New graphics grace the popular Kiku for 2013/2014. Last season, Völkl set out to make the Kiku more maneuverable by softening up the flex and increasing its ease-of-use. This year, testers awarded it the highest marks for carving in the women's powder category. Rodman called it "a powerful carver. It’s stable and stiff. Strong female skiers will rock this one." Fully rockered and wide girthed (107 millimeters underfoot), the Kiku seems designed to surf soft snow. However, Völkl’s Power/Tough Box construction, borrowed from race skis, adds an aggressive versatility to the freeski. Carving is further enhanced with the addition of vertical sidewalls for edge grip and a core blend of different densities of wood wrapped in fiberglass for stability. "It's great in packed powder and I really appreciated the easy transitions from soft snow to crud to groomers," Muecke said.