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2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Ski


Pros: Light and versatile, a worthy successor to the S7

Cons: Prefers tighter turns to long arcing turns

Here's Phil talking about the Rossignol Soul 7, complete with some on-the-snow footage:



Our testers gave a lot of attention to the 100-110 mm underfoot class for 2014, and this was at the top of the class, living on the finesse, quick and playful end of the spectrum. Its not so light and lively as to be nervous in any conditions we saw, including classic Tahoe crud, but it doesn't blast through like a metal laminate ski. This will also be an interesting option for backcountry skiers who focus on soft snow touring, thanks to its weight and versatile shape (one trick ponies don't tend to work out so well in the variable conditions found out of bounds).


Pros: Very Lightweight, Versatile, Easy to Ski

Cons: May Be too Soft for Metal Fans
















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Rossingol's New Soul 7 Ski 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 the 2014 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 moderately stiff for a ski with not metal, 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.

Posted by Matt on 8/15/13


Pros: Light, playful and very maneuverable.

Cons: Almost too light, limited to shorter to medium radius turns.


The new Soul 7 from Rossignol is a very important ski for them for a couple of reasons. The "One Of-Something" waist width segment will be a highly contested category for 2014 with many incoming new models along with some established models that are going after a segment that is still trying to figure it out on who this segment is for and what these skis will do. The Soul 7 is the ski/basket that Rossi is putting it's eggs in. Starting with the visuals, it is one of the cleanest designs Rossignol has come up with in a long time. a simple black mid body with bright yellow tips and tails along with a big R, there is no doubt that this is a Rossignol ski. When you look closer, you will see a honeycomb design in the tip and tail also, this is not just cosmetic, it a patented design that Rossi clever calls "Air Tip", this is used to reduces the swing weight of the tip and tail and increase maneuverability. Does it work? yes it does, almost too well. I found the Sou 7 to be one of the lightest feeling "One Oh-Somethings" for 2014, it was playful and very turny and probably the most soft snow biased of all the skis in this segment. 





Length Tested: 180

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  136-106-126

Camber (select one, delete the rest):  Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested (boot center) 



Other Skis in Class:

* K2 Annex 108

* Blizzard Peacemaker

* Stockli SR107

* Head Collective 105


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Winter Park/Mammoth

Number of Runs: 6

Snow Conditions: Packed/Soft

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 49

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 

-Scott The Ski 175cm w/Look Pivot 15

-Blizzard Brahma 180cm w/Look Pivot 14

-Blizzard Bonafide 180cm w/Salomon 997E 

-Blizzard Bonafide 180cm w/Dynafit Tour Lite

-Blizzard Gunsmoke 186cm w/Look Pivot15

-Nordica Vagabond 185cm w/Salomon Sth2 16

-various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

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2014 Rossignol Soul 7 Ski

The future of freeride is here. A revolutionary fusion of backcountry, freestyle and freeride performance. Featuring new athlete driven innovation and design, the Soul 7 encourages all skier types to push the boundaries and leave their mark. Powder Turn Rocker has been redesigned for even more effortless floatation, fatigue free steering and all mountain versatility. Patented new Air Tip technology reduces swing weight for incredibly lightweight feel. A new ultra lightweight core reduces ski weight by 20% for enhanced agility and easier touring. Whether charging big mountain terrain, surfing through secret glades, or touring backcountry stashes, this is the future.

Lengths164, 172, 180, 188
Turn Radius17.0M @ 180
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialPaulownia/Diago
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingAxial2 120XXL
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2014
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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