From my post on another forum about last year's 10.20s:
I agree with the comments on the 10.20. I love this ski. I just turned to a true parabolic ski last winter, and loved every minute of it. I weigh around 135 and got the 180. Perfect length for my weight and style. I tried the 190 that a buddy was demoing in March, and it was too much ski.
The Atomics excel at everything that I've been on in the past year in VT mostly, and CO. Great hold on ice, good float in chop, awesome at speed, and not bad in powder.
They suck you into buying the Atomic binding too, but I actually played around with the fore/aft adjustment a bit and you really can feel the difference.
They're not too bad in the bumps either, for suck a stiff ski. Our March in VT last year was epic, and I was having the most fun in steep bumps with 9" of powder on top.
Great ski for a strong skier who can work the ski throughout the entire turn. If you pressure the tail upon exit, they'll actually launch you into the air towards your next turn. Did I say how sick they are at Mach 9?"
More of what I found from my ramblings last year:
"I just got the 10.20s in a 180, and I weigh 135lbs.. As I understand it, the "20" stands for the number of meters of arc the ski will carve...so length does not matter. The ski will still carve a 20m arc if you get the 170 or the 180.
I too am a very strong skier that likes to go fast. You really need to be on top of these skis all the time. If you stray, they'll bite. But I love them anyway. I find that with the length I have(180, but the 170 was recommended for me too) I need a bit of speed to properly flex the ski, but this is where all the fun begins. They have a very strong turn exit, and if you get back on them, they'll shoot you into the next turn.
They are not, however, good at going straight while not on edge. They wander and try to play games with you, so always keep'em on a slight edge. They don't have the damping at speed that my old Merlin V's did, but I've only been on these for 7 days now."
Do a search on my screen name for more Atomic 10.20 comments.
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