I am 6'6", 230 lbs, age 40 and skied a lot of years. Skiing style very aggressive when injuries allow. Previous dislocated and snapped off left hip still on natural arthritic bone, left frozen knee, left torn shoulder and some back issues. Entire left side body shot and stiff at times. When injuries warm and up and and start functioning sporadically I can still ski pretty well and aggressive again. I have good days and bad days on skis. The more I ski aggressive I have noticed tons of increased inflammation starts to set in quickly in bad hip and and knee which is not good since I really like to ski a lot.
I picked up a barely used 188cm Atomic Vantage 100 CTI for a really give away price I could not walk away from. I was aiming slightly more for the Motive 95ti but 100CTI was also on my radar being light weight and with its big wide shovel to see how I would ski on lighter ski with my injuries.
Pros: Fun, stable, snappy, agile, versatile, playful, low swing weight, very light, easy and extremely quick to edge. Rocker tips and tails I don't notice any vague or disconnect feelings, Big tip easy to engage and it engages quick. I don't notice the tip taper at all. Can pressure the ski well and not fold. Ski gets very serious and aggressive when pressuring the front of ski and takes off like a bat out of hell on good conditions. Carves amazing like on auto pilot so smooth and transitions really nice. The more aggressive I got on the ski the bigger my smile got. If I wanted to go slow and goof off on small lips to play and catch small air on it was fun and easy. Ski likes being in air and easy to position with low swing weight exactly where needs to be. Very forgiving ski. I didn't want to get off this ski at times and just kept smiling. Turns short, medium and large all really good. Could easily put intermediate on this ski up through advance. I have a feeling a lighter weight skier to someone my size able to probably ski this ski well. Tolerates lots of styles. I have not skied it in trees yet but I think it would be really quick and good with its low swing weight, taper, small rocker tip and tail. I am pissed I did not drive out of state this weekend to catch the storm on Saturday that dumped a lot of snow I really wanted to test 100 CTI out in some fresh and have a feeling it will be really good. I have been feeling a little under the weather and took nasty fall on bad hip few days ago but still should have sucked it up for that big eastern fresh dump and skied sick and sore which I usually do but oh well.
Cons: Light weight can get bounced off crud and feel like going to fly off trail coming over rollers if I am not paying attention since feels light as a feather need to keep some pressure on them. Ice gets lots of carbonish feeling on real eastern pack conditions. Ice make sure to get aggressive quickly and put some shin pressure on boot and ski but ski does seem to grip when start pressuring. Skis short so size up!!! Not sure 100 CTI ski would be my first pick on really bad conditions but I could still get around on this ski but probably have to take more careful approach.
Overall my injuries love the low weight and low swing weight of Vantage 100 CTI ski even on bad skiing joint day. It does not bother me to ride lifts since ski weight so low. Big tip easy to initiate with injury. Very low swing weight easy for me to correct in air with injury. My height its nice to be back on a 188cm ski. Size up on this ski its very easy and light weight and not at all demanding but very capable of being serious in dam good way. Ski rocks my world when conditions good!!! I could see experiencing chatter with lot of ice or ultra hard conditions at high speeds on this ski with all its carbon light weight. I have not experienced any chatter yet and did not care for carbonish feeling on icy pack conditions and switched out to Salomon X-Drive 8.8 for those conditions. The 100 CTI appears to have more grip on the really hard pack than I thought it would have maybe its just the feeling I am not used to on ice since its not a damp ski at all. I also have previous Nordica Enforcer in 185cm with lightning bolt graphics and tip rocker. The Enforcer really good ski but the weight riding up lifts is killing my bad side not in good way. The Enforcer has awesome flex pattern, great on ice, packed or nasty mixed conditions. Enforcer much more bulldozer tank through crud and wanting to stay glued to ground over rollers. Enforcer good in trees as long as its got some fresh snow with its fat square tail. 100 CTI tail is way more versatile than Enforcer fat square tail. I do notice Enforcer vague rockered tip on packed conditions when upright compared to 100 CTI. I wished Atomic made the 100 CTI in two versions light weight and middle weight ski or touch more dampness and this could be a really awesome ski. The other ski I was thinking about was Fischer Motive 95ti which may be a good middle weight ski and handle ice or ultra hard pack conditions maybe a little better and it could be touch more damp than 100 CTI but not sure. It could be I just need to get used to the feeling of the 100 CTI in those hard eastern conditions because the GRIP felt like it was there! Its nice at my height to have 188cm length for playing around in small air with longer touch down length for landing. I can ski longer on lighter skis where as heavier Enforcer finishes my joint off earlier I have noticed. There are always going to be Pro's and Con's to ski weight and both are good to have in different conditions. I see a plus side to middle weight skis trying to keep qualities of both skis kind of like mountain bikes doing 650b 27.5 trying to get both qualities of 26 and 29er.