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Ski Size- Rossignol Soul 7 HD

post #1 of 18
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I am having a hard time deciding what ski size I should get for a new pair of Rossignol Soul 7 HD's. I found a killer deal online but from Canada so returning them wont be a option. I was hoping someone had or has the Sould 7's and could shed some light. I am 5' 6 , 175 lbs. I am torn between the 172 or 180's.
post #2 of 18
Hey PWG I demoed the soul 7 a year ago in 180 and found it a fine length for me! I ski 177 on my K2 and almost want something longer for off-piste. I'm 5'8 and 185 pounds
post #3 of 18
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I tried the K2 Coombacks in Utah , think they were 168's and loved them. However on groomers the tips chattered really bad and I could tell there wasnt much ski contacting the snow and they probably could have been longer. In pow and crud it was amazing. Decisions Decisions wink.gif
post #4 of 18

180 unless you're a middling intermediate who only does a few days a season.

post #5 of 18
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Unfortunately we only get to take a few trips a season ( living in TX ) for 7 days at a time. I would say I am a very good intermediate to low expert.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by pwgsx View Post

Unfortunately we only get to take a few trips a season ( living in TX ) for 7 days at a time. I would say I am a very good intermediate to low expert.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Always good to hear from others who are determine to leave the sun belt for skiing.  Where do you go most often?

 

By the way, around here there is a big gap between "intermediate" and "expert," which is "advanced."  If you are familiar with the 9-point ability level scale used by many ski schools to organize group lessons, intermediate is more or less 6/7, advance is 7/8, and expert is 9.  Fair to say that there are lots of intermediates and advanced skiers living in TX who love to ski, but relatively few true experts.

post #7 of 18
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I was thinking of the 3 options levels when you rent skis.....so then without a doubt I am a 7 advanced. We have been going to Utah ( Powder Mountain ). We dont like a lot of people and this place fits us perfectly plus plenty of deep powder and the ability to pretty much ski wherever you want. You can even drop down the side and end up on the road where a bus picks you back up. We are going to Colorado this winter - Winter Park, Keystone. I want to hit up Loveland since I have heard good things about skiing there.
post #8 of 18

The Soul 7's ski short I would go with the 180's

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by pwgsx View Post

I was thinking of the 3 options levels when you rent skis.....so then without a doubt I am a 7 advanced. We have been going to Utah ( Powder Mountain ). We dont like a lot of people and this place fits us perfectly plus plenty of deep powder and the ability to pretty much ski wherever you want. You can even drop down the side and end up on the road where a bus picks you back up. We are going to Colorado this winter - Winter Park, Keystone. I want to hit up Loveland since I have heard good things about skiing there.


Ah, yes the Type I, II, III used for setting bindings.  Now that I'm over 50, sometimes it's easier to check Type III+ so that I get the same setting I had when I was younger.  The irony being that I'm a much better skier and skiing much harder terrain because I get more days on snow being retired.  As someone else said, longer is probably better for an advanced skier.

 

Not only Loveland, you should also consider a day at A-Basin.  Hope you'll do a trip report to let us know your impressions.

 

Note that both Loveland and A-Basin are at very high altitude.  So may be better to wait until you are acclimated.  A couple  years ago I skied at A-Basin for the first time after being in Denver for a week.  Was still not at my best.    I tend to ski Utah a lot more than Colorado because of the altitude difference.

 

Powder Mountain is a place I'd like to get back to with fresh powder.  Keep an eye out for the 2016-17 Utah thread that will be starting soon.  Can be a good way to find folks to ski with, if that's of interest.

post #10 of 18

Your height would favor the 172s, while your weight would favor the 180s. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer here. I'm 5' 8" and #140, a 'tweener from the other perspective. I would choose the 172s. However, a large part of my decision would be that I value nimbleness in the bumps over stability at speed. Every time I have demo'd skis over 175 cm, of any flavor, I feel like I'm trying to turn 4x8" planks. I can manage it; I just don't have as much fun doing so. This does leave me occasionally eating dust following ski buddies doing Mach 1 down the groomers. However, I usually leave them behind in the bumps. It pretty much comes down to which you prefer: nimble vs stable. 

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post

Your height would favor the 172s, while your weight would favor the 180s. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer here. I'm 5' 8" and #140, a 'tweener from the other perspective. I would choose the 172s. However, a large part of my decision would be that I value nimbleness in the bumps over stability at speed. Every time I have demo'd skis over 175 cm, of any flavor, I feel like I'm trying to turn 4x8" planks. I can manage it; I just don't have as much fun doing so. This does leave me occasionally eating dust following ski buddies doing Mach 1 down the groomers. However, I usually leave them behind in the bumps. It pretty much comes down to which you prefer: nimble vs stable. 


 




All good points, I think I will stick with the 172's and plan to lose some weight too wink.gif Those will be a little taller than me but not towering over. Maybe if I was a local and got to ski more I would get the 180's without hesitation.
post #12 of 18

My last bit of advice here when considering going short. If you find the 180's a little long at first you can learn to ski them after just a little bit however if you get the 172's and find yourself wanting more that takes another purchase. Just my 2 cents but I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you choose!

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post

My last bit of advice here when considering going short. If you find the 180's a little long at first you can learn to ski them after just a little bit however if you get the 172's and find yourself wanting more that takes another purchase. Just my 2 cents but I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you choose!


 



That is a good point. My rough math if I am right makes the 172's about 67.7 inches vs 180's at 70.8 inches. 3-4 inches taller cant hurt right? lol
post #14 of 18

i have only spent a few days on the regular Soul7 s and i am quite a bit heavier than you (a little taller, too) and would rate myself at a similar skill level.  at 5'11" and 200 i found the 180s way too short. the 188s were ok but i could have had longer.  I highly recommend the 180s, based on my limited experience. i just think this ski(or at least the non-HD version) skis very short.

post #15 of 18
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Good to hear, I have the 180's on order from a store in Canada.
post #16 of 18

Let us know how they are! Glad to hear we could help!

post #17 of 18
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Finally got them in the mail after waiting on the bindings....I cant wait to try them out!!!!!! Any suggestions on a hard shell travel case?
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by pwgsx View Post

Finally got them in the mail after waiting on the bindings....I cant wait to try them out!!!!!! Any suggestions on a hard shell travel case?

Not really a fan of hard-shell cases (if you are travelling with pow and carvers skis together :D ) but what is wrong with sporttube (except the weight)?

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