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Waist Width: 73
The Adora is a value-priced novice ski intended for relaxed frontside cruising on groomed terrain. It's an ultra-light foam core construction. Volkl's Progressive Technology features a thin, soft tail for easy skidding and mellow turn finishes. The Adora is available with or without a binding (a 10-DIN Marker 3Motion). The difference in price is $155. Without binding, the Adora can be found in many shops selling for a "street price" of about $350. It's part of the Essenza collection of frontside, carve-ready, tip-rockered women's models-the female counterparts of the men's RTM series. Like the RTMs, most models (except the Adora) feature Volkl's XTD constructions, in which extra mass is stacked over the edges for positive edge grip without added weight. Less mass is used in lower end models to make them less edgy and more forgiving. All Essenza models are built with Volkl's Bio-Logic female-specific design and features. Skis are not only lighter and livelier (none have full sheets of metal), they're also mounted and waisted slightly aft; they're extra wide in the tip for easy initiation and narrower in the tail for easy exit and less stress on knees; and a reduced ramp angle better suits female physiognomy. There are six models in the Essenza collection, all of them sold with bindings and ranging in width from 73 mm to 79 mm.