As with the other skis in the women's Free Mountain series, the 108 mm-waisted Dakota features Flipcore 3D technology, which flips the woodcore upside down, adding rocker without bending it into the twin tips. Testers praised the ski's versatility, particularly in variable snow. "This ski is my friend in the bumps," said Bremner. "It can absorb, smear or take an aggressive line." The construction includes full sandwich compound sidewalls for added control and a full wood core with both strengthening titanium and lightweight bamboo. The Dakota only comes in two lengths (170 cm and 177 cm), so if you need a shorter size, look to the slightly narrower Samba, which comes as short as 159 cm. All in all, the Dakota is "fun, playful and holds well underfoot," said Sutton. "For women who like their skis damp and stable."