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2017 Rossi Soul 7 HD

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We recently had a chance to get out and test the redesigned 2017 Rossignol Soul 7.  Definitely some changes to the way this ski feels for 2017.  Much more energy, much more power, barely heavier, still really maneuverable.  We were all pretty psyched with the new ski.

 

Full Review on Chairlift Chat:  2017 Rossi Soul 7 Review 

 

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Me: 6'

weight: 172lbs

Skis I like - Rossi S3, Fischer Bix Stix 110, Volkl 98, Fisher Ranger 98.

 

I had a chance to demo the 188cm Rossi Soul7HD this past Saturday at Crystal Mtn. I did two runs on them. I went for a wee hike so I could access some untracked just to get a sense of the powder performance. Very easy, and effortless in about 6" of fresh. Easy ski to ride. I also find it an improvement over the 2015 model. Less hooky in the tip, and with the rockered tip it cruises over the crud. It carves quite well for the 108mm waist. There is still just a very slight bit of tip chatter as you get going on the harder snow but felt stable none the less. It was a good tool for the conditions at Crystal. Which was basically packed powder, and fast groomers. I think heavier skiers will like the extra bit of stiffness. You can still push it and not worry about the tips folding on you when you hit some of the heavier piles of snow. Fun, easy ski, with a large sweet spot. I could steer it from the heels, or with a bit of boot pressure. Even centered it was easy to steer. I can see why intermediates like this ski, because it's so easy. Advanced skiers who don't want to worry about what ski they are riding will like it too.

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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?"  :D 

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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?"  :D 

 

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.  

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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?"  :D 

Can't really give a definitive answer on powder performance. Would need to do more than one run in 6" of powder to assess it's true capabilities. However, I highly doubt it gives up anything in any meaningful way for powder compliance. I would say bump performance will be a bit diminished. So if that's what you find yourself primarily skiing, then look for something else.

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