Originally Posted by Whiteroom
Well, they took their woman's ski and castrated it.
Do you want a superlight touring ski for touring, that you might
take to a ski area (but probably not) or do you want a ski for lift access that you can tour with once in a while?
What is your expected use, Lift/ Tour? 50/50, 70/30, 20/80 ?
The Nanuq is a pretty good touring ski.
If you're insinuating that a woman's ski is necessarily soft/weak, is that really a fair assessment? Upon doing some research, it seems the largest the Aura comes in is 170, whereas the smallest the Mantra comes in is at 170. Both have wood cores, with a metal topsheet. It may just be that the Aura is a shorter version of the Mantra.
Skiing mag had a good review of the Nanuq in which they complemented its stability and hard-snow grip:
Point being, I like to make pretty short turns and ski the trees, so I think this will be a good ski in that regard, but wanted to get feedback from people who've skied it or are very familiar with it. I don't want to sacrafice much stability, but do keep in mind that I'm 180 lbs or under, so I don't necessarily need a stiff ski for stability.
Lift/Tour: I'd say 50/50. Would want to use these on the slopes when the snow is really good. Otherwise, I can use my Legend 8000s (80 underfoot I think) which I like quite a bit.