Volkl Aurena (2016)

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Rating: 2.76 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2016
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 75
Tip/Tail/Waist: 120-75-105
Lengths: 141,147,153,159,166

Stability at speed: 2.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.90 / 5
Crud performance: 2.88 / 5
Flotation: 1.40 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.06 / 5
Overall: 2.76 / 5

The Aurena, an all-mountain cruiser for intermediate women, is virtually identical to the 74-mm Viola. The difference is its core, a combination of wood and foam, with a little less wood than the Viola’s. Both come with the same binding, a 10-DIN Marker. 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, they 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.