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Atomic R:EX vs Atomic R11:20

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Thread Starter 
Ski Make: Atomic
Ski Model: R:EX
Ski Length: 177
Snow Conditions Used In: Everything
Number of Days Used: 4
Your Ability: 8/9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 10
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 25
Other Skis You Like: Atomic R11:20, Volkl G4/G3
Your Height/Weight: 5’11” 165lbs

I recently switched from the Atomic R11:20 in 180cm to the R:EX in 177cm. I just wanted more float than the 11:20 was giving me. The R:EX is a good all-mountain ski. It is pretty similar to the 11:20. It carves very well on everything except ice (where it is OK). It does not have as much edge hold as the r11:20s on hard pack, but perhaps that is because I don’t have as much rise as I did on the 11:20s (just the Xentrix 4-12 binders mounted directly onto ski). It turns really easily in the 177 length. I had no trouble with trees, chutes, or bumps. The low swing weight is also nice for jump turns. It is much more stable than my 11:20s were at speed if the snow is whacky. For a short ski they are surprisingly good at “straight-lining” nasty sections. When flexed properly the ski will give you a nice snap out of each turn, but you must really crank it for this to happen. On the limited pow I got to taste (6”), they floated well and turned quick. They did really well on spring corn snow. The 11:20s tend to want to carve C shaped turns whenever they are on edge, where the EX more or less holds the line you set it at. In general, they let you turn in whatever shape you want, but you need to force it, where the 11:20s seem to do a lot of the turning for you, if that makes any sense. I like them very much. Great all mountain ride for the west coast.
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Just curious how you feel about the 11.20 and the Volkl G3. Specifcally, do you find either (or both) to be forgiving or demanding? Which ski do you find better at: short/medium turns, edge hold, stability at speed, etc?

I'm about the same height/weight/skill level as you and looking for an all mountain ski.

Thanks for your input.
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Thread Starter 
I think the Volkl G3 and Atomic R11:20 are very similar. The Volkl may feel a little more solid cause it is wood core, but the Atomic is strong too. They are both great all around boards and can't say there is anything wrong with either. The Atomic may favor slightly larger arcs but I am splitting hairs here. If I were deciding between the two bindings may be the main factor. Atomic will force you to use their bindings, which isn't bad, but there are better binders out there (look/rosi + salamon).

If I were to do all this over again I might get a Volkl G4 with Look p12 binder. But that's cause I like black. You can't go wrong with Atomic or Volkl if you like stiff racey feeling crud busters.
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I could not agree more, I ski the R:EX in a 177 and it is probably one of the best true all mountain ski out there.

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