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Atomic skis: what do numbers mean?

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Can anyone tell me what the numbers mean on (approximately 10 years old) Atomic skis?  For example, a slalom ski marked Beta Race SL 9.12.  It looks like 12 is the sidecut radius in m, but what is the 9?  There are also SL 11.12 skis.  How would these differ from the SL 9.12 ones?

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The SL 11.12s are two more than the 9.12s. They go to 11!

Sorry - couldn't resist the Spinal Tap setup there...
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The 9 is softer and more compliant than the 11.

EDIT: Generally the stiffer less forgiving higher performance (on the right feet) ski has the higher number.

The 12 replaced the 11, so they had to give it a higher number, just to send the message to buy it as the "better" ski.  


Edited by Ghost - 10/9/15 at 11:30pm
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Originally Posted by Ghost View PostThe 9 is softer and more compliant than the 11...

Thanks for the info Ghost.  Is it possible to recommend which would be more suitable for a 190 lb. male beginning recreational racer on his second season of slalom training?

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Originally Posted by Dino View Post... They go to 11! ...

LOL :-)

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Originally Posted by Ghost View PostThe 9 is softer and more compliant than the 11...

Thanks for the info Ghost.  Is it possible to recommend which would be more suitable for a 190 lb. male beginning recreational racer on his second season of slalom training?

 

A more recent offering from Atomic and/or any other ski manufacturers may be a better bet. 

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Originally Posted by Ghost View PostThe 9 is softer and more compliant than the 11...

Thanks for the info Ghost.  Is it possible to recommend which would be more suitable for a 190 lb. male beginning recreational racer on his second season of slalom training?

 

A more recent offering from Atomic and/or any other ski manufacturers may be a better bet. 


Or a Fischer WC SL:D or a Head WC SL RD or a Nordica.....

 

Of the two you listed I would say the 11 is more suited.

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