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Rossignol Soul 7 HD (2017)

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Rossignol Soul 7 HD

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Rating: 3.44 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 106
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-106-126
Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188

Stability at speed: 2.75 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.29 / 5
Crud performance: 3.14 / 5
Flotation: 3.83 / 5
Forgiveness: 4.00 / 5
Overall: 3.44 / 5

The Rossignol Soul 7, a ski that continues to sell in huge numbers, returns for 2017 with a new graphic and now features Rossi's Carbon Alloy Matrix. Long a favorite of experts and intermediates alike for its intuitive, smeary, easy-to-pivot looseness in soft snow, it sometimes left the heaviest guys and hardest chargers wanting more, especially in hardpack conditions. The new reinforcement layer (denoted by the new HD in its name) is designed to give it more oomph and edginess, with a little extra stiffness from carbon fibers and little more high-speed dampness from basalt fibers. It's sold flat (no binding) or as a system, with an 11-DIN Look Xpress binding. (Rossignol-branded bindings have been discontinued for 2017. Sister-brand Look now provides all bindings for Rossignol system skis.)

It's part of Rossignol's highly successful 7 Series, a nine-model line (five for men, four for women) of powder and soft-snow surfers ranging in width (for men) from 120 mm (the Super 7 RD) down to 92 mm (the Smash). New this year, all models feature Rossignol's new Carbon Alloy Matrix reinforcement layer, which beefs up top-end performance with a loose weave of carbon fibers (for energy and lightweight responsiveness) combined with basalt fiber (for mellowing dampness). All are rockered tip and tail for buoyancy in soft snow and shock absorption in rough terrain. More importantly, most models (Smash 7 excepted) feature tapered tip and tail shapes, where the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot. That makes them loose and smeary in deep snow and allows for quick speed checks and direction changes. The tip is honeycombed with translucent air pockets that reduce swing weight-a technology Rossi calls Air Tip. In this way the mass of the ski is effectively concentrated underfoot, and because the tip is lighter, tip flap is also noticeably reduced. Rossi's Powder Turn Rocker combines early rise in the tip and tail with camber underfoot for flotation in powder and carvability on hardpack. All 7-Series skis are straight-ahead wood-core laminate constructions (except the Smash, which is a softer-flexing, more economical cap construction, and the Super 7 RD with its extra-burly race-department layup). All but the Smash are built on cores of lightweight paulownia. For backcountry use, Rossi offers pre-cut climbing skins for all but the Smash. 

Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.

Chances are you already own it. The Soul is the top-selling ski in the U.S. With its supremely surfy/ slashy/easy performance in powder, it changed the way we ski powder and forced competitors to copy its tapered shape. For experts who wanted more stability, Rossi responded with a new reinforcement layer that mixes strong, light carbon with vibration-damping basalt fiber. Larsen: “The added stiffness makes a difference.”

Notes: The Rossignol Soul 7, a ski that continues to sell in huge numbers, returns for 2017 with a new graphic and now features Rossi's Carbon Alloy Matrix. Long a favorite of experts and intermediates alike for its intuitive, smeary, easy-to-pivot looseness in soft snow, it sometimes left the heaviest guys and hardest chargers wanting more, especially in hardpack conditions. The new reinforcement layer (denoted by the new HD in its name) is designed to give it more oomph and edginess, with a little extra stiffness from carbon fibers and little more high-speed dampness from basalt fibers. It's sold flat (no binding) or as a system, with an 11-DIN Look Xpress binding. (Rossignol-branded bindings have been discontinued for 2017. Sister-brand Look now provides all bindings for Rossignol system skis.)

It's part of Rossignol's highly successful 7 Series, a nine-model line (five for men, four for women) of powder and soft-snow surfers ranging in width (for men) from 120 mm (the Super 7 RD) down to 92 mm (the Smash). New this year, all models feature Rossignol's new Carbon Alloy Matrix reinforcement layer, which beefs up top-end performance with a loose weave of carbon fibers (for energy and lightweight responsiveness) combined with basalt fiber (for mellowing dampness). All are rockered tip and tail for buoyancy in soft snow and shock absorption in rough terrain. More importantly, most models (Smash 7 excepted) feature tapered tip and tail shapes, where the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot. That makes them loose and smeary in deep snow and allows for quick speed checks and direction changes. The tip is honeycombed with translucent air pockets that reduce swing weight-a technology Rossi calls Air Tip. In this way the mass of the ski is effectively concentrated underfoot, and because the tip is lighter, tip flap is also noticeably reduced. Rossi's Powder Turn Rocker combines early rise in the tip and tail with camber underfoot for flotation in powder and carvability on hardpack. All 7-Series skis are straight-ahead wood-core laminate constructions (except the Smash, which is a softer-flexing, more economical cap construction, and the Super 7 RD with its extra-burly race-department layup). All but the Smash are built on cores of lightweight paulownia. For backcountry use, Rossi offers pre-cut climbing skins for all but the Smash. 

Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.

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