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What size Soul 7s to get?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm 5'7 147lbs and might be getting some Soul 7s. I was just wondering what size you all would recommend? I'm definitely closer to advanced and typically ski the blacks, double blacks and tree runs at the resorts. I'm afraid the 164 will be too short and the 172 too big. Idk if these ski short like my TSTs or not. Any help is appreciated. 

post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by MartyMcFly88 View Post
 

Hello,

 

I'm 5'7 147lbs and might be getting some Soul 7s. I was just wondering what size you all would recommend? I'm definitely closer to advanced and typically ski the blacks, double blacks and tree runs at the resorts. I'm afraid the 164 will be too short and the 172 too big. Idk if these ski short like my TSTs or not. Any help is appreciated. 

 

It skis short....I wouldn't be scared of the 172cm. I am 5 foot 9, 155lbs, and found the 180cm to be about right.  Can't imagine, as that ski being as soft as a TST, you would feel it was too much length. 164cm isn't going to cut it.  

 

I have a new pair for sale if you are interested.  Customer bought them from another shop last spring, still in the wrapper, and traded them in toward a pair of Stormrider 100's....looking to get $550, thanks.  

post #3 of 12

Im not expert but the Soul 7's is a very flexy ski with a good amount of rocker so they Ski short. I would go for the 180's. You should demo a pair though. Soul 7's are VERY easy to get a hold of they are everywhere.

post #4 of 12
172 if not the 180, depending where and how you plan on skiing them! forget about the 164, don't even think about it!
post #5 of 12

I'm 5'6.5" 140lbs and demoed the 172cm, had no trouble with the length. 164cm would've been too short. 

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses. I figured 164 would be way too short. I'm looking into it because I might be able to get a killer deal on some from a friend. My TSTs are 174 and seem to work well. Oh and if we are being precise, I am more like 5'6.5" too haha. Now I guess it is between 172 and 180. 

post #7 of 12
sorry to derail the topic but I'm wondering why the soul 7 if you already have a tst? it won't do much more than what the tst does! are you getting rid of the armada?
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

I heard they are a lot of fun and wanted to give them a shot. It sounds like I will be able to get them for dirt cheap, so why not? If I don't like them, i'll sell them. I have skis for most conditions anyway. Some Atomic carving skis, Icelantic Pilgrims, and TSTs. I don't want to miss out on a sweet deal, so I picked something I heard is really good. Its not a sure thing yet either though. Waiting to hear back about it and exactly what they would cost me. 

post #9 of 12

I'm 5'-9", 150lbs.  I was torn between the 172 and 180 but went with the 172 because I love skiing the trees and do not need to go fast.  Manueverability was important and at your weight/height, it will be fine.  I absolutely love the Soul 7.  Go with the 172, it will be perfect.

post #10 of 12

I'm 5'8" 155 lbs and went with the 180.  I'm an expert 50 yr. old skier from the East Coast.  Spend half time here and half time out west.  All worries of sizing went out the window the 1st day on corduroy and side trail shallow powder.  Compared to my 169 Volkl Karmas these skis are more stable but still turn relatively fast.  They did exactly what I wanted them to do.  They opened up my turns, increased my speed, and added stability and waaaay more flotation.

 

Skiing side by side with my expert 60 yr. old friend (5'8", 165 lbs) who chose the 172's I took on more speed and less turns.  But make no mistake I can easily turn these Souls.  His reasoning in the 172 was he skis slower (he is blind in one eye) and prefers staying in tight turns on the mountain.

 

Interestingly standing them side by side with my 180's it appears the only real difference is the length of the honeycomb tip.  They are 3 1/2" longer.   Tails look the same and running edge is only a tad shorter.  Also his are 104mm underfoot and mine are 106 underfoot.  I agree with reviews where I was advised to get the 180 for more flotation.  As soon as I got into 4-6" of powder the tips engage and help get the ski on top of the snow.

 

Purchased with the Tyrolia Attack 13 this 180 Soul rig is very light so I have no sense they are too long.  Don't forget as per my measurements the 180 is actually a 177 and the 172 is actually a 170.  According to BlisterGear Review the 188 is a 186.5…  I had the shop bevel them from a factory 1/1 to a 1/2…  I'm very happy with the grip on corduroy.  Can't imagine doing anything to them right now - they're perfect...

 

Skied a DPS Wailer 112 in a 184cm length last year and it was too much.  Couldn't make them work on corduroy or hardback…  So these 180 Souls are the bomb for me!

post #11 of 12

I'm 5'11" and 165 and an aggressive skiier.  If I skiied on piste in the east I would go 188 in a heartbeat for speed.  For turning and trees the 180 is really good as these do ride a bit shorter.  For you I'd say no less than that 172.  The 180 would work and would be imo the longest you would want to go.  

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by MartyMcFly88 View Post
 

Hello,

 

I'm 5'7 147lbs and might be getting some Soul 7s. I was just wondering what size you all would recommend? I'm definitely closer to advanced and typically ski the blacks, double blacks and tree runs at the resorts. I'm afraid the 164 will be too short and the 172 too big. Idk if these ski short like my TSTs or not. Any help is appreciated. 


They ski somewhat short and like the TST's the tips are pretty soft. I am pretty sure the 172 will not feel too big at all. If anything you might even be comfortable on the 180. But the 172 is a pretty sure bet. You can easily get a demo pair at Breck or Vail. Most if not all shops around there seem to have Soul 7's.

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