Fun, light, maneuverable, and stable are the best words to describe the 2020 Salomon Aira 84 women’s skis. These things are just plain fun. Sure, it’s great to use on groomers, but there’s more to the mountain than just that. If you’re looking to get out there and increase your terrain choices and capabilities, the Aira 84 Ti is a fantastic choice. Built with a full-length wood core and a Ti power plate underfoot, the skis have a lot of strength and energy that you can access at any speeds. That said, they do have a pretty short turn radius, but our testers commented that it was easy to manipulate. 14 meters at 165 cm length is on the short side, but turning is fun, so we’re not going to knock it for that. Light and fun, The 2020 Salomon Aira 84 Ti are a fantastic choice for carvers and all-mountain skiers.
Susan Dorn found the 165 to be the right length and loved the flotation and playfulness of the ski. While we don’t necessarily associate an 84mm underfoot ski to be a floater, they can certainly handle their fair share of snow and crud. The 4 out of 5 for playfulness is a nod to the ski’s overall fun-loving character. Susan’s comments echo those scores for sure. “Solid skiing. Average turn initiation. For advanced skiers. They can be demanding but that can be overcome by a stronger skier, then it is fun! Nice carver.” As the widest and most high-performing ski in the Aira line, we’d expect to hear that more skilled skiers will appreciate it.
Morgan Nichols also skied the 165 and loved the quickness and playfulness of the ski. She didn’t find that it had the best torsional stiffness and edge hold, but skis can’t be perfect for everyone. Morgan comments that “the skis performed better at short-radius turns and slower speeds for me. For the short quickies, it was fine.” Yes, we certainly agree that the 14-meter turn radius can be a bit prohibitive when trying to max out speed, and that’s a fair criticism.
Carly Monahan skied the 158 and loved the playfulness and forgiveness in that size. She also noted that it was very quick, maneuverable, and versatile. A bit lower scores for edge hold and stability, as Carly seems to fall in Morgan’s camp when it comes to the speed limit of the ski. “Not for someone who skis super-aggressively or wants to push things super-fast.” Carly is also astute enough to point out the flip side of that coin: “Incredibly light and maneuverable. Great for someone looking for playful skis that won’t zap your energy.” Right on, Carly, the light weight and maneuverability of this ski puts it on a level that is perfect for skiers who are looking to cruise and have fun.
Sam Purnell, another strong and aggressive skier, also saw the writing on the wall when it comes to letting these things run. She skied the appropriately sized 165 and loved the quickness, forgiveness, and maneuverability of the Aira 84 Ti. “I enjoyed this ski. It skis a little slow, but good maneuverability. Lovely edge to edge transitions with not a ton of rocker. Good skis for advancing skiers who are ready to step up to the next level.” Good point there, Sam, that skiers will not be overpowered by the Aira, especially if they’re looking to gain confidence in an all-mountain setting.
The Aira 84 Ti fills an important niche in the ski world. They cover a lot of ground in terms of their overall ability to progress skiers while not overmatching them. These versatile skis love to be on edge and are super-quick for off-piste adventures. They’re certainly a must-ski for a huge range of skiers.