bought one to long. But your size puts you in between the two in my opinion. My wife is 5'6 and about 138 lbs and for our area I would probably choose the 174 for her. She skis a 175cm VJJ and the Soul 7 has a little less rocker in the tail.
I will see if Lexi can offer some advice as well. She is closer to your size and I'm thinking she would opt for the 172cm.
Hope that helps,
I am 5'3" and 120 lbs, expert and fairly aggressive skier.
This ski (from what I've heard everyone say) skis short and nearly everyone I've spoken with recommends sizing up.
I wouldn't even consider purchasing the 164cm based on the feedback I've heard.
I would grab a pair of the 172cm skis in a heartbeat.
Hopefully that gives you a little insight!
Fat ski that turns like a skinny one.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had given up on sidecuts, but I am hooked on this one!
I'm 5'11" somewhere between 190-195 pound...
I'm 5'11" somewhere between 190-195 pound range. I'm a good skier, but I'm also closing in on 50 and am not going to be landing switch or exceeding 40 mph anymore (although I have probably come close this winter trying to keep up with my son).
I ski at Eaglecrest and this is going to be my powder non-carving ski, so I'm not worried about chatter on ice (which I really hate). I'm not going to be using this ski on those days. Right now I'm using 177 cm AC30s for those, but I'm looking at K2 Rictors as replacements. My older kid quit racing, and I got him a pair of Rictors and am very jealous of how he now handles moguls (much better than my AC30s or his slalom skis can do).
I'm struggling between the 180 and 188s. We have a lot of tree skiing, and the tight turn really opens up a lot of extra powder options. But, I'm worried about losing float too. Everything I read here tends to push for the longer ski, but I'm not a 19 year old trying to push new limits and want to have fun. Unfortunately, I'm not going to get to demo these, so I am going to have to decide online.
188cm for sure. I'm 42 and you better not be saying 50 is getting too old to push the limits. This ski and the super 7 ski extremely short. At your height and especially your weight you will regret going shorter on the deep days. If you ski a 177cm AC30 you have to go to the 188cm. Trust me I'm not even wavering on my decision for you.
188cm Soul 7, pick out your binding in the correct brake width, get out your wallet, get them in the mail, and mount them before season is over.
Hope that was clear enough for you. Enjoy and I hope in 8 years I'm still doing what you are.
I've demoed these ski's at Whistler. They're amazing. If you're a stronger skier, I would go with the longer ones. I demoed the 188's and they feel much shorter then they are with the rocker and playful feel. I'm 6 feet and 215 lbs.
I am in the market for a pair...
I am in the market for a pair of new skis and have heard a lot of good things about the Soul 7's. I am 6'3" and about 220 llbs. I would describe myself as an Advanced skier. I mostly enjoy off piste and through the trees in tight spaces. I also like to have a bomb down but mostly prefer to get around the whole mountain and have a play. I have been skiing the Salomon XT850 and it's been OK but I am looking for something that is lighter, more playful and good in the softer snow/pow days. I live in the Canadian Rockies so my local hills are Sunshine, Lake Louise, etc. Two questions:
- what size would you suggest for me - 180 or 188?
- what bindings would you recommend?
I would 100% go with the 188. I am exactly your size, like my review right below yours, and they ski pretty short. Watch my video of a powder day at Targhee and see how well they swing around in trees and stuff. Great ski!...and any binding will work. I do a little bit of touring and have the Freeride Pro bindings on them.
188cm all the way. Whatever deal you can score on a binding this time of year, whatever color you like, all personal preference. If ordering just make sure you pick the correct brake width for the Soul 106mm waist. Rossi, Look, Marker, Salomon, Tyrolia, etc.. Are all good. Certain people like certain bindings for various reasons.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am 6'3", and 200 lbs. After a long debate I decided to buy the Soul 7 188, and it was a Great decision.
The video will show you what I'm saying. I am on the Soul 7, and my friend is on the Sin 7.
Sure, they do have a speed limit, which is still pretty fast, and there could be better skis in crud, but they have done just fine for me so far. The Honeycomb tip and tail actually do make a huge difference in swing weight. I just started doing 360's this season, and I am totally comfortable doing them on the Soul 7.
They have a nice surfy feel, and you can slash and throw snow around at whatever speed you want. They kill it in the trees. I love how playful and lively they are.
I tried them out on a hard snow day also. They are made for soft snow, but they could suffice as a one ski quiver if you need them to.
I have taken them into the backcountry once so far, and they did great!
Overall, they are exactly as advertised, and I love them! Most Versatile ski I have ever been on.
Given the extremely light nature of this...
Given the extremely light nature of this ski, would a 240 pound expert skier be too much for the 188? Looking for a good soft snow ski but concerned I would overpower it.
I was hoping someone else with more Soul 7 experience would answer your question, but being that it's spring time I wanted to try and help as quick as possible. If you look at the recent post above, he is a fairly big guy just not your weight and he loves them.
In everything I've read big heavy guys will over power the ski, especially aggressive chargers who ski a lot of crud. Some people would recommend you stepping up to the Super 7 instead but I have found limited reviews and forums on the Super 7 to highly recommend it. If you go Blistergearreview.com they have a pretty extensive review of the Soul 7 but pay close attention to the size of the person skiing it.
You said 240lbs but how tall are you? If you do go Soul 7 I would really think about mounting the binding back a little bit just because of your size, but I would discuss this with the shop doing the mounting. It's hard to argue that the Soul hasn't been a massive hit this year but your size and ability level does worry me.
I'm 6'3", 200lbs., and pretty aggressive, and I love them. I would give them a 4 on crud performance at my height and wieght.
There is a guy at my home resort, Beaver Mountain, UT, who is shorter, but probably about 250. He isn't the most aggressive skier, but he skis the Soul 7 every day I have seen him up there and he loves them. If you consider yourself a "charger" though, I would maybe consider something a little more burly. If you like to play with the mountain instead of destroy it, this might be a good ski for you.
Would the soul 7 suffice as an AT backcountry...
Would the soul 7 suffice as an AT backcountry rig, or are they a bit cumbersome? If not,many recommendations on a hard charging backcountry ski? Thanks
The Rossi Soul 7 was designed for precisely for the kind of riding you describe. Not everyone who own this ski uses it for AT, but the aggressive sidecut and air tip honeycomb structure mean a tight turning radius and low swing weight in the tip and tail.
Overall the Soul 7s have a nimbleness that belies their general size and weight. A perfect combination of power and agility that makes them easy to tour up the hill with, and powerful in the descent.
Solo Chutes and Ladders with the Soul 7
This will show the versatility of the ski. I love the touch of flex in the Soul 7s and they've seen majority of the days this year.
I just returned to skiing. I worked my...
I just returned to skiing. I worked my way back up to blue runs during my visit to whistler. I rented VOKL RTM84 based on the ski stores recommendation but I found them harder to maneuver. The shop up there recommended the soul 7 or the sin 7? What are your thoughts? I want a high quality ski that is versatile to accommodate most conditions. I live in socal and frequent big bear, mammoth, whistler, park city and tahoe. I am 6' and 240 lbs. Also what size would you recommend for me?
Are you talking buying or renting and demoing? At your size if you are an intermediate to advanced skier I would recommend the 188cm Soul 7 if you think you will be encountering more soft snow than firm. Once you adjust to the width and the odd rocker in the tips you really can't go wrong with it.
I would choose Sin 7 if you prefer spending the majority of your time on groomers and barely dabble off piste. With the size of the resorts you are mentioning and you stating you are just getting back into skiing I would choose 188cm Soul 7 if you can find some, Backcountry still had about 7 pair left. If you read the majority of the reviews you can't go wrong with this ski. If you were a very aggressive and hard charging expert at your size I would try to steer you away from either of these two skis.
Anybody else out there have any thoughts? Good luck and enjoy!
What powder skiis do you recommend for a very aggressive hard charging expert?
Are you looking at a more dedicated powder ski or still trying to stay all mountain versatile? Will this be your only ski?
Don't believe the hype: pretty, but weak
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Against the backdrop of how much I liked the original S7 and S3, Rossi's huge hype campaign on how the new 7-series improved on the old design in every way made demoing the Soul 7 the biggest disappointment I've had in 30years+ of testing gear.
I spent an entire variable-condidtion pow day on the Soul 7 & found it a mediocre intermediate ski that did *nothing* well other than be light. Even under my 160lbs, float in light & medium density snow was lacking. Yes the ski is 10mm narrower than the old S7, but unfortunately what you give up in the pow is not paid back on piste. The vaunted, new, flatter, & squarer tail shape on the Soul 7 provided no discernible advantage on hard snow, however it made the ski much less maneuverable in tight & deep conditions than its wider predecessor.
Hard snow performance was truly abysmal: the tips flattered like rag-dolls at speeds over 25mph on tracked up, glazed rides back to the lift. The tips & tails are so soft that it feels like there is no camber to this ski. Quick, edge-to-edge short radius turns were utterly lacking in energy or edge bite. GS turns w/ the Soul 7s skied way out away from body engaged the edges, but were harrowing on a ski this spineless.
In contrast, on the old S7s or Armada JJs, I had no problem making snappy, carved short turns in the fall line with enough camber to "pop" me into the next turn. W/ a centered, modern stance "fun shapes" like the old S7s, JJs, & Patrons will also carve decent GS turns up till about 40mph, when they start to chatter on icier slopes, but every decent ski in this category is still more stable at 40mph than the Soul 7 was at 20mph.
Who is this ski for? No idea.
Low intermediates looking for a ski with more float should opt for more tail rocker for easier turning. Everyone else will be left wishing this ski had more substance.
Perhaps the wider Super 7 or Squad 7 offer this, but I need a tourable width that will side-hill, so I'm looking elsewhere.
Has anyone skied both soul 7 and head rev...
Has anyone skied both soul 7 and head rev 105? If so, how do they compare/contrast with one another?
Does it make sense to move the mount of...
Does it make sense to move the mount of the bindings slightly forward if you like to do tree skiing predominantly? (Somewhere between "factory recommended" and "center")
Also, i have two pairs of bindings. Rossi Axial2's and Marker Griffons. Which should I mount and what position?
Greg, it does make some sense to do that if you are gonna be making tighter turns through the trees, also helps if you ever ride switch (on purpose or accident). It will give you a little bit better feeling knowing your tips arent gonna be flopping around quiet as much and will let you get that much closer to the trees when you make turns. As for the binding, I would go with the Marker Griffons, they are an excellent binding. Im not saying Rossignol are bad, but I think the marker griffon would be an awesome set up on these skis.
I think it depends a little on your size and how long of ski you will buy. Just remember these skis turn so short and so fast tree skiing at the recommended line will be no problem at all. Riding switch and park skiing is how I would base your decision about mounting position not tree skiing.
Even though Rossignol bindings are the match for the ski I prefer Griffon. The weight of the Axial 2 is quite a bit more so I say keep a light ski light.
Go with the Rossignol FKS 140 XXL bindings - I have them on my Soul 7's (188 cm) and they are a dream set up!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I just got back from a week of skiing this at Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee and wanted to slightly revise my review from before. I still love this ski- on the soft powder days it was super playful, easy to turn and very fun. I had a blast. However, we did have a day or two with slight warmer temps, which made the snow heavier and turned the tracked out sections more into crud. Going through that snow at any speed, the Souls felt unstable and easily knocked around. I think it's mostly because of their light weight (which makes them fun in softer stuff), but I think it's just helpful to know that if you're looking for a hard charger that can handle crud and variable conditions at high speeds with ease, you may want to look elsewhere.
Believe the hype!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Rarely do I buy a product that not only meets the hype, but exceeds it. But, the Soul 7s do. I have skied them in everything from 1 ft. of fresh powder to icey steep moguls in the PNW and they never cease to amaze. I'm 6' 190lbs and have the 188s (thanks to advice from commenters on backcountry) and they are perfect. The light swing weight and 5 point design makes them feel so quick edge to edge, they lay down big GS turns like butter and are just a blast to ski. They are now my 1 ski quiver. They are damp enough that they forgive mistakes and unlike my Wailers 112s, never throw me in the back seat. They are great on double black steeps, fresh powder, and even groomers. I have them paired with Tyrolia attack 13s, with a low ramp height and light weight. I do agree that if you are power skier - they may not be for you as they are not super stiff. But, for everybody else - you will love them and then some.
A fellow backcountry.com employee, Noah gets a little bit of snow in his face while shredding a liftline at Brighton.