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Atomic Ritual in 182 or 190?

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Guys, I'm looking at the Atomic Ritual to fill the gap between my Fischer Motive 86 TI (182) and Atomic Automatic 117 (186) for all-mountain crud busting, soft groomer ripping, shallow powder skiing and allround fun...

 

I'm a level 8 skier, 85 kg and 1.82. Demoed the Ritual two years ago in 190. Was great, but no bumps or trees to try. For big turns, 190 is awsome, but would 182 work too for a bit more tight spaces skiing?

 

Or should I just go for 190?

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You could easily go with either length.  Which type of terrain do you prefer?  If you had the choice between wide open, fast turns or tight, quick turns, which would you choose?  

 

You already have the Automatic in a 186, which should do quite well in wide open terrain at pretty high speeds, so maybe it makes more sense to go 182cm in the Ritual and use that specifically for tighter terrain.

 

I would as yourself the question I posed and I think you're answer will determine which length you want to go with.

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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post
 

Guys, I'm looking at the Atomic Ritual to fill the gap between my Fischer Motive 86 TI (182) and Atomic Automatic 117 (186) for all-mountain crud busting, soft groomer ripping, shallow powder skiing and allround fun...

 

I'm a level 8 skier, 85 kg and 1.82. Demoed the Ritual two years ago in 190. Was great, but no bumps or trees to try. For big turns, 190 is awsome, but would 182 work too for a bit more tight spaces skiing?

 

Or should I just go for 190?


The 182s will feel more similar in length to your Motives and Autos.  190 in the Ritual will feel much bigger, more ski, than both of those.  If you are going with "more ski" you probably want to have some good idea for why, and why in this particular slot in the quiver?

 

For the center slot in the quiver, based on what you've said, I'd recommend 182.  Top of the head should be just right.  It should be sufficiently stable and more versatile - and more appropriate for what it is designed to be (an all-mountain, all conditions ski. . . on the other hand, if you want to bomb Sun Valley-style groomers all day, Rituals would work OK, 190 probably better than 182, but many other choices will work better for that specific scenario and I think that he 190s would be more limiting, harder work, all-mountain). 

 

FWIW, I have the Motive 86 (182) and I'd choose the Ritual in 182 as a compliment, at least for the terrain around here (PNW).  Going long in that particular ski, with a wider and longer option available already in the quiver, doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

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I ski the ritual 182 But I am about 5'11" and 175 lbs. All the ski I need! 190 would be cantankerous! 182 is much more user friendly in bumps and trees!

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I am 6'5" and 215 lbs and have about 30 days on my 190 Rituals.  They have a full twin tip, which takes 10cm off the running length.  Surprisingly, I found them to be a decent bump ski.  They are a good all-arounder, but a rather strange ski.  Stiffer and longer radius sidecut in the front, and softer and tighter sidecut in the back.  They will handle almost any kind of condition, but you need to be using the correct part of the ski for whatever you are doing, which IMO is their biggest drawback because you do not get to use the entire ski at one time too often.  Because of their multiple personalities they had a bigger learning curve than any other ski I have been on, but consequently the more I skied them the better I liked them. 

 

For bumps you need to ski them from the middle like the full rockered ski they are.  If you try to drive the stiff front end they will throw back onto the softer tails, where you can still pull off a short radius turn, but it is certainly not the preferred way to use them in the bumps.

 

Because of the tip/tail rocker and twin tip they ski short, but it is still a burly ski and the tails are still back there in the bumps, even if they are not on the snow.  At your weight you are probably right on the line between 180 and 190s.  I have run into a few people your size loving the 190s where they had room to move and were blasting through crud or slush, but for tight work I would think that length is a lot of ski for a guy your size, although once you figure them out they are surprisingly nimble considering for how big and heavy they are.  Hope that is of some help.  MF

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Reading all this, 182 it will be. Thanks all, you confirmed my own thoughts.

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182's the call.
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