Well, initially I was considering the R:10, but someone told me it would a special order for him and that it is now listed as a ladies ski (???). I didn't think this was true. I read somewhere that Atomic softened up the R:10 (as compared to the Ride 10). I don't know if this is true though.
|Originally posted by lemmy999:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Utah49:
The R:11 is a stiff ski You may want to set your sights on the R:10 From what you have said here The R:10 might be a better ski for you or even The R:9. The R:9 is the best in the bumps of all the Atomics listed here. All the Atomics have great grip on the Hard snow. By the way I have The R:11,R:10 and R:922 (now the R:9) listed for sale in the ski swap forum. All mounted with the 412 Binding.
</font>[/quote]Ladies ski! I'd run, not walk, away from that ski shop. First of all; while there are some small number of women specific skis on the market that change the mount point and take into consideration the "usually" less weight of the skier, the Atomic R:10 is not one of those - and most aggressive women skiers don't opt for those and most ski manufactures don't go that route, as it's usually just a marketing ploy anyway . Second; from your post, you havn't told us whether your a women or a man, but I gather from the ski shop persons commment that your a man, and he was trying to say "it's a ladies ski, you don't want that, don't make me special order it, just be a man an buy what I have" - bull -- not only insulting to the ladies, but to you too. I know several "ladies" that can out ski 98% of the men out there. Third: I find it more than a little interesting, that every year a new ski comes out from any given manufacturer with a bigger number, bigger stats, new ingredients, etc... the king ski from last year is all of a sudden relegated to the intermediate level as the new model ascends to the expert level catagory - you see this in ski mags reviews all the time.
Ok now that that rant is over:
I'm about your size, 5'11'' 173 lbs, while I know there are better skiers out there, I like to consider myself at the expert level; I ski everything all over out west, and east coast, and I club race too.
I've skied last years 11:20 and 10:20 beta ride and I own and love my 10:20 beta rides of a few years ago. I also own and still ski and love some 3-4 year old 9.20 beta rides, they were the carbon version of the original 10.20 beta rides, softer, but still had the integrated charger lifter plate, unlike the most recent crop of 9.20s. All these skis, I would consider expert level skis. I also have 2 pairs last years 9.22's, one mounted alpine, one monted tele, and love these for all mountain use and off piste. So I'm a ski nut, I can't help myself. My girlfrind is on the 10.20s of a few years ago the titainium ones.
Ok, why I'm I telling you this? to help you make a decision; of course, you should demo if you can.
You mentioned you live in the south and you also mentioned ice, but where to you ski? Do you ski out west on ski trips? East coast? or south east, like North Carolina?
The R:11 is a rippin on piste machine, this is the ski you want if your gona whale the whole mountain on piste, esp. east coast ice. It can be taken off piste too, and will bust through crud like no ones business, but it's stiffness will be work in powder and bumps.
The R:10, same as R:11, you really won't notice much difference unless your braking the sound barrier through refrozen piste with death cookies. All these skis are torsionally ridgid, but the r:10 and the 9.22 are longitudially softer, so bumps and powder may be more fun.
9.22 or R9 is an all mountain expert ski. This ski will take you front side and back side. It will hold great on ice, but not as good as R:10 or R:11. The R:10 and R:11 will carve better with the integrated charger plate. The 9.22 or R:9 is more of a finesse ski, it's like a sports car, compared to the r:11 being a muscle car. It will do better in the bumps than the other two.
It is lighter also.
So you need to ask your self; where do you ski mostly, what conditions do you usually ski in, how to you like to ski, etc... and demo if you can.
Hope this helps