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Atomic D2 VF

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I'm hoping some of you might have some helpful insight with regards to Atomic D2 skis. 


I'm a level 7 skier,5'9" 165lbs, and ski almost only in the east so lots of groomers and crud (except for an annual trip to the west). I also ski fairly aggressively.

I need to replace my old Atomic beta carvs (about time!), and was looking into the Atomic D2 VF skis. I demoed a pair of Atomic D2 VF75 which I liked, but I cannot find any VF72 or VF82 to demo and compare to the VF75. 


Considering that I enjoy speed and GS type of curves, but that I also have to deal with crud, what would be the most noticeable difference between the VF75 and the VF72/82? Or perhaps are there other skis that would suit me better? 





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I would think that the most noticeable difference would be their performance in crud, though if someone has actually skied them then please feel free to correct me.  The VF82s were reviewed in the SKI magazine gear review, and they wrote that it had great stability at speed, great hard snow grip, but apparently not forgiving in the least.  The overall sum was "As long as I was willing to go way too fast, this ski lit it up".  I demoed the VF75 a couple weeks ago along with the Blackeye Ti, and found that the Blackeye was a much more stable and predictable ski in the crud (again, compared to the 75 width), while still holding a great edge on NH hardpack.  But that's just my $0.02, I'm no expert.

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The most immediately noticeable difference between the VF75 and the VF72 is that the VF75 has a nice lively tip that is readier to engage different-size turns.    The VF72 does not do this, and so the VF72 is steadier when smashing through broken snow.


Mid-foot, the VF75 feels nicely light and responsive at lower speeds.   The VF72 feels like it needs more speed to come alive, at low speeds it feels dead in a Metron-like way.


In some ways, the Dynastar Contact Cross feels more like "The VF75's 72mm brother" than the VF72.

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From what you're both saying, it would seem the that the VF75 would be a more versatile ski than the VF72 or VF82, without sacrificing too much at higher speeds? and also more forgiving in the crud?

Ideally the next pair of skis would get me through the crud and really shine on groomers. Which is what made me think of the VF's, although not sure if there are other skis out there that would be better suited.

I'll see if they have the Blackeye and the Dynastars to demo. 

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IMO the VF75 does give up a little bit to the VF72 when it is asked to "swim" at speed through random snow on top of hardpack.     Didn't test the VF82 in the same conditions, couldn't say. 


By "swim" I mean when you the skier aren't actively driving the toe, but your muscles are just lightly tensed to hold the ski at best flat glide. 


On balance, I would say it does make the VF75 more forgiving, yes.

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I had a VF 75 last year, but found the tip to be too soft and chattery, which was a shame because I loved the rest of the ski. If you look at pictures, the double deck doesn't extend as far towards the tip on the 75 as it does on the 72/82. For me, the tips felt too soft, and as mentioned above, the lightness makes it feel weird in the crud. Skied the 82 also, but it felt somewhat cumbersome, although the demo was the wrong length for me.


Hope this helps...


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Check out the Ski Canada Test report on the VF82s. Testers recommend this ski for heavier aggressive skiers due to its overall stiffness. 'This is a rock-solid ski with no apparent speed limit. A medium to heavy expert looking for a lively ski will love its quick initiation with a constant edge in any speed or turn.' http://www.skicanadamag.com/Gear/2009/10On-Piste.pdf  


See also recommendations by weight, ability, style and usual snow conditions http://www.skicanadamag.com/Gear/2009/Recommendations.html#OPC

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