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Is the Atomic Redster double deck 3 SL too specific?

post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone,

 

I am writing to get advice on selecting new skis for next season. To give you some back ground, I have been skiing all my life and feel very comfortable on the slopes. I have also tried racing at a beginners/recreational level when I got older for one season. My favourite place to ski is in the Italian Alps (Madonna di Campiglio this winter), so I go to different towns once a year. I live in Canada, so I ski at places like Tremblaunt in Quebec there. Currently I own a pair of atomic izor 9:7s, and enjoy them quiet a lot. Recently I have been renting when I go on my ski trips and tried some of the high end skis, which made me realize that I would certainly enjoy an upgrade. Recently I tried the following skis: Atomic redster double deck 3 SL, Atomic redster double deck 3 XT, and the atomic nomad s temper ti. The first ski I tried was the XT, which I found quiet awesome, but way too fast for me. Maybe it was the lack of my experience, but I found that with what I thought was ok carving I was gathering a lot of speed. It was fun, but a bit too much on crowded slopes. I then tried the SL version of the redster ski, and fell in love with it. My favorite feature was the "bite" I get when I really go into a turn hard. This is something I could not get with the other skis I have tried. Just to round things off, I tried the nomad s temper ti. It was a bit of a longer ski, with a larger turn radius, but I found it a lot easier to control than the XT. It was quiet the smooth ride, and I found that I also really liked it, and could do a lot of the things I wanted with it. The only thing that was missing was the "bite" on the turns I get from the SL. Also, I found them smooth at high speeds, and also with some rougher parts. It was smoother than the SL, which I think is the point. 

 

So far, the SL is hands down my favourite ski for recreational skiing, mainly because of the wicked tight turns I can have fun with. My only concern is this: I know its a racing ski, and very specific to groomed courses. Do you think I might be better off with a more versatile ski like the nomad? Would this be a good choice for a recreational ski, or am I wasting my $$ a bit?

 

Also, I am not biased to atomic skis, they are just very available through all the demo shops where I live. I am welcoming to any brand suggestions.

 

Thank you for your feedback.

post #2 of 7

It is a great ski for what it is. If you are going to stay on groomed Piste and like to turn, you can't beat it! But it is not going to do you any favors off-piste & is not the best choice for chopped up snow. Although, it can  ski a 2-4" inches of untracked snow on top of a firm base just fine. 

 

What length in the SL did you try?

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

I went with the longest version, which I think is the 171 cm with 11.5 turning radius.

post #4 of 7

Don't you know that Redster Double deck have adjustable Radius?  Makes the ski more versatile.

The only thing for the life of me I cannot figure out how to do it.
See this thread on the new breakthrough from Atomic.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/134060/atomic-race-skis-need-help-with-id

post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by HulaHoop View Post
 

I went with the longest version, which I think is the 171 cm with 11.5 turning radius.

The length does make it more of an all day ski.   But still On-piste Groomer predominately!

post #6 of 7
If you like it just get it. It will make you a better skier. Esp in places like Quebec, it makes a great all mountain ski.
You'll learn how to get to your edges and feel what's going on. Instead of sliding on a lunch tray. ;-)
There are people on here that use slaloms every day in Jackson Hole when there's no new snow.
Honestly, for Quebec it might be better to go to the 158 Fis slalom. But... maybe build to that.
post #7 of 7
I demoed the 165 version several times, didn't really like it. It was a bit unstable in end of day crud, and too turny for me. But I think it depends on your size. I prefer the XT, or GS.

If you don't mind those two things and ski mostly on groomers it'll be fine, it's not a race ski, just a higher end consumer ski and you can handle itj easily with decent skills.
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