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Make soul turns just about anywhere.

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.

With the introduction of the Soul 7, Rossignol has also renamed its rockered, freeride series from the S-series to the 7-series. For those familiar with the S7, the Squad 7, and the Smash 7, the Soul 7 feels similar to the controlled, smoothness of the S7 but has the precise edging and directional control of the S3. True powder snobs will rack the Soul 7 next to a mega-fat pow ski, but for everyone else, this ski is one you can mount with a high-din alpine binding for the resort or a free-heel touring binding for ditching the lift in search of the true soul turns.

  • 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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5 5

Awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this set up!! I'm 6'2" and weigh about 200lbs. I've tele'd for 15 years and ski mostly western resort. If it's not a powder day, I pretty much just stick to bumps...until my legs can't take anymore.

After speaking with M. Pizza at Backcountry and giving him my preferences and specifics, I settled on this set up... Rossi Soul 7 (188), Scarpa Freeride binding, Scarpa TX Comp.

I was worried the soul 7 wouldn't be enough ski for my size. This may be true in crappy crusty conditions but I don't deal with that too often.

On a recent (2') powder day they rocked with plenty of float. These things have been fantastic in the bumps. They even hold an edge on the groomers.

As some have noted, if you're into high speed on hard pack, they can get jittery. But this has undoubtably been my best "one quiver" ski!

Love it!

Awesome
5 5

Fantastic Ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I owned a pair of S7s which I loved....in powder. Anything non-powder-y and those things were no fun. The Soul 7 solves that problem, for the most part. They're still terrific in powder and also pretty good on the hard stuff. Are they great on the hard stuff? No. But I have another set of skis for the REALLY hard days. And for days where I'll spend most of the day off in the deep stuff but want a few groomed runs in between, the Soul is exactly what I need.

So for what this ski is...a powder ski that you can also use all mountain, it's great.

As for size I'm over 6'2" tall and weight around 210lbs. I went with the 180s. I know on paper those are too short for me, but I've always skied short skis. Personal preference I guess. To other tall/big folks, don't let the "experts" sway you. If you like shorter skis and feel comfortable, go with what you like. Don't feel as if there's a law that above X height you need Y size skis.

5 5

Have snow, will ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As long as you can find snow this winter, the Soul 7's can handle it. These are some really awesome skis. They're fun, playful, and responsive. Powder, ice, crud, corn.. put these on just about any type of snow and they'll handle it marvelously. They're lightweight, but not so much that they start to chatter at high speed.
I can't get enough of them. In fact, I love them so much that I plan on putting a pair of tech bindings on them next year for touring.

I have heard a few people complaining about the honeycomb tip/tail, but I haven't personally had any issues with that!
All in all, they're a bomber ski that will thrive on any part of the mountain.
Definitely recommended!

I'm an advanced skier (like the blacks; occasional double black) 6'2" and 175 lbs. Been skiing Rossi Zenith Z9 Ti 170 for the last 6or 7 years and starting to think about new skis. Ski in the east (mainly Stowe) on piste but would like to expand into the trees a bit. Would Soul 7 work for me ? Length recommendation? Thanks

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IMHO, a 108 underfoot is too wide to be the primary ski for east coast. Maybe something like Blizzard Bushwacker.

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I'm gonna disagree with maksim. The Soul 7 sounds perfect for you. I haven't skied it, but I've been skiing its predecessor the S7 (115 underfoot) as my daily East coast ski for a couple of years, and its width has never been a problem. Excellent in the trees, powder, carving quick turns, and generally having fun on the mountain. Not so great for huge turns at high speed, but supposedly the Soul 7 is much better in that regard. Keep the Z9s an an insurance policy for bulletproof days, but I bet you'll hardly ever use 'em.

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Rob, I'm just about the same height, weight, and ability as you and I ski in the east. I try to spend more time in the trees than you describe, but we're probably a pretty close match otherwise. I just got the Soul 7s this winter. I can't say enough good things about them, and I have been surprised at how well they perform on piste but I'd echo the comment above about not making them you're single-ski quiver. I had them out at Stowe a couple weekends ago when they had just picked up about 6 inches of fresh with much deeper drifts in the trees. Those sorts of conditions are where they would really excel over your current skis, but as we know that's not the norm here. I have a set of the Rossi Experience 83s as well and between the two I feel good to go for anything in the east (and a trip out west for that matter). Maybe consider looking into the Experience line if you'd like to stick with Rossi but want something a bit beefier underfoot and more versatile. Or, if you're going to get the Soul 7s consider them a part of a little quiver.

Any recs on length? I'm 5'11, 178 lbs. coming from a 176 Salomon BBR. Like moguls and powder bowls but something that will hold OK on groomers at the end of the day. Ski mostly out west. Rarely in trees. 180 vs 188?

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at your weight I'd say you could pull of the 188s easily.

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I'm 5"10, 180 & spent most of a week on 172 Soul 7s in Utah on month-old snow - my 180 Bushwackers were too long in the moguls, trees & chutes . . no rocker to speak of by comparison.

I just won a pair of Soul 7s and FKS 140s. I am 6'2" north of 250 and after reading the comments am concerned these might be too soft. I was planning on the 188cm. Mostly midwest skiing with infrequent trips to the west and north cascades.

Any opinions????

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go with 188 without a doubt. I ski the 180s and I'm only 150-160 lbs and 5'10". I have also heard that heavier guys don't like them, so if you don't wanna keep them maybe just sell them and look at a different model. depends on what type of skiing you want to do.

5 5

size

I'm 5'7" , 150 lbs. bought the 180's and would't go any shorter. Amazing in powder and ski very nice and short on the groomers. Hope this helps anyone with their decision.

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The 172, 180and 188 all have about the same effective edge between 130 and 132 cm. So unlike some other designs the longer length doesn't translate to more contact when put on edge, at least not on groomers, etc. The surface area does increase proportionately. I think that's why sizing charts on the Rossi site are based on weight not height. I'm 5'4" 155lbs just over the line between the 172 and 180. I would normally go for the 172 but decided on the 180. Hope this helps others. Of course demo'ing is the best way to figure it out.

4 5

Easy to use, best for lighter skiers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really like your reviews as usual! Like to add my take on the ski. I recently spent a week in Beaver Creek using a Soul 7 180. Tried the Sin 7 but immediately returned it after a few runs because it felt way too soft. The Soul 7 still felt soft but could handle a bit more speed in harder snow. Not a lot but enough. The Soul 7 still definitely has a speed limit in harder snow which I noticed right away and I am not a super fast skier, gets really chattery. Tried it in powder and let's just say it is in its element. Smooth and easy. The harder and the more chopped up the snow the more the flex of the ski bothered me (I weight 185 lb). The ski liked to be skied centered, more straight up and balanced. Loved to skid and smear in harder snow. Very predictable. It was very easy to ski in moguls and tight spots but again, felt very flexy so for low speeds it was great. I felt it is a good backcountry ski for lighter riders or intermediates looking to experience harder terrain in bounds without loosing control. I felt the ski would be great with a bit more stiffness (and less chattery tips) and maybe a touch longer turn radius.

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Agree.. ski'd with these in Cham for four days and they felt soft to me on piste. Did not take them off piste as it was early season and slim pickings.

5 5

Best. Tele Ski. Ever

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I mounted with 22 designs tele binding. Skiing the 180. I've been out a handful of times and am completely psyched with this purchase. I was looking for a quiver killer that could hang in all conditions. They have delivered. The low swing weight makes them a great tele ski that will allow for quick transitions. Good stability on the hard pack but enough float for pow. I personally haven't been a better ski for tele. Let it snow...

2 5

Not sure I get it...

I ski fast and hard and these just couldn't keep up. They got thrown around when straight lining or arching big turns through crud. They were nice skiing slow and delicate through tight trees. Bumps were doable but a chore. Considering the width, not bad though. Could carve on groomers but had a release point at speed and edge hold is average. Would be a good powder ski for east coast tree skiing, maybe for touring too. 6'2" 170lbs. Not for hard charges, and I was skiing the 188 cm so they weren't to short.

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I agree, felt too flexy for charging hard in anything but powder. The ski holds much more than I though on harder snow but does not inspire confidence at speed in hard snow at all.

5'9" 160lbs. Intermediate telemark skier. Not very aggressive, prefer more turns over bombing down in a straight line. Is the 180cm the right length for me?

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I'm 5'9" 145lbs. 180 is the right size, but I agree with the guy above. Very maneuverable, but not very supportive at speed - 180 feels like 165 I guess. I like Cham 97 @184mm better.

I just demo'ed the Soul7 188cm and loved the feel through untracked and tracked powder, as well as in the glades. I ski only in the dry pow of the West...my home mountain is Snowbasin Utah, and regularly hit other similar areas like Sun Valley and Big Sky. I own Rossi E88's/178cm and these are stable and speedy on piste....I love them! I've driven them into deep pow with some success, but fall behind my pals with true powder skis when we push off into lightly tracked powder bowls or through the trees. Would the Soul7 be the best addition to my quiver? I absolutely love my E88's for their primary intended use and would like a second ski to round out my arsenal. I am an expert skier, 6'1" / 210 pounds, and looking to take it up an notch in fresh powder without having to work so hard at it. Also, thoughts about the Rossi Axial 3 bindings paired with the Soul7? Thanks!

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Sounds like an awesome choice! I like the Soul 7 because it is super versatile - handles well on hard pack but really rips in fresh snow. Definitely a great ski to balance out your quiver!
And that Rossignol Axial 3 would be the perfect choice. Notice the yellow/black color way? That binding was MADE for this ski! Awesome kit!

5 5

SOUL shred

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this as a gift but I HAVE skied this quite a few times as well. Nate telemarks - I bought him this in a 180cm length and it is the most awesome tour ski ever. SUPER lightweight, easily maneuverable, really versatile. Here's a picture of Nate on his new Soul 7s!

SOUL shred
Unanswered Question

I'm looking for a good all-mountain ski for powder, crud, bumps, and carving the groomers. I'm a 6-1 175 expert, although not extreme, skier. Currently skiing the Rossi S-86 178 and love them. I'll soon be turning these into my rock skis and am looking for an everyday replacement. Thinking about the Soul-7 180 and would like to know how they compare to the s-86. I'll probably demo them before purchasing and was wondering if there were other skis out there that I might want to consider/demo as well.

5 5

great skis

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

these skis are amazing! they are so easy to maneuver, and will go through the deepest of powder with no problem! and did i mention they look so cool!

Hey there i am stuck between the Soul 7 180 & 188. I am hoping for to figure this out. I will be mounting a touring binding on the ski to do backcountry.
Little about me .... 5'10....170 pounds.
Advanced skier. I ski the east. Double blacks are where are ski at sugarloaf usa. Love glades and just getting into powder. I would say advanced skier. I am a little nervous about the 188 being to long. Any help would be appreciated.

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If you are going to primarily ski the East go with the 180 cm. Unless you are used to quickly turning something >180cm. I feel you do not really lose with the shorter ski. The longer ski will give you more flotation and stability at speed both of which you probably do not need. Unless you feel your looking to step up into a longer ski to get more aggressive/ stability, I say go shorter. Have you ever demoed or skied something >180cm? Ski Freak? Your thoughts?

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I have a pair of salomon equipe that I use for groomers and for adult race night. They are 175. My all mountain skis last year were k2 sideshow 181. I didn't find them wide enough for powder. The soul 7's will be set up with a touring binding and used in the chic chocs in Quebec and other places like that. Main focus for them will be backcountry skiing.

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I'm a little taller and about the same weight, I bought the 180's because I had very little experience and already kind of wish I had the longer for more stability at higher speeds. May be nice for more float in the backcountry as well.

I am considering the Soul 7 180 cm. I am 5'8", 195, 50yrs old. I am looking something for all mountain use. I will ski most all the blacks, front and backside. I currently ski a Atomic Theory 168 and lack some performance on powder. I do have some tip flap on higher speed groomers. How does the Soul 7 preform on the groomers and crud?

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Just bought them. They work just fine on the groomers, especially when new with sharp edges
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what binding would you recommend for this ski?

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Bindings are always personal preference. But the new Rossignol Axial 3 in black and yellow is an awesome way to go. The Rossignol FKS series also a great choice if you want the turntable heel.

Marker Griffon is always one of my favorites but if i have the chance to use a matching binding to blend with the ski better I will often go that route.

Many choices but pick the brake width appropriate for the ski and make sure you also get the DIN range that suits you best.

2 5

Disappointment

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these through a mega-pro-deal, so I couldn't beat the price. And it's a good thing I got them so cheap. I'm 6'2", 215lbs, and these skis do not hold my weight. At all. In pow, the waist is too narrow and I catch edges easily. On groomers, the tips chatter mercilessly. They do want to go though, but in a straight line: There just isn't enough camber to assist the edges for carving. It seems to me that the honeycomb tips are just a novelty. Disappointing.