The Astral 78 was built to help make skiing easier. It is designed to have a playful yet stable feel and no matter your level of skiing you do not have to worry about it holding you back. The Astral is also able to dampen out those pesky vibrations with the use of Nordica's Hex Bridge, a full wood core with a metal matrix. The Hex Bridge also ensures the ski stays light weight, improving maneuverability. Lastly, the Astral features an early rise in the tip allowing the ski to handle wonderfully all over the mountain.