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Soul 7 Size?

post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone!  I am 17 years old (soon to be 18), advanced skier, 5'10,5'11, around 165 pounds and have been skiing since I was 3.  I love skiing everything from steep groomers to powder filled glades/bowls.  I also have some racing experience as well from when I was younger.  Most of my skiing takes place in New York and occasionally Vermont.  I also take a trip out West each year.  I need help deciding a size for the Soul 7's.  Last February I demoed them at Whistler and instantly fell in love.  I'm pretty sure I was skiing a 180, but I'm not 100% sure on that.  I currently ski the 2011 Volkl Bridge (179cm) and the 2014 Volkl Kendo. (177cm)  Would sticking around that 180 range be better for me?  My local ski rep recommended the 180's and said he'd only recommend the 188's if I were to be skiing out West in the bowls all season.  I've seen a lot of people on the threads saying to step it up since it skis so short.  So I'm kind of stuck.  Any suggestions would be appreciated!  Thank you!

post #2 of 10

The 180 doesn't ski that short, I think that's the right length for you.  That's what I ski and I'm a little heavier than you.

post #3 of 10

I found them to ski short on hardpack and a bit less so in powder and crud.  I really loved them in powder and crud but when skiing groomers and hard packed bumps it felt like the front 6" of the ski was just flopping around and not engaging the snow at all.

post #4 of 10

I definitely found the Soul 7 to ski pretty short.  At 5'11", 185# I'd buy it 188 for sure. 

 

But the OP is a touch smaller, lighter 165# (still growing?) and based in the east.  So 180 might be a fine, reasonable choice. 

 

I'd bet that the 180 feels way shorter than the 177 Kendo - which may be OK.  It all depends on what you want the ski for.

post #5 of 10

If you are skiing 177 Kendo's, I think you'd find the 180 Soul 7's short. I'd consider the 188 personally, they are stupid easy to ski and with all the rocker won't feel like much more ski then your volkl's.

post #6 of 10

I demoed the 180 and liked it.  I got a pair of 188s and like those to.  I could probably ski either size with the 188 being better in deeper heavier snow.  If I was on the east coast I might go with the 180s.  I am 5'10, 180 lbs.  I think you could use either size.

 

I have a student who is a little bigger than I am and a few years older, I am 51.  He demoed the 188 on my suggestion.  He found them to be too big and didn't like them much.  A few days later he tried the 180s loved them and bought them that day.  He is a good skier, a solid L8.  I think Bob Peters skis both the 188 and the 180 lengths.  Bob is a bit bigger than I am.

 

The 188 Soul7 skis a lot bigger than the 188 S7 if that helps you.

post #7 of 10

TPJ good insight there.  I'm an EC skier and the 180's are fine, I even like them on hardpack - and as you say, although I haven't skied the S7's I owned S3's and they skied much shorter than the Souls do.

post #8 of 10
Dont know if this helps but I ski 163cm Head Titans and i'm very keen on getting some Souls or Sins for new snow days. A couple of weeks ago when we were still skiing over here, I compared the Titans to a pair of 180cm Souls . The effective edge length on the Titans was actually longer than the black part of the Soul and the actual edge on the Soul didn't go that much further either as it stops quite a way out before the tips. I'd say thats why they feel 'short' on harder packed surfaces.
So I will definately be getting the 180's to start with, not any shorter. I skiied the 178 S3's when they were around as well and thought could have been longer so 180 Sin/Soul I think will be perfect for me.
So maybe depends on what length skis do you usually ski? If its more than 163cm which most people are, then 188s I'd say wouldn't be a problem, its more what do you want to do with it, agility and quickness 180, stabler and all deeper snow days then 188.....?
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
 

I demoed the 180 and liked it.  I got a pair of 188s and like those to.  I could probably ski either size with the 188 being better in deeper heavier snow.  If I was on the east coast I might go with the 180s.  I am 5'10, 180 lbs.  I think you could use either size.

 

I have a student who is a little bigger than I am and a few years older, I am 51.  He demoed the 188 on my suggestion.  He found them to be too big and didn't like them much.  A few days later he tried the 180s loved them and bought them that day.  He is a good skier, a solid L8.  I think Bob Peters skis both the 188 and the 180 lengths.  Bob is a bit bigger than I am.

 

The 188 Soul7 skis a lot bigger than the 188 S7 if that helps you.


I'm on the 180 train given the OP's weight, ability, and primary skiing location.

 

I don't think 188 ought to even be in the discussion, but that's just me.

post #10 of 10

Another way to look it could be...  I would ski the 188 S7 in a longer length, I wouldn't want the 188 Soul7 to be any longer.

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