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Atomic D2 VF 75 Skis with Neox TL 12 Bindings 2011


Pros: Great all mountain ski

Cons: none

Just had two weeks on my new 2012 Atomic VF 75's at Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone and Steamboat.

A fantastic ski A real cross between my former Metron 11's and Atomic GS ski (both fantastic skis mind you) Why anybody would buy anything apart from Atomics is beyond me.

instead of now traveling with to sets of ski's on trips, I now only need one. I reckon they would be fine through a GS course and they are good in powder and chowder.

The VF 75's are a true all mountain ski and simply make you ski better. Good on packed and fresh but maybe lose a little grip on the ice but way ahead of the M 11's and pleasingly no chatter at high speed.

Could not be more delighted with them. Love them:)


Pros: Incredibly responsive

Cons: Maybe a bit heavy

First a little about me. 54 years old, 5 foot 10, 175 pounds, in good shape. I work out regularly. I have had surgery for a torn meniscus on both knees. I skied in the 70's in CO (Steamboat pretty much) then didn't pick it up again until about 8 years ago. I bought a pair of Atomic E7's -- beginner level, I guess -- and similar level Atomic boots. For years I was fine with that. I ski mostly in the East (Catskills and Vermont) but in the last couple of years I've been going to Whitefish in Montana. I was fine with any blue, and could "get down" blacks although I wasn't really skiing them. I ski maybe 15 days a year (wish it could be more...)


Last year I decided to make a serious effort to become a better skier. With that in mind I bought these skis (and boots to go with them: Atomic B-Tech 120's which I had custom fit) last November. Now I am skiing blacks with great confidence, and starting to pick off a couple of double blacks here and there. I'll probably never get into moguls because of my knees, but that's okay -- you can't have everything! So this review is probably only of interest to people like me; I can't compare these skis to others and I can't give much of a technical assessment.


In case you don't know, a word about these skis since they seem to be unique. The D2 refers to "Double Decker". The ski is really two physically separate layers: an upper layer that holds the bindings, and a lower layer that rides on the snow. They are joined with floating bolts and a variable-resistance elastomer material. The harder and faster the elastomer is flexed, the stiffer and more resistant it is. Hence the VF in the name: Variable Flex. The effect is the ski is soft and easy to flex at slow speeds, but becomes much stiffer at higher speeds. The only drawback seems to be that the double-deck construction adds some weight, but this really doesn't seem to be a problem for me. 


All I can say is that stepping up to these skis was like turning on the lights! They have really opened up the mountain to me. It's almost a paradox: these skis stick tight to the snow but they turn on a dime! They are equally responsive whether you're going fast or slow, and they are quite damp -- not the slightest bit of chatter. I have only skied groomers, and haven't had them in any really deep/soft/powder situations yet. Since I'm mostly in the east I've had them out on some icy, scraped down runs. Right now in those situations I'm slipping somewhat but I think as I continue to improve my technique I have a sense they'll hold well even on ice.  In general they carve beautifully -- I keep the edges sharp and they hold  a solid line. At times they've almost run out from under me -- they are fast. Really happy with these! 


I feel like I made a good choice with these. These skis have already been hugely rewarding, and I feel like I have a lot of room to grow with them. 

Atomic D2 VF 75 Skis with Neox TL 12 Bindings 2011

Atomic brings back the D2 VF 75 to the Varioflex family. The VF 75 provides an incredible dynamic carving ski for the aggressive skier. Skiers looking to push the speed limit and need a ski that can keep up will find that here. In Doubledeck 2 Varioflex an elastomer mounted connection between two layers influences the way the ski can flex according to speed. At low speeds the ski is damp, allowing it to be easy to control and maneuver quickly. When high speeds are reached the ski becomes more dynamic. The flex can build progressively, giving more rebound and supporting acceleration at the finish. Looking to go from all mountain cruiser to all mountain ripper? At 75mm at the waist the VF 75 will get onto edge easily and hold all day long for precise, powerful carves all day but retains enough width to feel at home in light crud and soft snow. . Dimensions: 126/75/11 (@ 166cm), Turn Radius: 13m (@ 166cm), Warranty: One Year, Type of Ski: Front Side Carver, Gender: Mens, Integrated Binding System: Yes, What Binding is Included?: Neox TL 12, Construction Type: Varioflex Cap Construction, Core Material: Varioflex Densolite Core, Base Material: P-tex, Tail: Straight, Special Feature: Doubledeck Varioflex, Binding DIN: 4-12, Rocker: N/A, Binding Weight Range: 94-265 lbs, Skill Range: Advanced Intermediate - Expert, Model Year: 2011, Product ID: 196491

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