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Review: 2010 Atomic Doubledeck Race GS (retail version)

post #1 of 12
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Got a chance to take a pair of next year's retail GS for a run through the NASTAR course.

 

Me: Sr. citizen, short, heavy, night league regular, sometimes Platinum-level racer.

 

Ski: 174 cm 2010 Atomic Doubledeck Race GS (retail version); radius was marked 17.8, I beleive.

 

Conditions: warm, softish; harder-pack in course - not really full eastern ice, though.

 

Ski was "heavy and flat-on-the-snow feeling" - quite damp, I thought, and very stable for a 174.  Carved precise turns down to the course.  Absolutely no slippage in course; it goes right where you want and sucks up ruts.  I felt like they were hooking up a bit too much (that slow, too-much-in-control feeling), but that was not the case according to the clock - pretty much the same as my Stockli GS 184s that I ran through first.  Not sure I would buy this as a dedicated race ski as I like to feel a bit more "action" under my feet. 

 

Recommendation: If someone wanted to be serious about NASTAR or league racing but only have one ski in the quiver, this would be a good choice for race and free-skiing big and medium turns in eastern conditions (except moguls).  I'm sure I could learn to be happy on it.

 

 

 


Edited by NE1 - 2/26/2009 at 07:05 pm
post #2 of 12

Did they feel very different to 'normal' skis?

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Did they feel very different to 'normal' skis?


 

Not at all.  I don't think they are the "cut" version of D2 that "splits" - just the "flex" technology; yet another way to dampen the ride.

 

post #4 of 12

Are these replacing the GS-12 PB "cheater" GS? If so, I'll try and get hold of a pair to try.

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Are these replacing the GS-12 PB "cheater" GS? If so, I'll try and get hold of a pair to try.


 

Yes.

post #6 of 12

A good buddy of mine got a chance to free ski them yesterday and he was very impressed (this is a guy who owns about 10 pairs of skis)-impressed enough to think about buying them.

 

Any more info available about them on the web?

post #7 of 12

One of our contacts in Eu has stated flatly that the Atomic GS skis in w/c use at this time are 90% DD but that the SL skis are not. The 2010 race catalog shows all FIS and Non FIS GS skis as being DD construction. Speed and SL skis are not.

 

Apparently the DD is the real deal for GS and we are ordering accordingly for our buy of Atomic Race stuff.

 

SJ

post #8 of 12

I skied these at the trade show. One of the few skis I took out for more than my "typical" test time. the Vario sidecut is another fun ski. 

post #9 of 12

i skied the d2 retail slalom ski a few weeks ago...it was incredible. the most fun slalom ski i think ive ever tried 

post #10 of 12

Re the d2 Slalom ski what length did you try and from what you state worth waiting for them to be released, rather as buying an '09 model?

post #11 of 12

I'm dieing to try them out.  I demo'd a prototype version about nine or so years ago before Atomic bought the design patent from the Fels brothers (from the defunct Fels ski company).  It's a bit slicker looking now, but the same basic design.  At the time, they were subcontracting the construction of their Trinetic skis to Atomic, and Atomic saw a good thing when they came up with the double deck concept.

 

The original concept was for the flex characteristics to be dialed into the upper deck, and the bottom deck to be easily interchanged if you wanted to alter turn performance with a different sidecut, or change the base for different snow conditions when racing.  Imagine that... you show up on race day and decide you want a base with different structure or wax.  Rather than needing several sets of skis and bindings, you could get additional bottom decks that could be instantly changed out, at a fraction of the cost of a full set of skis and bindings.  I haven't heard if Atomic is offering that option to the public.

post #12 of 12

Yes the Atomic ski is like the Fels from 1999.

 

I will enjoy skiing on them.

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