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2008 Volkl Aura Ski - Women's Reviews

volklgirl

The Amazing, Awesome, Ample Aura

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Pros: Floats in pow, rips on groomers, plows through crud.

Cons: Skittish on ice, slightly balky at slower speeds, lots of tip chatter on hard snow.

The Aura remains unchanged since it's inception, with the exception of Volkl discontinuing the 177cm size for 2008-2009, and for good reason....it's a versatile, powerful, rock solid women's ski that does almost everything exceptionally well. I demoed the 2007-2008 in the 163cm, own the 2006-2007 in 177cm (purchased used), and wish I could afford to own both sizes. Discontinuing the 177cm was a huge mistake, IMHO. The 163cm is snappy and fun, easily zipping through the closest trees and ugliest moguls, providing plenty of fun for east coast and midwest skiers, even on the smaller hills of Michigan. The 177cm is still slithery through the moguls but requires strength and quick feet when...
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sibhusky

When you want to have fun

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Pros: Great ski to build confidence

Cons: Not good at mach one, but handles speed pretty good for this type of ski.

Normally I don't like "women's skis".  I understand they are improving, however, so I test drove the Auras last season (07-08) along with two other women's skis, both of which were returned ASAP to the demo shop with unpleasant things to say.  The Auras, however, are just plain FUN.  Both my daughter (former FIS racer and a beautiful skier, small in stature, and physically fit) and myself (old school mess, overweight, underfit and tall, level 7, ski 60 or more days a year) love these skis in the powder.  They are very maneuverable for those tight trees and not THAT bad (although definitely not for the race course) at speed.  Powder skis aren't supposed to be for speed, they're softer, so...
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