Volkl Women's Aurora Skis w/ Attiva iPT Wide Ride 12.0 D Bindings:
Yes, the Volkl Women's Aurora Skis w/ Attiva iPT Wide Ride 12.0 D Bindings goes fast, but when you need a wider ski for plummeting down acres of fresh powder or extra stability for busting up afternoon crud, this women's all-mountain Aurora ski with integrated iPT Wide Ride binding is a perfect choice for advanced and expert skiers. It's the sort of easy-turning, do-it-all-well women's ski for big mountain venues like Valdez, Alaska, Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia and Verbier, Switzerland. The Aurora's turn radius is oriented toward women who prefer wider-arc GS-style turns, but this ski has the same top-end components found on the tighter-turning Attiva Fuego. Volkl made the Aurora with an Extended Double Grip construction, a fancy way of describing the dual chambers on the ski that extend from almost the tip to the tail. The parallel chambers in the Extended Double Grip construction give better support along the edges than traditional skis, and this helps distribute even pressure along the edges to the snow, so you're more likely to turn when and where you want to--even on icy hardpack. Volkl combined their Extended Double Grip construction with their female-specific Extended Sensorwood core, a complex CNC milling process that extends the wood core upward. This combination of core and grip is found only in Volkl's most advanced and highest performing skis. Compared to the guy's skis, the Aurora has a dramatically lighter weight (at least 20% depending on which length you choose). It also has a lower and shorter tip profile, which slightly reduces the overall swing weight and makes the Aurora easier to turn than unisex all-mountain skis. As with other manufacturer's female-specific skis, Volkl moved the bindings on the Aurora closer to the ski tip than other unisex designs, so the effortless turn initiation feels almost instinctive. Volkl paired this Aurora model with the Marker iPT Wide Ride 12.0 binding. The Wide Ride is 30% wider than the original Marker iPT binding, so it fits perfectly without brake bar modifications. If you're looking for comparisons, the Marker iPT Wide Ride has the same toe and heel hardware found on Marker's Duke and Jester freeride bindings. These toe and heel pieces feature a better and more secure wrap around the boot lug in front, with increased directional elasticity throughout the heel area. We like this ski/binding combo more than seasons past because of the ounces shaved and the shorter connection between your boots and the skis. This means that you'll probably find this ski/binding combo easier to handle than other wide ski/binding designs.