Advanced piste skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"My preference in a piste ski (the third and narrowest ski in my Quiver) will probably be in the approximate 65mm to 85mm underfoot. I love high edge angles, high edge hold, short radius turns, and a detuned race ski answers that call."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite piste skis:
1. Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti
To all my reviews
The solid bright green top sheet can be seen from a satellite! This ski has the shape of a GS-Super-G ski, and indeed, skis like a GS-Super-G ski (and requires this terrain, skill level and profile to go with it), even though its stated turn radius in this length is 16.2m, and the rep seemed to think I would like its short turn characteristics???? WHAT! This ski is designed to do one thing.....high-speed-long-radius turns on groomed terrain. You want to try a turn other than this skis designated turn radius.....forget-it! Take this ski off of a prepared groomed slope....forget-it! Other skiers in your way.....call the ski patrol! It has a tiny sweet spot, and is unforgiving. It required a constant steady tongue pressure at all times. The ski felt as if it was always forcing you into the back seat, even if you do maintain constant forward pressure. Perhaps moving the binding mount position forward may have offset some of this syndrome, but I did not have the opportunity to experiment with this, nor the desire! If your skier profile dictates high speed-straight line skiing, with slow edge change, on wide open groomed terrain, then this might be a board for you to try. Perhaps the 175cm length would have been more appropriate (not available for this test). Based on my profile (preference for short turns, and off-piste conditions), this Atomic will never make it under my boot again. One of the most challenging skis I have ever ridden!
Anything other than wide open prepared groomed piste conditions...FORGET IT!
Who is this ski for?
If your only focus is high speed skiing and GS-SUPER-G turns, and you have the skill level, open terrain, and training to support it.
Atomic about the Redster X9 + X14 TL RS
"For most of us, racing is about challenging ourselves more than striving to be the next Marcel. That’s where Redster X comes in: it’s ideal if you want to do a bit of racing and piste skiing the rest of the time. One of its key features is our World Cup innovation, Servotec, which makes the ski more agile in turns and more stable on straights. Then it also features our Atomic Redster X Multi Radius Sidecut, halfway between giant slalom and slalom, that’s good for both short and long turns on piste.", says Atomic.