I've been skiing on 170 cm Atomic Carve 9:20's (I know, in the US these are 9:18's) - these are Euro '02 models and the diff is that they have a hyper carbon profile like the Race SL's. Anyway, I've got the 170s and I've really liked them the last two seasons except for one thing. When I got them, I was getting back into skiing now that my kids are old enough after about 15 years off. I'm now finding as my skiing comes back and I'm getting used to the new style skis that these are too soft. When I really get going on steep hardpack (even on some blues) they don't hold the line real well, even though I really like their quickness. I tried the SX11 170 last weekend. What a ski! Got thrown into the backseat once when I got too tentative early in the day in some choppy snow and did a less than graceful 360 with face plant! By the end of the day I was ripping linked long and short arcs at some pretty good speed all over the mountain. My question to all you experts out there who know Atomics is this: I really liked the SX11's - is there another model I should look at hard, and at what lengths? (BTW, I'm 6' and 170 lbs and still reasonably athletic - ex Div 1-level lax player not gone too much to seed). Thanks.
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3/18/03 at 7:54pm