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post #1 of 11
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If your familiar with the 2007-2008 Atomics (previous year models). I'm looking for a short ski around 160cm (155-165).

I'm an advanced to expert skier about 6'-0 and 175lbs. I ski everything and anything. Typically ski on hard packed groomed but ride glades and moguls when they're there! I want a ski that will do everything from short radius turns with my knees on the ground to longer carving turns.

Something that's hard enough with good torsion control to really carve yet soft enough to just ski relaxed on and have the edge hold without driving them through the turns. A softer tip would also be nice for those quick mogul and glade turns.

I'm rarely in powder so something with a 65-71mm waist is good and turning radius of 11-15m.

I'd like to pick up set of atomics, preferable last years models or the year before so I'd really like your recommendations.

Mid to upper price range and a power plate (or riser plate or whatever their called) would be sweet!

Thanks a lot and happy skiing
post #2 of 11
youre 6 foot and 175 and you want to do long carving turns on a 160cm ski? yikes...

one way or the other, id say sx12 pb...the ski was the same last year and the year before...just a cosmetic change..its not exactly as you describe what youre looking for (no ski is) but itll probably be the best compromise youll find
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by broad View Post
youre 6 foot and 175 and you want to do long carving turns on a 160cm ski?
Preferably a ski that will still hold a nice turn when not heavily on edge. Some reviews suggested the Atomic ST11 is bad for this (It tends to like short tight turns - read on ski-review.com).


Thanks for the suggestion with the SX12. This ski is one of the supercross series skis and I like that it has strong torsion resistance but I think it might be too stiff especially in the toe for moguls and glades. You're right I think it'd make a great carver just a little too ridgid for me. It also has a wider than normal heel so I'm not sure what to think of that.
post #4 of 11
where do you ski at?
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by lamar_air View Post
Preferably a ski that will still hold a nice turn when not heavily on edge. Some reviews suggested the Atomic ST11 is bad for this (It tends to like short tight turns - read on ski-review.com).


Thanks for the suggestion with the SX12. This ski is one of the supercross series skis and I like that it has strong torsion resistance but I think it might be too stiff especially in the toe for moguls and glades. You're right I think it'd make a great carver just a little too ridgid for me. It also has a wider than normal heel so I'm not sure what to think of that.
You're right. SX12's cannot be skied in the bumps. They don't like it, and you won't like what they do when they rebel.
post #6 of 11
I mean you have to ski in europe on skis that short..right?
post #7 of 11
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You're right. SX12's cannot be skied in the bumps. They don't like it, and you won't like what they do when they rebel.
Well you can ski these in bumps, I have for two years. In hard and soft pack. In order to so, you need to be in full control and on top of the ski, sit back, and you're done! Remember they have metal in them, hit the bump the wrong way and they will be toast.

Stupid me, I took these out to Alta/Snowbird late Feb. last season and there was lot's of powder around. I must admit, I had tons of fun on my SX12's. Sure, I stood out like an idiot, but I didn't feel I needed to run out and rent fat skis. I guess I will next time.

I heard the Crimson Ti's might be a great ski, maybe a better fit for you.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Almost all of my skiing is in Ontario and Quebec. Tremblant mainly.

Thanks for the great feedback on the sx12's 2-turn.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendation on the crimson ti's soundrulz. That ski is really wide so I don't think its the right thing for me since i'm very rarely in powder. I really appreciate your suggestions
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by lamar_air View Post
Thanks for the recommendation on the crimson ti's soundrulz. That ski is really wide so I don't think its the right thing for me since i'm very rarely in powder. I really appreciate your suggestions
You may be right, but I think it would be a good compromise. Ski tests loved it for edge to edge turns and excellent hold on hard pack.

Not sure about bumps...
post #11 of 11
I have both the 06 atomic sx-10 and the sl-11. I am an advanced skiier in MN which is primarily ice or firm groomer. I also have atomic 9.16, rossi scratch fs and gotamas for out west. I am of similar stature to you as well, 6'0" 175.

As for the atomics in bumps they do not fair well, unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Even then, they are not pleasurable. I would rather take my rossi scratch fs 178s (80 waist) through bumps. I find the sx10, a step down from the sl11, to be a beast in the bumps, and they railroad very well in pure ice. They don't give off as much energy as the sl-11, by far superior, but are not bad. I have them in 160s, and use them while not racing. I'm not sure I'd recommend the sx11 if you want a good bump ski. try the sx10s or god-forbid the sx9 -- may be too whimpy though. I'd recommend them in 165cm length.

Good luck
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