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2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Skis Review

2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Skis

It is very rare that I get on a ski and say, “I’ve got to have it!” But that was exactly the case on a recent day when I had the chance to demo the2014 Rossignol Soul 7. This ski is brand new for the 2014 season and is Rossignol’s attempt at making a super accessible all mountain freeride ski. The Rossignol Soul 7 is 106mm in the waist, and features tip and tail rocker, combined with camber. These traits combined with a flex that’s on the stiffer side, make for one ski that’s highly capable of any type of terrain or conditions.

It was on a sunny day up in Stowe, Vermont when I had the chance to take these skis out. At first I’ll admit, I was a little wary of seeing how these skis would hold up at higher speeds. The honeycombed air tip seemed like it could be susceptible to chattering when things got a little hairy. Plus, I usually find ultra light skis to feel insubstantial at times when you need your skis to charge through crud.

The temperature that day was in the mid-teens, and we’d been enjoying a light snow all week. The resulting conditions were a mix of firm trail riding, with softer snow to be found trailside and in the trees. For a ski reviewer, these are the perfect conditions. Any more snow and you can’t gauge hard snow performance. If there were less snow, I wouldn’t have been able to judge how the Rossignol Soul 7 handles soft snow. Seeing as the Rossignol Soul 7 is marked as an ideal all mountain freeride ski, I was excited that the conditions would allow me to really put these skis to the test.

2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Skis; Air Tip Technology

Now because the honeycomb tip was my major concern, I want to address that first. Let me just say, the honeycomb Airtip does not negatively affect the ski’s performance in the slightest. On the day of testing, I took the Rossignol Soul 7 through endless piles of crud, and not once did I feel like I was leaving it behind. It does however, make the ski incredibly light. From what I’ve heard, one of the goals with the Rossigonl Soul 7, was to create a ski that you could use as a touring ski as easily as a resort ski. With this in mind, the airtip makes perfect sense. Rather than sacrifice core materials that keep the ski stiff, Rossignol decided to simply reduce the weight in the tip and tail. They were able to do this by ending the core, and instead inserting an ABS Resin material, molded into a honeycomb pattern. The result is a ski that doesn’t compromise, and is also 20% lighter than comparable skis on the market.

In terms of the manueverability of these skis, I was equally impressed. The Rossignol Soul 7 aims to be a one ski quiver, and it succeeds. Even in the mixed snow conditions, these skis transitioned perfectly from soft snow, to crud, and then to hardpack without skipping a beat. Thanks to the skis rocker profile as well as camber underfoot, these skis were able to perform flawlessly across all types of snow. The Soul 7’s 106mm waist combined with a 136mm tip and 126mm tail gives this ski an amazingly manueverable turn radius of just 17m. Additionally, those wide tips and tails make it super easy to get these skis up on top of soft snow.

2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Skis in Use

All in all, I was very impressed by the 2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Skis. Like I said, it’s very rare for me to get on a pair of skis and think, “I need these.” But the Rossignol Soul 7 made me a believer. For years everyone’s holy grail has been the “one ski quiver.” And while these skis won’t lay down the tightest slalom turns or float effortlessly over feet of powder, I can assure you that you will have no trouble carving down any trail, or skiing powder on these skis. So while a true one ski quiver may be forever unobtainable, I can tell you that the 2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Skis may just be as close as we’ll ever come. And by the way, I am happy to say that I now own a pair.

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Comments (8)

Thanks for the review!
One major problem: Rossignol needs to hire someone with better spelling skills for their ad campaign. "It's natural environment" should be "its natural environment". BRUTAL typo/grammar problem there, wow.
...Gunnerbob I'm looking at the graphic above and it is "its" not "it's"?
I'm trying to figure out who the reviewer is. It seems more like an advertisement from a retailer.
Would have been nice to know what his stats are: height, weight, type of skier and the length of the Rossis.
Hey everyone, Matt here with Skiessentials.com. This is a review we put together over at the Chairlift Chat section of our website, so hopefully that clears up confusion regarding the source of the review. The review was initially written by our owner, David Wolfgang. He's a pretty big guy, but I'm not sure exactly what his height and weight are, and I also don't know what size ski he tested. I'll have to get back to you guys with that information.

As for the "its" vs. "it's" issue. In one of the images I originally had "it's". I think I usually do a pretty good job of proof reading and editing articles that we post, but I guess that one just slipped past me. Apologies to Gunnerbob, who must be helplessly in love with the English language. Don't worry Bob, I'm the same way, except usually it's the "to" vs. "too" issue that bothers me.
As the editor for Chairlift Chat, I value any and all comments regarding the articles we post, so thanks for the feedback! If you have any other comments, questions, or criticisms, feel free to message me personally! And be sure to keep your eye on Chairlift Chat, we plan on continuing to release ski-related articles and writeups.
Alright, enough of that for now. Everyone, GO SKI!
Any info./reviews yet on what will replace the S3? Or will the Soul 7 be its replacement? Not much wider.
JW MN - It's looking like the Sin 7 is going to replace the S3. Unfortunately we haven't had a chance to demo this ski yet. By looking at its specs though, I can tell you that it looks nearly identical to the S3. Same dimensions, same Rocker/Camber profile, etc. If we do get a chance to check it out, we'll be sure to post up another full review!
the sin7 is a stiffer s3 with the shape looking like that of a squad7 or soul 7 shape, but scaled down appropriately for its size.. I really liked it...fun ski! It was not as burly as the soul 7. i skied all the new Rossi stuff last week and i really liked everything in the 7 series. Also, the new super 7 has a nice new shape and flex. The Soul7 was the shit though. Felt like an enforcer but light and nimble too me.
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