The Völkl Gem is a straightforward ski for ladies looking to up their skills in the park and pipe. Featuring a Sensorwood core and cap construction, the Gem is a feathery-light stick that is durable enough to last all season long. Female testers noted that the Gem was “easy to maneuver,” “had great pop” and “was mad playful.” However, testers lamented that it “was too small to be super stable,” something that can be attributed to its narrow waist and max length of 158. End result? The Gem is great for learning in the park and mini-shred, but if you’re looking to mimic Grete Eliassen, upgrade to the big sister Pyra.