Took a pair of these brand new Atomic Masters GS racing skis to a competition last weekend. Season is ending and courses are soft and ruts are deep but still the Atomic performed well. They were off the shelf demo skis and I had no time to tune them exactly the way I usually do. Still I took off some side wall to get the edges reasonably sharp and waxed with HF. The bindings were the X16.
I'm not really familiar with GS ski's specs but seems most GS skis nowadays are wider than the old GS skis and the current SL skis. This ski has a waist of 67,5. Gives the ski a rigid feel and nice platforming against the snow. I also have a big ski boot, size 29/332mm, so its wider than most other racers. The wider waist of the ski plays in my favour. I usually always raise the binding to 5mm over FIS legal to compensate for the wider boot. I'm not skiing FIS events so no problem with officials.
The side cut specs on the ski's are 105/67,5/89. The stiffness of this particular pair vas 38/39. Don't know what that means. A fellow competitor said it was much softer than his own read colour Atomic GS skis.
This ski is super smooth. It bends nicely into the turns and holds well against hard snow. It absorbs uneven snow surface well and has a very good edge grip. As with all GS racing skis it doesn't really start to turn before its tipped quite a lot. When freeskiing the turn radius grows rapidly if you don't manage to end the turns across the hill enough requiring no crowds and a wide pist. On the course they were easy to ski on and did not cause any sudden surprises other than turning much sharper than I was prepared for in my second run when the course was salted and the surface much smoother. I could have taken a straighter line.
All in all, a great ski. Trying to get to one more event this season to test them out. If I do I will keep you updated.
Note, this ski also comes in a shorter 176cm length with a slightly tighter radius at 21m.