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Latecoming Atomic Snoop Daddy Review

post #1 of 5
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OK, I know it's late in both the season and the product cycle, but I'll throw my opinions and observations in on the Snoop Daddy.........

Me: 56 yrs old 5'10" 185-190 lbs. Skiing for 26 yrs. Advanced/low expert (who knows!!) Podium beer league racer (in age group), non-DFL Masters racer (started racing at age 50). Some days I think I'm pretty good, other days I should be wearing an "I suck" T shirt. Home mountain-Bristol in Upstate NY. Average about 70 days per year.

Ski: Atomic Snoop Daddy 174cm 127-88-111 20.5 radius/ Atomic Neox 412 bindings
Other skis owned: Atomic GS12PB 175 (cheater GS), Atomic SL11 164, Fischer AMC 76 170.

I picked these skis up last summer when Sierra Jim had his giant blowout sale at the end of July. I had a set of Neox 412s I'd grabbed for $35.00 when Dick's Sporting Goods ran a clearence center for a few weeks in Rochester, so I was all set. Got 'em mounted up in early December and with some early natural snow was able to test their capabilities.

At first I was not sure how well I liked them. I had used the Fischer AMC as my "everyday" ski and had trouble carving the Snoops at low speed. Once I widened my stance and skied them more like a GS ski rather than a short radius carver I had no problems. They've become my day to day ski-the Fischers are gathering dust in my locker.

At this point in the season, I've used them in about every kind of condtion we've gotten, from soft groomed to thawed and frozen ungroomed and have been very happy with the perfomance. Edge hold is great for a light and wide ski and I have no hesitation about taking them anywhere. I finally got a chance to use them in real snow last week in Montana (up to about knee high) and they went right through(can't say I'm a great powder skier). They will get knocked around in broken snow and crud, but if ya put 'em on edge they cut through fine. Mogul perfomance is good-the soft shovels help, but the fairly stiff tail will remind you that you're in the back seat. I can't wait to get them in the mushy spring snow we should have in the next few weeks. All in all, I'm very pleased with the ski-it covers the eastern midfat with western capability category perfectly.BTW, I even raced NASTAR with them at Moonlight Basin and did OK

I didn't do much demoing this year, but did get a chance to try some similar skis. I tried Phil's Hart Scarabs in 176 at the Holimont gathering-damper with a softer flex but not the edge hold of the Snoops. I made a couple of runs on the Atomic Nomad Crimsons in 176 from the Bristol demo center-the feel was very similar with slightly better edge hold and faster turning (the radius is smaller) but not enough different to warrant a change. One of my buddies rented a pair of 177 Mantras last week in Montana and I switched with him for a couple of runs. The Mantras were better crud busters, but felt heavy and "planky" compared to the Snoops.

I've heard thru the grapevine that next year's Snoop Daddys will be 94 underfoot with straight sidewalls. As I seem to have become a real Atomic fan, I'll be anxious to give them a try.

Certainly anyone looking for this type of ski should consider the Snoop Daddys. It's bargain time, so keep your eyes open. For what I have in the package-around $300.00 total, I'd have to say it's one of the best deals I've gotten on skis.
post #2 of 5
I didnt like the snoops. They were great in pow & bumps, but their light construction really shows when it gets tossed around in the crud. Also I thought they skied shorter than their actual length. Maybe I would have felt differently if I skied the next size up. Prefer the im88's
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Originally Posted by wizard View Post
I didnt like the snoops. They were great in pow & bumps, but their light construction really shows when it gets tossed around in the crud. Also I thought they skied shorter than their actual length. Maybe I would have felt differently if I skied the next size up. Prefer the im88's
I was going to write the same thing!
post #4 of 5
Demo'd the 185 cm Snoops over the weekend.

Me: 6'0" and 160 lbs
Advanced/Expert Skier - 34 yrs skiing

Conditions were wet tracked pow, crud and soft groomers.

These are very light skis. The tip seems a bit on the stiff side. They got pushed around in the crud. They didn't seem to float over or cut through the heavy PNW cut up and tracked out pow. (About 8"-10") I only did one run on them.

Was not impressed with this ski.
post #5 of 5
interesting....
I LOVE this ski- I think it is the most versatile thing I have ever been on. I have yet to find conditions in which it didn't excel for me. Maybe this has something to do with my very light weight (me: 54, advanced, ski mostly in CO, 130lbs, 5'8"), but I haven't used anything else since taking them out this season (except my AT skis). When I was in Zermatt 2 weeks ago I spent one day on the AC3's on the hardpacked pistes and felt I had no control over them at all and couldn't get forward; the next day off piste in new snow on the Nomad (Crimsons? about 79mm waist) was OK, but nothing like the Snoops. I thought the tip was softer than my previous ski (R:ex) and much softer than the Volkls.
I find that on the groomed, powder, crud, bumps the Snoops perform better than any thing I have tried yet.
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