2016/2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD W ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s Powder Category.

Rossignol’s 7 series has a serious reputation for freeride performance—and the Soul 7 HD W demonstrated that by grabbing high scores for float. “This quick, playful ski floats well and can smear and pivot with the best of them,” says Brown. New this season for the Soul 7 HD W (and the narrower Sky 7 HD W), Rossignol added a layer to the paulownia wood core called Carbon Alloy Matrix—essentially a weave of energy-increasing carbon fiber and vibration-absorbing basalt. The shapely tapered sidecut (136-106-126) includes a centered stance, designed for easy steering. The rockered tips and tails have Rossi's honeycomb-shaped Air Tip technology for flotation and maneuverability. “At speed, it’s as stable as a high school romance, so a little shaky,” says Riley. “It shines in soft snow on moderate terrain.”

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