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    Default Rossignol Soul 7

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    I have just returned from testing the new skis for this season at Winter Park resort Colorado, I discovered quite a few new very exciting skis, but the highlight for me was the new Rossignol Soul 7.

    The Soul 7 is a powder ski, and normally that would have seen me dismiss it for the Australian market as powder skis are great in powder, but lack edge hold on our Aussie firm snow.

    I tested a lot of skis the first day, most were what I have on order for this coming season, while sitting around the lodge that first night, the talk around the lodge was what skis were really good, naturally I took a mental note and decided that is what I will test the following day, first up I found 3 models were exceptionally hard to get as they were out all the time, due to how good they were, lucky for me there were a few Aussies working at the demo day stands, so I used my contacts to get my hands on all 3 of the popular skis.

    The Soul 7 is a good looking ski, was my first impression, then I picked them up to get the bindings set to my boots and DIN, I noticed just how light in weight they were, this sort of concerned me as light skis often have poor edge hold, the light weight is a result of Rossignol using a honeycomb core.
    After getting off the Zephyr chair I headed down Cranmer run, which is usually fast and uncrowded, a good run for testing skis at speed, I took it easy at first but really didn't need too, soon I was doing speeds much faster than you would normally do on skis, the edge hold was exceptional, most really good powder skis have edge hold that is acceptable when back on piste, the Soul 7 goes way beyond that, they have the edge hold of a very good on piste ski, at 106mm under foot they may be a bit much for skiing the big moguls, but in the smaller moguls I found them to be good, the turn radius is good enough to do tighter turns without sliding the skis, the best part is the price, the rec retail for these skis is $799 as a flat ski without bindings, or $1099 with Rossignol Axial 120 XXL bindings, sizes available will be 164, 172, 180 and 188cm lengths, many will fit an AT binding I think.
    Although we didn't get to test the skis in powder, the ski profile and shape indicates it will be a very good powder ski, I was so impressed I have emailed through an order to buy some for the shop, as well as a set for myself.
    Delivery into the shops for Australia is expected mid June 2013, a lot of people will be looking forward to getting them by then.

    This is a good test report, I see the tester also has ordered 2 sets for himself and says they are the best he has tested.
    http://www.gnomes.co.nz/blogs/news/7...-7-test-review
    Last edited by The Frog; 03-04-2013 at 09:20 AM.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Hexcel were a good looking honeycomb ski as well Remember demoing a pair in 1981 after some nice person stole 3 pairs of skis from our car. Best thing about them (other than weight) was the Geze bindings. I wish I'd demoed the Elan GS skis my mate tried instead (Back when Stenmark was smashing everyone on these strange skis from Yugoslavia).
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Paul
    You've got me interested. How do they compare with the current S3 or S7? Sounds like more edge.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Lighter weight, better edge due to a change of profile as well as the core, and most important, much nicer looking.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    I have had to increase my order on these, people are reading the reports of skiers that have tested this ski and are raving about how versatile it is, they are already putting down a deposit to make sure they don't miss out, this is sure to be the best selling ski this coming season, I am not sure Rossignol Australia will be able to supply the demand.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    how do you know what sizes to order when you are buying in bulk?
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Easy for a ski that is going to suit almost every skier, I have the whole size range on order, but I think the popular sizes will be 180 and 188cm so I have more of those coming than the smaller sizes.
    For anyone who skis off piste or skis powder this is the ski to own, the only reason I wouldn't buy this ski is if I mainly skied big moguls as they are 106mm under foot, a narrower ski would be easier in the big moguls.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    when I see someone with a pair in the lift line I'll be sure to say "You R Soul".
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Jahoota View Post
    when I see someone with a pair in the lift line I'll be sure to say "You R Soul".
    They will be easy to spot, the person on them will have a massive grin.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Is there a wimmens version....for SA??
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere View Post
    Is there a wimmens version....for SA??

    That will be the Rossi Soft 7. You can say "You R Soft" instead.
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    The ladies version is called the Savory 7

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    is it the same ski with a different top sheet?
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    I don't think so as they are different lengths, but could be.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Hi Paul,

    Would you recommend this ski as an all-round Australian ski with an overseas trip every second year or would you be better off getting a narrower ski and hiring overseas?

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    I have a set on order for myself as do both of my 2 skiing buddies, we intend using them as our every day ski here when we ski Hotham as we like to go off piste as much as we can, we haven't tried them in really big moguls yet, but apart from that I can't see why people wouldn't use them as an everyday ski here.
    I have no doubts that they will handle any icy days Hotham may have, the big test will be when we try Brockhoff when the bumps are big, and my concern here is only the width under foot, may create a challenge in big bumps.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Thanks for the reply Paul, I will contact you soon if you still have stock available?

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    I knew you would find a good early taper ski you would like Paul. I honestly think early taper is the way of the future. You get the benefit of length in deep snow and the shorter effective edge on groomed. It really is the best of both worlds.
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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    Quote Originally Posted by powderhog View Post
    I knew you would find a good early taper ski you would like Paul. I honestly think early taper is the way of the future. You get the benefit of length in deep snow and the shorter effective edge on groomed. It really is the best of both worlds.
    Yes, I tried quite a few skis with a similar profile, including DPS and a few new ones from K2, for me the lighter weight of the Soul 7 won it for me over the much heavier K2 Rictor 90XTi skis, the DPS were great in long radius turns and had fantastic edge hold, but if using them on piste for doing tight turns, they were a very tiring ski compared to the Soul 7 and the K2 Rictor 90XTi.

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    Default Re: Rossignol Soul 7

    I now have them in my shop sales rack, but not for long, these things sell quickly.

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