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Atomic 10-EX (2002)

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Had these boards out for the last 3 days , conditions ranged from thigh deep glades to hard pack. These things have a huge sweet spot , but what impressed me was how predictable they are through real heavy knee deep crud. Turn initiation is smooth even at low speed and they hold an incredable edge on hard pack , stability on a scale from 1 to 10 would be "12". Short radius turns really weren't as difficult as I thought they would be and they did great in the bumps also.
This is a fun powder ski that will do whatever you want, they even run straight and flat. Oh ya one more thing

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This post is still relevant for the 2001-2002 season.
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AC - Thanks for going through the old reviews and bringing these end-of-season ones up to the top. I'm looking to upgrade from my old Explosivs to (maybe)10ex's and have been waiting to see reviews of this year's version.

Tom / PM

PS - Re: Your message, "Please copy, past, and answer the questions in this short Review Template for ALL Ski Reviews".

I can copy and I can answer, but I'm stumped on #2. How does one "past"?
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What size did you try?
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Thread Starter 
I was on the 184cm that time and found them to be a real fun ski . I have been on the 191's a few times since and found them feeling the same most everywhere but requiring more strenght overall .
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Ski Make: Atomic
Ski Model:TenEX
Ski Length:184
Snow Conditions Used In: 9" new stuff officialy (6 - 8 tops actually), cut-up crud, groomed, scraped hardpack
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: level 8
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 40
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: @20
Your Height/Weight: 5'-11"/180 lbs
So, I get to join all the other Bear’s and rave about the TenEX. It was quite the ride! For a ‘fat’ ski, the Atomic is very versatile. I expected great performance in the powder and it didn’t disappoint, but a few trips on the groomed trails were a pleasant surprise. The ski really shows Atomic’s race heritage and carved some great GS turns in the soft corduroy. While I wouldn’t want to spend the day on the groomers with this ski, it was good enough to compete with most ‘all-mountain’ skis. Speed limit? Yah, you need to be going about 15mph before the ski starts to get cranked up. If there is an upper limit, I didn’t find it. While it doesn't like to be skied from the back seat, it doesn't punish excessively either. Can be skidded when needed.

My previous experience with powder skis has always left me feeling like I’m driving a ¾ ton pickup truck without the power steering when I get back on the groomed side of the mountain. The TenEX was nothing like that. It carved really well on the soft stuff. Very stable at speed and really liked to make big GS turns. Only complaints: it has a tendency to get locked into a GS turn and didn’t like to change turn shapes easily. Although quick side to side for a fat ski, it really doesn’t do the short slalom turn. Edge hold was surprisingly good for a fat ski, but slipped a little on the hardpack to scraped ice. But you wouldn’t buy this ski for that kind of skiing anyway. It’s a great powder ski. Plenty of float, tank-like power in the crud. ‘Nuff said.

Too much GS race ski in this one to be a good bump ski, but for moderate bumps, especially with 6” of new snow on ‘em, it works quite well. Again, a bit of a surprise to me, but I enjoyed this ski in the bumps on Triple Zero and Triple Treat today.

This is a very versatile ‘fat’ ski. Would definitely recommend it for any western skiing. Versatile enough to even be a good choice for an eastern skier that is looking to add a fat ski to his/her quiver for those occasional powder days. It’ll handle the powder with ease and you won’t have to change skis in the afternoon when the snow’s all packed out.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 28, 2002 02:41 PM: Message edited 3 times, by Tag ]</font>
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I'm a little surprised as I look for a pair of these skis that Atomic only makes them in 184, 191, & 198 lengths. I thought that the trend was wider and shorter. :

Just who do they expect to sell the 198 too? Is this a fat ski that is meant to be skied long?
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I've heard of models of the 10EX that go into the 170 range, and are a bit softer. However last I checked they aren't on Atomic's site but some people have claimed to see them...
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177 cm and 168 cm lengths do exist. I own the 177 and absolutely love it. Does everything except park. Only good shops are carrying that length. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Hey, my 191's do the park...they even land fakie okay!
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bandit Man:
Hey, my 191's do the park...they even land fakie okay!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow - I don't know how you do that.

The tails on my 184 10ex's are so flat that I can't even ski backwards a few feet if its at all soft / uneven without them digging in and coming to an abrupt halt. That's the only thing about them that I don't like. How much would it have cost Atomic to turn the tails up by 1/2 inch or so - grrr?

Tom / PM
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