I'm thinking about picking up a set of Volkl Aura's for my wife. They're very attractively priced at a local ski shop. Does anyone have any feedback pro or con on these skis?
You'd be better off asking on a woman's ski forum instead of here, but..your wife would have to ask on SkiDiva.
The Auras were extremely popular 2-3 years ago, I have four friends with them and they have not "moved on" to other skis. I demoed them a few years back before the slight rocker and increase in width and thought they were a LOT OF FUN, even if I didn't pick them for myself. They are fairly lively because of their Volkl heritage. If your wife likes a damper ski like a K2, she might not like the Volkl "feel". Since we don't know a thing about your wife's abilities, target terrain, favorite ski type, etc., it's a bit hard to answer your question. After all, every ski has someone who likes it and someone else who hates it.
Thanks for the replies. Linda is a level 8-9 skier and has been using Volkl Explosives for the last 12 years. It's clearly time to move on to a newer ski. She is mostly interested in getting another ski for powder, but likes the idea of having one that carves too.
I skied a pair of first-generation Auras until the middle of last season. Great skis, I bet she will love them.
The only "down" side to mine was that I bought them (back in 2007, or whatever) as powder boards, so I had the bindings mounted traditionally (1 cm back from the women's mount) and they are 177s -- but then I liked them so much I used them as everyday all-mountain skis, too, so at times they weren't quite turny enough in hard bumps and narrow spaces. But they are extremely light and maneuverable, so throwing them around when necessary is really easy to do. They have been relegated to my hiking skis (light boards with Salomon z12ti's, they weigh about 5 oz apiece, lol); I should clean them up and ski them again sometime.
I have the Kenja's and love them.
Hope she enjoys her Nemesis! Saw some good talk about them on the Ski Diva forums.
My new-to-me Volkl Auras with Marker Baron bindings will arrive sometime this weekend. The decision to purchase was largely based on the positive feedback from this thread and others.
Thanks for the reviews, everyone!