Ski: 2016-2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm
Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 186.4 cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 138-108-128
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 136-107.5-126
Stated Weight per Ski: 2300 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2042 & 2069 grams
Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 18 meters
Tip / Tail Splay (ski decambered): 79 mm / 34 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~6 mm
Core Construction: Paulownia + Carbon/Basalt Laminate
Factory Recommended Line:
“All Mountain” : – 5.9 cm from center; 87.3 cm from tail
“Freeride” : – 7.9 cm from center; 87.3 cm from tail
Days Skied: 2
Tested on the “All Mountain” Line
Test Location: Taos, NM
You’ve probably heard by now, but for the 16/17 season, Rossignol is tweaking one of the most popular skis out there.
We’ve been putting time on the new Soul 7 HD, and we need some more time before commenting — this ski hasn’t yet felt quite as straightforward as the current Soul 7, so we’re taking our time here before weighing in.
But here is some preliminary information:
(1) Flex Pattern
This ski is not a noodle. While the Soul 7 has been a ski that many less-experienced and very-experienced skiers have enjoyed, when hand flexing the Soul 7 HD, it feels stiff underfoot, pretty substantial in the tails, and doesn’t go as soft in the tips as one might think.
I’d describe the flex pattern like this:
- Tail: 6 – 7 out of 10, which then ramps up to:
- Underfoot: 9-10, which then softens to:
- Tips: 6, maybe 5 ?
Stamped on our pair of 188 cm skis is a stated weight of “2.3 kg”. That isn’t close to correct.
Our 188 cm Soul 7 HD’s weigh in at 2042 and 2069 grams, respectively.
And our current-model pair of 188 cm Soul 7’s come in at 2012 & 2000 grams.
So don’t let the topsheets fool you: the Soul 7 HD didn’t gain a bunch of weight; it’s coming in just slightly heavier than the (current / previous) Soul 7.
Mount Point: “All Mountain” vs. “Freeride”
Rossignol is calling their “0” mount point their “all-mountain” line, and their “-2” mount point their freeride line.
That’s fairly confusing — we’d typically think that “freeride” would indicate a less-directional, more trick-oriented, and more forward mount point than an “all-mountain” mark.
But our initial suspicion is that a lot of directional skiers who aren’t tricking will be better off going with the farther back “freeride” / -7.9 cm mark.
But there is one other factor here…
Rossignol cautioned that the new Soul 7 HD might require a little more break in time, given the carbon that’s been added to the ski. So in addition to the mount points that we’re still playing with, there is a potential break-in-period to take into account.
We’ll be reporting back on some of this soon in a Flash Review. Stay tuned…
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