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Atomic Affinity Air (2014)

Affinity Air

Atomic

2014

price$550

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH96mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST117-74-96

LEVELBeginner

LENGTHS140, 146, 152, 158

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The Air is built for value and easygoing performance for novice women who stick mostly to the groomers. Unlike the Pure and the Storm (its sisters in the Affinity series), it's a full cap construction, with no sidewalls - making it lightweight, soft on edge, and readily skid-able. Atomic's Affinity series is a three-model collection of women's system skis - all sold with bindings. Ranging in width from 84 down to 74 mm, they're more groomer-oriented than the wider Vantage series skis. They're also generally more value-oriented, with more economical constructions suited to less demanding skiers. All are rockered in the tip only, to smooth shocks and soften turn initiations, and all feature Atomic's Women's Flex Zone technology, in which the core is thinner in the tip and tail to promote a round flex pattern. Other women-specific design features include a V-shaped tapering of the sidecut (the narrower tail is easy to break free and skid at the end of the turn) and a slight lifting of the heel designed to reduce back strain and better suit a woman's physiology.