Originally Posted by csavage
Since I'm new here, I'm going to toss my newbie card and ask-what's up with all the hatin' on Atomic skis?
Not that I'm going to ditch my skis, I love them, but my final decision was between them and Salomons (not Xscreams) and I want to know why owning them qualifies me as a gaper-I mean, even Bode loved Atomics before he decided they "sucked"...
first let me say that the wood core skis they are making, Snoop. Pimp, Thug, Bent Chentler IMO are amoung the best skiing freeskis on the hill. the negative reviews that the snoop has been getting over here is mostly from people who just arent strong enough or fast enough to ski it IMO.
Over on TGR youd be hard pressed to find a negative review on any of them but the bent chentler(which I cant comment on havent skied it).
the issue with atomic skis are this and it also has to do with the cap foam core skis they make. which is the majority of the skis.
edge quality is subject at best, the only cap atomics which the edge held up fine that I have owned were my snoops(the old cap ones). I have had SL9s, Metron and 2 pairs of Sugar Daddy which all ended thier skiing life due to cracked edge. Sure I hit rocks, but I hit rocks on my Mantras, Public Enemy, and Atomic Thugs which all have held up fine. MY gotamas took tons of hits but finally died on a landing on to rocks. Id rather have a ski that you don have to be concerned with thin cover.
foam cores tend break down faster and not last as long as wood. Atomic generally seems better than the old Solly and Rossis in this regard though, but not as good as the wood core skis.
thier cap construction tends to produce a very grabby, aggresive hard snow ski. Its actaully amoung the best in industry for edge grip, but they tend to be hard to control off trail due to grabiness.
they arent bad skis for some people but I ll never buy a cap constructed atomic because I am sure to break it.