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Waist Width: 116
The One W, which returns unchanged for 2016, is the widest women's ski Volkl makes, a powder specialist designed to surf, drift, and float in the deepest snow. Full-length rocker plus tip and tail taper (the widest points of the ski are moved closer to the foot) give it a loose, slashy, easy-to-pivot feel and enhanced speed control. It's part of Volkl's Women's Freeskiing collection, which features six soft-snow, freeride-oriented models ranging in width from 116 mm down to 83 mm. All except the new 100Eight W are durable wood-core constructions with solid-feeling vertical sidewalls and a glass-reinforced internal torsion box (the core is wrapped in a fiberglass sheath to resist torsional flex, or twisting). The 100Eight features Volkl's new 3D Ridge construction, which is thick down the middle so it can be thinner, lighter, and more sensitive over the edges. The Aura (100 mm) and the Kenja (90 mm) both have metal reinforcement. The two narrowest and least expensive models-the all-mountain Yumi (83 mm) and the park-oriented Pyra (85 mm)-are reinforced with fiberglass only. Rocker profiles also vary: The One W, 100Eight W and Aura are fully rockered for loose powder performance; the Kenja and Pyra are rockered tip and tail, with camber underfoot for traditional rebound energy. The Yumi is rockered in the tip only. All models are sold flat (no binding).