Pros: Great edge grip and turn initiation
2012 Volkl Aura
Length Tested: 163 cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 130/94/113
Camber: Early Rise
Mount point: Suggested (boot center)
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Winterpark
Number of Runs: 2
Snow Conditions: variable mixed
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight: 5’6”, 130 lbs
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 26
Current Quiver: Blizzard Black Pearl, DPS Yvettte
Home Area: Northstar, Squaw
Preferred Terrain: Off-piste, Trees
Volkl has added an early-rise tip to one of their most popular all mountain women’s skis, which may cause some of the Aura purists to wonder if Volkl has messed with their favorite ski.
After skiing the new, and improved, Aura, I can honestly assure those purists that Volkl has taken a good ski and has made it better.
The early-rise tip on the 2012 Aura makes turn initiation smooth, and only enhances transitions from larger radius to medium radius turns.
Another change to this ski is the (advertised) softer flex which would compliment the early-rise tip and create a bit more forgiveness. Since the Aura is a ski that is loved by some of the more aggressive women skiers on the mountain, I wondered if softening it was such a good idea. To those aggressive skiers, I can say, this is not a soft ski. Volkl has maintained its aggressive flex and its trademark edge grip that the expert woman skier has always counted on with their Volkl Aura