Originally Posted by beyond
Being me, I like a con or two in order to believe the pros. For instance, stiffening a ski, especially laterally, without any change in other parameters will usually make it less fluid in bumps or les compliant in powder. Or slightly more work for lighter skiers. Anything to help me other than "it's better in every way?"
Overall, it is better, that's for sure.
It is, however, as you've suggested, slightly more work for lighter and less aggressive skiers. It's probably not the best choice for an intermediate skier looking for their first powder ski, whereas the previous Soul 7 was pretty perfect for that application. The new version isn't hard to ski by any means, but it's stiffer than the previous Soul 7 for sure.
To me it doesn't feel less fluid or less compliant, but I am a relatively aggressive skier. Some might find it more challenging as a mogul ski based solely on the stiffness, but this waist width is getting pretty wide for a bump ski anyways. The swing weight feels really similar to the previous version, so its ability to make quick, pivoting turns is still very prevalent.
I definitely think the improvements to the ski VASTLY outweigh any downsides to the new construction.