atomic nomad blackeye
I skiied Mt. Bachelor over spring break.
Demo'd the B5- too heavy, not versatile enough for me.
I'm 53, female, post several knee surgeries, former club racer all mountain advanced.
Got a hot tip on the lift from a ski shop owner who suggested I demo the Atomic Nomad
Blackeye-fortunately the rep had forgotten to pick them up from the shop.
I got them for a day-and wanted to run away with them.
I skiied all day with the teenagers- took off into blinding fog with confidence-if you're a seasoned skiier, you can ski blind by feel with these guys.
Made long gs turns and short turns with ease.
One run started at the top with windblown sugar over boilerplate, to narrow firm eastcoast type of trail, to intermittent shadows with spring corn in the the sun ( Atkinson's Zoom for those in the know).
We skiied this run practically non stop to the lift and I could shift gears and technique with incredible ease.
The shop let me ski them for free the next day.
We had fresh snow the next day- Cascade concrete light Spring variety- no problem.
I haven't tried the Crimson- other than price, I'm wondering what the real difference is supposed to be. If the Crimson is supposed to ski the same, only a notch above for better skiiers, that's where I'll go.
But if the Blackeye is better at smaller turns for those tight trails, then the Blackeye it is, since it's turning radius and stability (torsion stiff) at speed at 170 cm is even good enough for Nastar racers (if you can find a mountain that still has Nastar races).