Rossignol Soul 7 HD W ski review, 2017/2018 women's Big Mountain Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

Rossignol’s Soul 7 HD W has undergone two successive seasons of significant changes, taking its hard snow performance up a couple of notches without sacrificing the ease that made the original skis instantly popular. Arguably the bigger change came last year when Rossi incorporated Carbon Alloy Matrix, a braid of carbon and basalt fibers in a crosshatch pattern, into the body of the Soul 7. In an all-glass ski like the Soul 7 HD W, it had a profound effect, stiffening the ski on every axis. The Soul 7 HD W skis faster, holds better and rebounds higher than Soul 7 1.0. For 2018, what’s new is so evident it leaps off the rack and grabs you by the eyeballs. Air Tip 2.0 is that stunning—a mesmerizing pattern that’s more than just a pretty face. Air Tip 2.0 is thinner, lighter and most importantly, an integral part of the Rossignol Soul 7 HD W body. The new shovel is reshaped to enable earlier edge contact at the top of the turn and reduce tip flap when running flat. “Playful and powerful,” said an approving Mary Geddes.