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2004 Atomics R:EX and SL9

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A local shop in my neck of the woods has a few left over pairs of these two atomic models from 2004 at a great price...

1. How's the R:EX as an all mountain ski...is it a real step down from this years M:EX (which are also on sale)? Bumps on the R;EX or now way (I'm a round turner, not a zipper ripper)?

2. Peter Keelty always raves about the SL 9 (and yes, I'm an east coaster who gets out west for two-weeks a year) and it's versatility-but I've never seen anyone on them nor do I hear any buzz about them-anyone out there using them-what are your thoughts?


oh yeah, nano technology in future atomics...what's that all about??
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Don't know how the 2004 R:EX compares to the MEX or the SL9, but it is a suprisingly good "all mountain" ski for having a 84mm waist and a rather shallow sidecut and long turning radius. I think they ski very well in the bumps (I too am a round turner). Provided that you get the right length, they do not have much kick from the tails, which makes them a fairly easy ski in the bumps.

I just skied mine yesterday at Taos where the entire mountain had melted and refroze. The bumps were really, really hard, and the R:EXs did as well as anything else I have ever skied in those conditions. They hold for high speed carving on hard snow, and they also are a very good powder and crud ski, although I think the tips are a little too low profile.

I have seen them described as "tanks" on this site, but I find them a very agile ski. I am a big guy and don't like real shapey skis because I tend to over ski them. The R:EXs have a big sweet spot, and I think the wider waist lets you go a little shorter in length.
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Don't really know much about the R:ex or M:ex, but I have a pair of 03/04 SL:9's, and they're a ton of fun. They're great on any sort of hard pack, ice or corduroy. Great high performance carver, you can really carve out any turn shape you want, from a super tight slalom to a big open GS turn. They're alright in softer and heavier snow, but they're really a slalom carver, so best on harder stuff.
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I've been on the 2004 SL9 as my ski for all of this season (90% east). I too was seduced by price and you will find fans on Epic. Terrific fun carver that has contributed to improvement in my technique. I'd say that big GS turns at very high speed are a bit of an adventure - I think they have a speed limit, or I do. Fine for bumps too. I really like them after a snowfall for bounding around as they are quick and have nice energy. I've yet to try anything more than boot top snow.
All in all, I'm happy with them - sprightly energetic ski, not a muscle/power ski. I do intend to add a fatter, longer turning ski to the quiver.
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I have the 10EX in 177cm, not a bump ski here in the East. I have skied it at Whistler/Blackcomb back 3 years ago. It was fine in the big open bumps out there. I'm thinking about selling mine. I don't use them enough here in the East. It likes to make big turns. It's fine out in the open but can be work in tight spaces.
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I got the SL9 and M:Ex this season to constitute a real 'quiver' in addition to the SX9 I was skiing last season. (and sold the R11)

The SL9 is a LOT of fun! Carving medium radius turns with these skis feel awesome, and they're pretty good in bumps too. (I'm not a zipperline person, either.)
For high speed GS turns, longer skis with less sidecut are definitely better, but you can still manage. Anyway, that's not what these skis are made for.

I find that they're not that good for 'lazy' skiing, as they get squirrely if I'm not turning, but I have the longer and less shapely SX9 for those kind of days. (And also for days where I want to rip longer arcs all day.)

I can't comment on the R:ex as the only one I've tried was way too long for me due to availability, but my M:ex is great for the west coast. I can carve medium-long arcs on groomed runs, tackle soft bumps pretty well with them in addition to the crud and powder they are designed for. But even in Tahoe, I usually take out the SL9 unless there's a lot of soft snow to be had, so I would recommend the SL9 over the R:ex for an East coast skier.
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I have not skied the M anything, but use the R:ex most days (also have a pair of Fischer RC4 WC sc's) The R:ex's are great in almost anything out here in the west; I can't say how they would be for eastern conditions when it is really icy, but they have fantastic edge hold, and are surprisingly nimble for relatively fat skis (84mm). They excel in the back bowls when the snow is cut up. How cheap is cheap and what sizes does he have in stock?
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I ski the sl9 160 almost every day. Live and ski out west. Have used them in powder, hardpack, bumps, trees. They are quick and more forgiving than given credit for. Great ski. I'm 5'9 135-140 lbs. I haven't heard any negative comments from those skiing on them
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Atomic Ski introduces the idea of modern day science to its newest line - the Atomic Izor. Geared toward the intermediate skier who likes to carve, the Izor model is comprised of nano-enhanced materials which can be up to 50 times stronger and lighter than steel. Nanotechnology allows for the same ski construction throughout each models, but depending on the molecular mix, the flex and torsion of each ski is regulated for different performance characteristics. "Simply put, Nanoframe skis perform better and last longer," commented Matt Miller, vice president of marketing for Atomic Ski. "No wonder the next big thing in skiing is small." (mid-way down the article)

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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input, guys (and gals...if that applies to any of you )

1. Paulwlee-what you say about these two skis constituting a "real quiver" is dead on and exactly what I'm after-Funny, but it was during a trip to Summit county (at A-Basin Precisely) a few weeks ago I began to ruminate about the possible effectiveness of a super carvy super slalom. So I'm glad to hear the ski combo has been effective for you.

2. The general thumbs up for the sl9 in most western conditions from this crew has pretty much sealed the deal ('sides, I like making short snappy controlled turns most of the time!).

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