Volkl Aura

2014

Women's Freeride
Volkl
Price: £520.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 131-96-114
Turn radius 20.2 (163)
Lengths 156, 163, 170
Construction Multi-layer wood core
Titanium reinforcement
Tip rocker
Strengths Smooth and well balanced in big turns. Works well on and off piste
Weaknesses Could be easier to adjust and pivot in deep conditions

They say

The new Aura is focused on women looking for a really good powder ski but also something that can occasionally carve on the groomed runs if needed. It features a multi-layer wood core with titanium reinforcement.

We say

In some ways this feels quite a traditional backcountry ski using a minimal amount of rocker, with less of the surfy feeling of the new batch of contenders. This design makes it reassuringly stable and smooth on the piste where it works really well for blasting out long, fast turns. In powder it continues with that surefooted feeling, with the ability to lay out smooth, predictable arcs with ease. It misses some of the instant pivoting and smearing ability of some of the more radical shapes on other skis we tested, but it’s a high-quality all rounder that will give the skier lots of confidence when going at a strong pace.

Tester Comments

Rowena Phillips
Skis predictably with minimal rocker. Smooth and easy to judge turnshape