2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD

Ski: 2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD

So this is quite interesting. Rossignol typically now works on a tw0-year production cycle, and it was a particularly big deal when they overhauled for this season the wildly popular Soul 7, and updated it to the Soul 7 HD.

We wrote about the Soul 7 HD in our 16/17 Buyer’s Guide (and in this Flash Review, which is accessible to Blister Members), but as a zillion of you have noticed, we have yet to publish a full review of the Soul 7 HD. For one big reason…

Rossignol introduced carbon into the HD version of the Soul 7, and they’d advised us that the ski might take a bit of time to break in. This isn’t all that unusual; all skis will settle in / break in once you get them on snow — though the difference is usually pretty subtle.

But in the case of the Soul 7 HD, we’ve been putting more days on the ski in the hopes that we will get to a smoother, more rounded flex pattern. But that hasn’t happened yet.

Anyway, we’ll be saying more about this in our full review, but it is very interesting to see that the current version of the Soul 7 HD only lasted for one season. Some readers that we’ve heard from have really liked the HD update. We’re still quite on the fence. But we are super interested to see if this new version of the Soul 7 HD is drastically different.

Beyond that, you can see in the tips that there is a new weave pattern, and Rossi says that they created a new mold for this version of the Soul 7 HD.

Of course, the only thing we really care about is how similar or different this new Soul 7 HD performs. We shall see.

(For a whole lot more of our SIA coverage, check out our SIA podcast.)

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the new 2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD for Blister Gear Review

17/18 Rossi Soul 7 HD

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the new 2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD for Blister Gear Review

Rossignol Soul 7 HD

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the new 2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD for Blister Gear Review

Rossignol Soul 7 HD – Tip Profile

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the new 2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD for Blister Gear Review

Rossignol Soul 7 HD – Tail Profile

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the new 2017-2018 Rossignol Soul 7 HD for Blister Gear Review

Rossignol Soul 7 HD – Bases

9 Comments

  1. Troy February 3, 2017 Reply

    As a consumer who bought a Soul 7 HD this season I am not thrilled with Ross’s decision to update after one season, poor marketing decisions in my opinion! Cosmetics are one thing but construction change after one season is poor business.

    • ikr March 14, 2017 Reply

      Soul 7 is unchanged many years. Last year was only cosmetic change. Great Ski :)

      • Author

        Actually, the 16/17 Soul 7 did change from previous seasons, and it changes again for 17/18. The 16/17 has a distinctively different on-snow feel from the 15/16 & 14/15 model.

  2. Alex February 6, 2017 Reply

    I’d like to see one in a 184.

    Yes, they ski short. But long skis are overrated and their 180 is pretty short for an average size mails.

  3. Troy March 3, 2017 Reply

    Has anyone who has skied this years Soul 7 HD had the chance to demo next years version yet?

  4. Troy September 9, 2017 Reply

    Now that I had the chance to see a pair in person I noticed they only put one recommended mounting position on them. They took away the -2 free ride line. Any thoughts? The new more even flex pattern have anything to do with this? I mounted my last year soul 7 HD at -2 and always wondered about splitting the difference in between the two marks instead.

  5. Troy November 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi guys, I bought your Blister Gear buying guide download again this year but noticed this Ski wasn’t in there, unless I breezed over it while scanning my phone. Why was this overlooked?

    Thanks,

    Troy

  6. Rhys November 26, 2017 Reply

    I’m also very interested as to where people mounted the bindings on the 16/17 Soul 7 HD. I’ve just bagged a pair and I’m yet to install the bindings.

    They are currently my only ski so the ‘All Mountain’ line seems the logical location and is where the bindings were on the demo skis I tried but the ‘Freeride’ line intrigues me a lot…

    I have also considered spltting the difference between the two options and going for recomended -1cm. Any thoughts?

  7. Tmac November 26, 2017 Reply

    I mounted my 188 on the -2 freeride line and LOVED them. I would not go on the all Mountain line unless you ride switch. I often thought about -1cm just to split the difference though. But all in all very happy with the -2. The 2018 version boggles my mind the way they put the line, so far back.

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