Ski: 2018-2019 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm
Available Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.5 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1900 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2030 & 2039 grams
Stated Dimensions: 136-106-126 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.4-105.7-125.1 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 19 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 83 mm / 24 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 8-9 mm
Core: Paulownia + Carbon/Basalt Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.15 cm from center; 82.6 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: -10.15 cm from center
Boots / Bindings: Dalbello Lupo SP I.D. / Marker Jester
Test Locations: Telluride Ski Resort, CO
Days Skied: 8
When the Rossignol Soul 7 was first introduced for the 2013-2014 season, it had a resounding impact on the ski industry. Year over year it has continued to be one of the best-selling skis on the market, the original Soul 7’s yellow honeycomb tips have become a common sight at resorts all around the world, and many skiers have come to love its intuitive ride.
Then, for the 16/17 season, Rossignol changed up the Soul 7 and introduced the new “Soul 7 HD” (aka, the “v2” Soul 7). While it doesn’t seem like sales of that ski slowed down at all, we found it to be a bit less predictable than the original version, and raised some questions about its flex pattern & recommended mount point. (Our conclusion: mount back on the v2’s “freeride” line.)
Then, in the latest (current) iteration of the ski (v3), Rossignol has again tweaked the Soul 7 and has added what they’re calling “Air Tip 2.0,” which is a new version of the now famous honeycomb tip construction.
Rossignol says the new tip is “lighter, stronger, and designed to push freeride boundaries even further,” and the current (17/18) version of the Soul 7 HD comes back unchanged for 18/19.
Here’s what Rossignol says about the most recent version of the Soul 7 HD:
“The most innovative, popular, and playful freeride ski in the world, the all-new SOUL 7 HD has been 100% redesigned for even more instinctive versatility and progressive freeride performance. Featuring all-new Air Tip 2.0 and Carbon Alloy Matrix technologies, at 106mm underfoot the all-new SOUL 7 HD is lighter, and more powerful, with the uncompromising versatility to go wherever the snow takes you.”
Naming Notes for this Review (aka, Keeping it all Clear)
Given that the Soul 7 has now gone through several iterations over the years, here is the naming scheme we’ll be using in this review:
v1 = Original Soul 7
v2 = 16/17 Soul 7 HD
v3 = 17/18 and 18/19 Soul 7 HD
Shape / Rocker Profile
The new Soul 7 HD has a very similar shape and rocker profile compared to previous versions of the ski. It has a touch more tip splay and a bit less tail rocker and tail splay than the v2 Soul 7. The v3 Soul 7 HD has about 8-9 mm of camber, which is quite uncommon for a ski this wide. (The v2 Soul 7 has about 6 mm of camber, while the original Soul 7 also had about 8-9 mm).
In keeping with a general trend we’re seeing across the industry, the Soul 7 HD got a little narrower. Underfoot, our 188 cm v3 version is measuring about 2.2 mm narrower than the previous 2 versions. We’re not expecting major performance differences here, but the fact is that the Soul 7 trimmed down a bit.
Here’s how we’d sum up the flex pattern of the latest Soul 7 HD.
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Behind Heel Piece: 9.5-9
The tips on the current Soul 7 HD are a bit softer than the previous two Soul 7’s we’ve tested. And man, those tips really feel soft — we’re talking about pretty much the whole dimpled section of the tip. But get below that dimpled pattern, and the ski is quite stout. And the ski’s dimpled tails don’t go nearly as soft as those dimpled tips.
Will that soft tip create a hinge point in the flex pattern of the ski? Maybe. But maybe not … for reasons that we’ll explain in our “Mount Point” section below.
For what it’s worth, this latest version of the Soul 7 is really beautifully constructed. It looks great, and it has the best finish quality out of the 3 versions we’ve reviewed.
One of the main differences between the current v3 and v2 of the Soul 7 HD is the new “Air Tip 2.0.” Rossignol is claiming the new 3D structure is lighter, stronger, and “fully integrated” into the ski, which is interesting, since we thought the v2 Soul 7 had a bit of a hinge point around where the honeycomb tip met the body of the ski, so we’ll be curious to see whether the new tip addresses that issue. Or maybe this will..
This is one of the most noticeable changes with the new Soul 7 HD. The v3 Soul 7 HD has a recommended mount point of -10.15 cm from center. That’s a pretty traditional mount, and it’s made even more interesting given that the v2 Soul 7 HD had two recommended mount points (-5.9 cm and -7.9 cm), while the original Soul 7 only had one mount point of -5.9 cm from center.
So we’ve gone from an original -5.9 cm to a current -10.15 cm.
And with the v2 Soul 7 HD, we felt that the ski worked best with bindings mounted at the more rearward line of -7.9 cm.
So what about the new, even-more-rearward mount? Well given the very soft tip of the v3 Soul 7, we suspect that the -10 cm mount will allow the skier to still get a bit more forward on the ski and still be able to count on the support of the v3’s stif mid section. Whereas on the v2, there just wasn’t much ski / stability there to press into (especially when mounted at -5.9 cm).
Long and short: we’ll definitely be playing around with different mount positions to see how the new Soul 7 HD feels at different mount points.
At around 2035 grams per ski, the v3 Soul 7 HD is coming in at a pretty average weight for a 50/50 ski of this width. While it’s technically on the heavier end of the skis listed below, it’s still light. And above all, this list is mostly just pretty eye-opening in terms of exactly how light “all-mountain” skis are getting these days.
It’s also interesting that, while the Soul 7 actually got a tiny bit heavier from v1 to v2, there is very little change in weight for v3. So while the Soul 7 was one of the first “light” all-mountain skis, it’s interesting to see that Rossi hasn’t opted to cut weight on the Soul 7.
1843 & 1847 Head Kore 105, 189 cm
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm
1941 & 1965 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, 182 cm
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm
1957 & 1958 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm
1970 & 1979 Atomic Backland FR 109, 189 cm
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm
2000 & 2012 Rossignol Soul 7, 188 cm (13/14-15/16)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (18/19)
2042 & 2069 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (16/17)
2065 & 2074 Black Crows Atris, 184 cm (16/17)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm
Bottom Line (For Now)
The latest Rossignol Soul 7 HD isn’t a radical departure from the design that’s become famous around the world, but it does have a few key differences that are certainly quite interesting. We’re going to be getting time on the Soul 7 HD in Telluride this weekend, so stay tuned for updates.
Flash Review: Rossignol Soul 7 HD
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