I got the Panic out on the slopes at Grouse Mountain yesterday. No problem with the mounting of the bindings, everything worked perfectly. Here is my quickie review of the ski:
Atomic Panic (173cm) - Sidecut 120/87/110 - Radius 18m - Features include Adaptive Camber, Step-Down Sidewall (tapering to a cap in front and back), Tip Rocker, Full Wood Core.
Me: Male, 6 ft, 175 lb, age 61, intermediate skier.
Conditions at Grouse were good, some fresh snow, mostly groomed, around 2 degrees C, snow was wet and heavy with slush in places. This was my first time on a rocker ski. I found the flapping of the long rise tip to be disconcerting, but this was only an issue when running straight and flat on groomed snow. Once you commit to a turn, it feels like the entire length of the ski hooks up to give you a nice, smooth turn. That could be the "Adaptive Camber" at work. Atomic got the flex of the tail just about perfect. There is enough pop coming out of short turns to keep things interesting, but it's not so stiff that you feel locked into the turn. The Panic is very easy to toss around. Compared to the Dynastar Sixth Sense Distorter, another twin-tip with an 87mm waist, I would say the Panic is more lively. Where the Distorter feels stable and sure-footed, the Panic is more active, almost eager. There is a run on Grouse called Paper Trail. It's a narrow run through the trees, with a variety of bumps and rolling terrain. As you enter the run, there is a steep slope about 6 feet high. I normally ski down this to get on to the main part of the run. I didn't think I was carrying that much speed, but as I came on to Paper Trail, the Panic launched me off the top of the slope, or at least that's what it felt like. Fortunately I landed it okay. These skis are deceptively fast. I did Paper Trail faster than ever before. I was getting air off things I would usually just ski over. It normally takes me a few trips to the mountain to get to know a new set of skis, but not with the Panic. I did two runs to warm up, and then it was "pedal to the metal". These things really want to rip. The Atomic Panic is a nice all-round twin tip ski, a welcome addition to my collection.