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Völkl – Flair 74
Völkl’s Flair range seems almost as if it’s been custom designed for the elegant lady skier; built for confident carvers and effortless cruisers, the Flairs boast seamless construction, low-profile good looks and on-point piste performance. The Flair 74 is the everywoman pick of the bunch: its price tag was initially what attracted us, but we stuck around for its light weight and playful piste performance. The Flair 74 has all the features you’d expect from an intermediate to advanced Völkl piste ski: it’s lightweight thanks to a dual wood core, it’s responsive thanks to a moderate turn radius, and it’ll have your back off-piste thanks to the light rocker in the tip. Völkl have also used something called XTD PROGRESSive Technology (yes, it really is spelled like that), which stabilises the front of the ski and provides you with a smooth, comfortable ride and effortless turn initiations, whatever the conditions.
As you may have already guessed, The Flair 74 isn’t a super aggressive carving machine, but it oozes comfort, fun and performance so you can progress in style and cruise the pistes like a pro. And when you do want something a bit more aggressive, there are plenty of models in the Flair range to choose from. If you’ve decided you like skiing enough to go every year, this is a great alternative to renting – after all, a great ski need not cost the earth.