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2013 Atomic Automatic- A follow up review of Atomic's new Red Sled

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Review:

I initially tested the Automatic at trade shows last season and quite frankly the conditions weren't conducive to a complete evaluation. Fast forward to the Mayan Apocalypse 2012 and the early season blizzard. There are skis that make you ski fast, the Automatic is a ski that makes you WANT to ski fast, a rare trait in a ski this this big to have the ability to be so nimbly powerful that it is as comfortable in tight trees as it is making big high speed GS turns on wind buff. I was started by getting first tracks in the morning in some heavy powder that was coming down to the tune of 2-3" an hour. Then as the area got tracked out, the speeds were brought up a couple of notches and the the Automatic was a blast. I is is a brave new world when a 117mm wide ski is as nimble as what the Automatic is. In the tight trees of Northstar, I had no problem getting the Automatics to do anything I asked of them, all I had to do was point them and they went, if I wanted them to roll onto edge they came around effortlessly. I am a fan of camber in a ski and this is what helps the Automatic both spring and hold well. The early rise in the tip and tail along with the minimal taper in the tail (-2mm less than waist) really allowed the ski play through all the turns. 

 

 

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This was after 2 1/2 hours of skiing

 

 

 

 

Product:

Length Tested:186

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  140/117/119 19m

Camber: Traditional, Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber

Binding: Demo 

Mount point: Suggested  

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Northstar

Number of Runs: More than 12

Snow Conditions: Bottomless Powder

Demo or Own: Demo

 

Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 49

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

 

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Wrong dimensions... (check Atomic's website)
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would you say the Automatic is a good resort powder skis? What other skis would you put together with the Automatic in the versatile powder bag?

 

Do you think it is a good one for short not so heavy skiers? 5'5" / 150 lbs? Trying to find a 179 to demo, but can only find the 186 so far...

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