Goode Akasha (2012)
The narrowest women's ski in Goode's lineup will be best suited to groomed snow and hardpack in general. It's traditional camber should yield excellent edge grip, and skilled carvers will enjoy its rebound between turns. All of Goode's women's skis employ deep sidecuts (11Ð13 meters; same sidecuts as the men's skis, but the radii are exaggerated in shorter lengths). So they should be eager carvers and especially well suited to short arcs and quick, lively turns. Construction: wood core with all-carbon-fiber torsion box. Goode made a radical change in its layups for 2012, going with wood, instead of foam, for all of its cores. Testers were greatly impressed by the difference in performance, enjoying the extra heft of wood-core Goodes, which have improved tracking and stability but retain the quickness of carbon-construction.
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