Hey John V.
I own the Atomic Alibi's, after about 6 months of deliberating whether to go alibi's, or line prophet 98s, volkl kendo's, and line chronics.
i'm happy with my choice, my first mid fat ski at 98 underfoot, it truely is an all mountain. I'm 5'10, 150lbs, 3+ skier with racing background and 19 years of skiing, teaching included. I ski the Atomic Alibi in 180cm
FANTASTIC! that sidewall/cap construction got it done. used to skiing on atomic race sl's and gs skis with superb edge grip, i was worried that edge grip on such a wide ski from what i was used to would be not so amazing. now, it isn't as rediciolously grippy as my race ski, but its the perfect amount of release and grip, where i can feather my movement down a steep ice pack jump turning with no problems. if i did that with race skis the edges would just grab, and would not let me slide, thus it'd actually feel alittle more uncomfortable.
torsional and lateral stiffness.
both fantastic, though it has the early rise tips and tails, i found it was still stiff enough length wise to rail some amazing GS turns into hardback, yet the early rise allows me to still carve,(mind you with alot of knee articulation) in chunky, chopped up terrain. torsionally, fantastic again, edge grip was superb and i don't notice any torsional play throughout the length of the ski. Again, comparing to race skis i've skied on, not as stiff, but still got that legendary atomic stiffness i craze in my skis, just alittle subdued so its more fun and manageable then a race ski in the crud.
Maneuverability and ride
these ride shorter then your average ski, which gives you two good positives. one, there extremely maneuverable because of how it rides short, (probably because of early rise and the twintip design) and two, you can ski them longer which benefits you with floatation in powder. Did i mention these are great everywhere, like everywhere? they hold a strong carve through the groomers, a strong carve through the crud and chopped up snow, and there nimble enough to enjoy yourself bump runs all day. there an extremely good all rounder.
i can't tell you how much i love these skis, i dunno if its the metal in the ski (frankly i'm not a measurement machine so i can't tell you how much stiffer it got with it), or that i like atomics, but its a perfect balance of weight, (heavy enough to charge and plow through crud), grip(the perfect amount of grip, too much would make me feel uneasy on steep jump turns where i can't feather the descent), and stiffness(wonderfully stiff, again that perfect amount, doesn't chatter, powers out of carves in the groomers, and enough to charge with, though i'd reccommend on untouched snow. going 84.6km/hr based on my ski pursuit app by rossi, it was alittle sketchy....) hmm whatelse. oh it does chip on the tips and tails easily, my first season with it and its already got maybe 2-3 very small chips. and the black matt portions of the ski itself do show scratches and blemishes really easily....(clear sticker protector maybe?)
the skis compared to a race ski, feel more playful, subdued in the stiffness and edge grip department, and overall better all around the mountain. i've even got the chance to do some powder skiing with about 15-20cm's of pow in the snow, floats amazing. and the 98 underfoot isn't as fat as you think on the grooms, the early rise in tip and tail makes it feel like it goes edge to edge quicker, it skis like a slimmer ski.
now why did i not go for the ritual? I just couldn't do it....103mm and i'm skiing east coast majority of the time? it'd be overkill, me being only 150 pounds the 98 would still offer plenty of float, yet be that much more maneuverable in the groomers. if i wanted anything over 100mm, i'd be going for the atomic automatic or bent chetlers.
I'm telling you, I didn't like wide skis in the beginning, i thought i would feel sluggish, and tired skiing these big pontoons around. bought and skied, now i can't get enough of them, go big or go home, i don't know why people buy skis sub 80 when there home mountain, where it will never be perfect groomed slopes, rather more like chopped up, and mixed terrain by the second hour. thats what these are perfect for, all conditions, anywhere, anytime.my weapon of choice.
if you got anymore questions let me know.
Edited by nohname420 - 2/13/13 at 4:13pm