Preview: 2014-2015 Volkl Aura

Review of the Volkl Aura, Blister Gear Review
Volkl Aura

Ski: 2014-2015 Volkl Aura, 170cm

Stated Dimensions (mm): 132-100-118

Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 170.5cm

Stated Sidecut Radius (m): 21.5

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (g): 1956 & 1936


Volkl is making some big changes to their women’s freeski lineup for the 2014-2015 season; most notably, the new One W will replace the Kiku, and the Aura will have full rocker.

The Volkl Mantra (men’s version of the Aura) is also ditching the traditional camber, and like Jonathan mentioned in his preview of the new Mantra, I too never really imagined the Aura as a fully rockered ski.

Volkl claims the new “Aura’s soft snow performance is greatly improved” as a result of the ski’s “early taper in the tip, a new 100mm waist width, and Full Rocker.” Volkl’s next description, however, caught my attention: the ski’s “hard snow performance is as good as ever.”

Over the last several seasons, earlier generations of the Aura have been the go-to ski for so many of my ex-racer friends on the east coast. Simply, it carved beautifully and skied exceedingly well on ice for its width. It wasn’t the best ski for powder days, but certainly made up for that given its hardpack performance.

While it makes sense that the new Aura will ski better in softer conditions, I am curious how it will stack up against the cambered, narrower iterations of the ski on firm snow.

Rocker Profile

Although the 14/15 Aura is considered fully rockered, the rocker profile is incredibly subtle. The ski is actually flat underfoot, while the tips and tails have fairly minimal splay. So, while the Aura has “Full Rocker,” it is not as dramatically rockered as the Volkl One W or the Kiku.


Like the 13/14 Aura, the new Aura still has two sheets of titanium reinforcing a new poplar and ash core.

Bottom Line (For Now)

I am eager to get the 14/15 Aura on snow soon and determine how it compares to the earlier Aura, as well as the Blizzard Samba, another ski that is impressively stable in firm conditions. Given the fairly significant changes made to the Aura, it may, in fact, have to be classified as a completely different ski– one meant to work well in a wider range of conditions and accessible to a larger number of skiers.

While the previous Aura truly excelled as a firm snow carver, will the new Aura sacrifice some of its hard snow performance for a little more versatility? I have a little bit of trouble completely believing Volkl’s claim that the 14/15 Aura’s “hard snow performance is as good as ever,” but again, these are merely predictions. We will be sure to update you soon from Canterbury, New Zealand.




2 comments on “Preview: 2014-2015 Volkl Aura”

  1. Fiance bought these at the end of last season. She a former racer in VT from her high school days. She was finally getting off her Fischer RC4s to jump into the bumps and trees. She can rip on the groomers on these, but admits her outside ski seems less stable than her race skis. Much better in the deep stuff though.

    She struggles a bit in the bumps because of the width. These are hardpacked ice mounds of VT I speak of. I think you’ll be surprised by their performance on piste.

  2. My friend just bought a pair of Volkl Mantras and had been raving about them, to the point that I couldn’t stand it. I wanted to demo the Mantra, but the shop didn’t have any demos left, but they had the Aura, the women’s version of this ski. I demo’d this ski at Stowe on a firm and fast spring day after a rain/freeze event. At first I was skeptical and didn’t think I was going to love this ski, but after the first run I was pretty happy and took this ski to the limit of speed on ice and granular conditions and then took it into the woods where it really shined.

    It is a very lively ski, very quick edge to edge and carves like nobody’s business.

    I was nearly ready to retire my Line Prophet 100s that I loved dearly and put over 150 days on. They barely have enough edge on them for another tune, so I was looking for the next daily driver, go-to all-mountain ski for eastern ski conditions. By the end of my day at Stowe, I knew I found it and went right down to Pinnacle Sports and bought this ski.

    I took it to Killington the next day. The sun came out and temps went up into the high 50s. First run on Outer Limits was rockin! These skis are awesome in the bumps and in the trees and can rail trenches on the groomers. I think Volkl has created the perfect ski for eastern skiing.

    The only negative thing about this ski is that it is a little chattery at speed when the edge is not engaged. So if you keep them on edge, they will keep you smiling.

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