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Waist Width: 77
The Chiara is similar to the Allura and Charisma, but it splits the difference in width (77 mm). To better suit the aggressive intermediate, its core is a more forgiving combination of foam reinforced by a tip-to-tail wood strip, rather than all wood, and a less powerful version of Volkl’s XTD construction is designed to make it less edgy. It’s sold only as a package with an 11-DIN Marker binding that’s less expensive than the ones sold with the Allura and Charisma. 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.