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Atomic Sugar Daddy's

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Ski Make:
Ski Model: Atomic Sugar Daddy
Ski Length: 183
Snow Conditions Used In: Hardpack, week old pow.
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: 8-9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 16
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 40
Other Skis You Like: XXX, pocket rocket
Your Height/Weight: 6', 200lbs
Comments: All I can say about this ski is wow. I got a hold of these for a day and now I have to buy a pair. The conditions were week old pow and hard bumps. Off trail these were amazing. You could plow through anything and I did not find a top speed. Very stable and hold a line great. They were not thrown off by anything and the old crud was not a problem at all. Much better than my XXX's. On trail they were not bad eather. A little slow edge to edge but that is due to the 99mm waiste. Took bumps well and held a good edge on groomers. Overall I was very impressed. After the first run I knew I had found a great ski. All I need now is to find a buyer for my XXX's so I can get some money for these new sticks.
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Lets get these on the same page... I posted on Jan 14:

Ski Make: Atomic
Ski Model: Sugar Daddy
Ski Length: 183
Snow Conditions Used In: Spring like, ice, groomed, some half frozen slush
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: 8-9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 27
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 35
Other Skis You Like: K2 Axis x-pro 193, K2 Seth Morrison 204, Stockli Stormrider 183, Head Cyber Worldcup Ti 190, Volant Machete Huckster 193.
Your Height/Weight: 5'11" / 175
Comments: Tough day for this ski so I will update this as I get some experience. My first run required some traversing across frozen (like an ice cube frozen) avy debris and smooth area to sneak down a almost softened slope in Heather Canyon (45-50 degree slope). I was wishing I had my Stormriders! Good thing the edges were sharp! While they did not let go and leave me sliding down the hill, they did not inspire confidence either. Where my other skis might catch to check my speed these ones would slide.
It got better but I tried to stay off the hardest surfaces. The sun-melted crud and slop was acutally fun. They were very easy to bank side to side on steep narrow troughs. They were confidence inspiring when it got crowded (trees). They rewarded a very centered technique. They surprised me in the bumps, much better than expected (twin tip and/or soft tails?) The easy release at the end of the turn was what made them weak in the ice more than anything else...I think.

I was not able to ski faster than they wanted to go. Big fast turns seem to be their forte. Felt damp like a Volant...

Overall positive experience considering they were out of thier element. If we would just get some more fresh snow...

My March 21, 2002 update:

After a few months in various Cascade cement these skis are awsome! They blast through crud like it is not there. They float through wind packed powder and heavy deep stuff at high speed (if you are gental and keep your speed up). The feeling of making high speed arcs in 18" of wet, heavy snow or just steering through the trees is great. If you bend them to make more traditional powder turns they will break through but they really spring you between turns. These things are fast too. They really cook on the run outs. If you like to hike, better eat your Wheaties, these things are HEAVY!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 21, 2002 01:48 PM: Message edited 3 times, by NWJohngalt ]</font>
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Ski Make:
Ski Model: '03 Sugar Daddy
Ski Length: 183-cm
Snow Conditions Used In: Spring; Soft Groomers, 2-3 day old powder, crud, mashed potatoes, corn, etc.
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: 8-9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 23
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 30-40
Other Skis You Like: Atomic 10.EX, Bandit XX, K2 AXP
Your Height/Weight: 5'8"/175 lbs.
I guess that there has to be a dissenter in every crowd, here I am. First let me preface this to say that I was really excited to demo these boards. I really dig my 10.EX's (191) and hoped that a shorter and fatter Atomic would be even better. In some ways I was right, yet in others, I was wrong. The one thing that I noticed was that these are heavy skis. Probably the heaviest that I have skied in some time. They had a retail, not rental binding, so I had a good idea that they just don't make 'em light. In the deeper crud and nasty old pow, they were wonderful. I dropped off a small rock drop and staight-lined the run out through a soft crust with incredile ease. They are quite stable and seem to have no speed limit. I let them run on the steep groomers and was impressed with the edge grip and stability. After such a performance, one would think that I would be overjoyed, but I was not. They are a better back-country ski than the EX, but not a better all-mtn, any condition stick. If I lived in a place where deep snow was the norm, I might consider, but the weight is definitely a turn-off for me.
I also took them for a few runs in the park, where they felt like planks. This is not a twin for park riders, but rather for the occassional back country kicker. Anyhow, I just didn't like this one all that much. It does have a lot to live up to , being a cousin to the EX, and perhaps that biased me a bit. However, I am very glad that I tried these, because I thought that I might want a pair, and know I say that I really don't. BTW, since I had a so-so experience, the guys at Footloose in Mammoth waived the demo fee. That impressed me the most.
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I was just wondering whether the sugar daddy was a true twin tip, so can some1 please respond to my question
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It has a twin/turned up tail , but the Stomp is designed as more of a true "fat twin." The Sugar is a fat all-mtn. board that allows one to land fakie or ride switch. It is by no means a park ski and weighs a ton. Great for pow and crud, but not the best in the park.
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I am getting some mixed opinions on this ski. Can any one share some insight on how much deep snow/crud performance the Sugar Daddy provides over the 10.EX? What would you give up with the 10.Ex--of course acknowledging that you'll get much better on trail performance.
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I would say unless you are going to ski in baffin islands or something exotic, stikc with your 10ex's. They aren't as hot in the pow as the sugar daddys cuz they got a big sidecut, but i recently tried sugar daddys, and they are a complete blast in crud. Unless u have a mountain carver, go with the 10ex's, amazing.
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Oh and by the way, i almost forgot. If u are planin on buying the sugar daddy's just for pow, then try some big daddys
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