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Hi,

 

I am looking into buying some atomic access's, not sure as to what year because from my understanding they are all the same? I am a 5'10, 130lbs aggressive all mountain skier, love everything from steep drops, to chutes, to kickers, to the deep pow. But I am unsure as to what length I should buy, either the 171cm or the 181cm. What are your guys opinions? Do you recommend any other skis?

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Welcome to Epic.  Based on your self description, I think you should also consider the Atomic Ritual, 103mm, slightly larger turn radius(18m vs 14m), all mountain rocker instead of powder rocker.  Comes in a 174 which you could probably use since you're pretty light.  I demoed these last season and have a pair on order.  I'm about 5'8", 150 pounds and went with the 174s which is what I demoed.  I really enjoyed them, great in the deeper snow in the trees, very responsive and held an edge well on packed snow.  But, it has a flat tail so if you want the semi-twin tip style, the the Access is probably what you want.  I think you could use either the 171 or 181.  The 171 will be a bit quicker but the 181 will give you a bit more float.

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Thanks. I am looking for a partial twin tip, or full twin tip but the suggestions are always good. I am leaning towards the 181 just because I am still growing and may quickly need bigger than the 171cm. Right now I have Salomon teneighties but want to get into more of a powderski/all mountain and these seem like the step up. Still open to suggestions
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Originally Posted by tannergeary View Post

Thanks. I am looking for a partial twin tip, or full twin tip but the suggestions are always good. I am leaning towards the 181 just because I am still growing and may quickly need bigger than the 171cm. Right now I have Salomon teneighties but want to get into more of a powderski/all mountain and these seem like the step up. Still open to suggestions


The Access has a flat tail. I have a set in SLC and really enjoy them. I sent my last set to my son, then realized how much I liked them, so bought another pair.

 

My first pair were the first year (10/11), and my later pair are 12/13, and based on my experience, they isn't any difference. Probably the 181's for you if you're worried about outgrowing them.

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I do not mean to high jack the thread, but I am trying to decide between the Atomic Access (100 mm) and Coax (105 mm) as an all-mountain area ski and wonder if anyone has any comparison thoughts.  Regarding the Access, Blister Gear has a very comprehensive review.

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I'm 52, and outweigh you by about 35 pounds. I got the 171's and am very pleased, they're a lot of fun on groomers and cut-up crud. Can't say anything about bumps, haven't had a chance yet. Sometimes I think that I should have gotten the 181's, but since I almost never get the chance to ski light powder (I'm in the midwest)....


Edited by chilehed - 10/16/13 at 8:54am
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I keep coming back to these -- need an everyday ski for my son, 6'6" 190. Seems like the 191s would be a nice long ski that isn't terribly stiff, as many of the 190+ skis are. Any tall light people out there skiing the 191? 

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Originally Posted by tannergeary View Post
 

Hi,

 

I am looking into buying some atomic access's, not sure as to what year because from my understanding they are all the same? I am a 5'10, 130lbs aggressive all mountain skier, love everything from steep drops, to chutes, to kickers, to the deep pow. But I am unsure as to what length I should buy, either the 171cm or the 181cm. What are your guys opinions? Do you recommend any other skis?


At 130 lbs. the 181 would ski big, but judging from your own assessment you could probably handle it. The Access is a wood core ski with Atomic's power rocker, and no metal. So the rocker tip and tail is substantial, but until you get it up on edge ,the 181 would still steer easily. I own this ski in 181 and found it to be a fun and easy ski. Not a hard snow ski but at your weight it should be better. It is a very popular ski with lighter weight skiers in southwest Montana. I also the ritual and the coax as well, and find my favorite is the ritual. The coax skis the most traditional of the three, the ritual is the most versatile of the three, without giving up powder and soft performance, and the access is the most forgiving of the three. The ritual was my go to ski last year unless it was firm. Totally enjoy the ritual.

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Thanks for all the feedback, I think I will check out the ritual... My home mountain is in the okanagan, BC. This might help with my decision but there are somme of the sickest tree runs around;can be really tight. I am worried that the 181 are just too long for some of the quick turns. But on the other hand the huge wide open backside is amazing as well. Maybe a ski in 174cm would be better for me?
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