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Atomic Access, sleeper ski?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Been looking around at 100-105 ski's moderate tip no tail rocker wth some camber for leftover days and versitle travel ski. I might set it up for touring.  The Access seems to be an ideal ski on paper. Ski canada raved over it and there are a couple of very positive reviews over on TGR as well as some on line shop reviews that are postive. Anyone test this? 130-100-121 in a 181

 

BTW- if you want to see a backdoor page to Ski canada's bg mountain ski reviews,  here ya' go

 

http://www.skicanadamag.com/Gear/Test/2011/BM.html

 

 

post #2 of 22
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

thanks Jim, I actually looked at your post before but missed it.  I see you felt it got somewhat deflected in chalky stuff, was this thin layer  over buffed/ packed out stuff?  more of the stuff i would ski the mx88's on?  what do you suggest for this kind of ski ^^^

 

access

shoguns

line 100's

4FRNT TURBOS

sidestSh (although a little wider than I was looking)

 

 

I wont ask about indies :)

post #4 of 22

I felt that the Access was not enough ski in calf deep broken and mixed (scrambled eggs??) conditions. The tip rise is not moderate at all...it is quite pronounced. It was really a very fun ski but just not long enough. The Line P-100 is a great baseline but in this width range, I'd go for a more playful ski like a Shogun 182, Slicer 181, Coax 183 or mebbeso a "One" in 184.

 

SJ

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

thanks! the search funtion is not showing any reivews on the coax, in a general search on this www thing, doesnt have a lot of info on the coax that's overly positive, did you post a review?  Ones and slicers sound interesting but the doubel rocker thing on skis like this don't seem to be my preference. I would prefer not to have the tail rocker (or very slight) for better performance on variable and steeps. I aslo want to be able to put some the F12's for short hikes.


Edited by Finndog - 9/23/10 at 4:06am
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

looks like the Shogun is really a no-brainer.

post #7 of 22

"If I only had a brain........................."

 

SJ

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey that's my mantra,,, err, bad choice of words....

 

Since I am avoiding the realities of work today, did you test either the new Kung Fujas or the new Blend?

post #9 of 22

I've skied the Blend but not the Fujas. I didn't give either a great amount of time because my extended testing posse and I felt that both brands had better all around choices for the width range in question.

 

SJ

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 

fair enough.... thanks

post #11 of 22

My husband picked up the Atomic Access to demo tomorrow up at Solitude.  We're expecting up to 13" during the day and he's looking for a pair of powder skis.  A perfect day to play with the Access.  Normally, he snowboards but he wants to add a pair of skis to his quiver.   I'll let you guys know what he thinks after a full day on them.

post #12 of 22

Hit Solitude early last week for the big storm and my wife took out her Atomic Century's, which are the women's version of the Access (identical dimensions), for the first time.  The snow was deep and mostly soft, and she absolutely loved them.  She is coming off 10 years on Volant Chubbs as her deep snow ski, so she likes a solid ride. She found the Centurys very nimble and stable, even on wind worked, tracked, and avi debris snow.  No issues at all carving on the groomers. She has yet to try them in any serious crud, but I can attest that with 13" at Solitude the Access will probably rock.

 

They just opened Honeycomb Canyon yesterday for the first time this year, so 13" new on top of that should be a little bit of heaven.

post #13 of 22

Just got back from Solitude and we didn't get 13" today but the snow was awesome.  There was maybe 4-5" of fresh powder on top of the groomed run, deeper elsewhere.  My husband LOVED the Atomic Access skis.  Said they were hard charging through the choppy bits, floated in powder, the faster he went the better they got.  He had a blast on them and is seriously thinking about buying them.  He skied the 181s and is 6'1" and 138lbs (that is not a typo).  The only thing I am concerned about with that ski is the turn radius is 20m which seems awfully huge for a one quiver ski.  Granted, he'll likely only ski on deep powder days, preferring to snowboard on all others, but....that's my only concern.  He adored them.

 

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by slcbelle View Post

Just got back from Solitude and we didn't get 13" today but the snow was awesome.  There was maybe 4-5" of fresh powder on top of the groomed run, deeper elsewhere.  My husband LOVED the Atomic Access skis.  Said they were hard charging through the choppy bits, floated in powder, the faster he went the better they got.  He had a blast on them and is seriously thinking about buying them.  He skied the 181s and is 6'1" and 138lbs (that is not a typo).  The only thing I am concerned about with that ski is the turn radius is 20m which seems awfully huge for a one quiver ski.  Granted, he'll likely only ski on deep powder days, preferring to snowboard on all others, but....that's my only concern.  He adored them.

 


There's nothing wrong at all with a 20m radius for a one ski quiver.  It's all personal preference based on where you ski (geographically), where you ski on the mountain, and how you like to ski... but I'd personally say that's just about right, actually.  My skinny skis (2 ski quiver) are 21m.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

There's nothing wrong at all with a 20m radius for a one ski quiver.  It's all personal preference based on where you ski (geographically), where you ski on the mountain, and how you like to ski... but I'd personally say that's just about right, actually.  My skinny skis (2 ski quiver) are 21m.


Cool.  I think he's going to buy them.  :-)

post #16 of 22

Got my wife the Atomic Century (womens version) in the 176 and she likes them a lot.  You can go longer in this ski for sure.  I for one was a big fan of the ski specs.  I think anyone under 170 lbs will have success with the access, just wished they had the same tail as the century and were stiffer in the longer lengths.  It's a ski at a good price.

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by slcbelle View Post

Cool.  I think he's going to buy them.  :-)


He bought them tonight from REI.com.  American Express' Bonus Points Mall offers 3x Amex points on purchases through REI.com.  Woot!

post #18 of 22

Just tried atomic acces 171 yesterday at snowbird.  It was my first experience with powder skis and they just received about 8 to 10 inches.  I loved the way these skis handled except for the end of the day when it was a little icy on the cut though back to the lodge.  Other than that real impress.  I might have to start looking at these for my trip out west.  I was just looking at the k2 pontoons which are 132 under foot compared to the 100cm for the access. I need to do some research on the shogun

post #19 of 22

The Century does not have a rocker tail. It's stiffer in the tail, which the Access could use. Very easy to get thrown back on these. 

post #20 of 22

Also, I agree with the person who said they suck in mashed potatoes/scrambled eggs. They're fine in any kind of consistent conditions. And if there's even 2" fresh, they'll sail over anything. But get deep powder that's got a lot of cuts through it, and they will throw you around. These skis don't like change. Great to climb with. 

post #21 of 22

It was between these and the Shoguns and I definitely got the wrong ski. 

post #22 of 22

I demoed the Access 2 winters ago not really expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised, and I did like it...just not quite enough to buy it.  If I recall correctly, the conditions were your standard shallow, cut-up soft crud.  If someone gave me a pair, I'd be happy with 'em.

 

The Turbo is a great ski, and it crushes crud.  Not as "easy" as the Access but easy enough to be fun.  I came within a whisker of buying these.  Got the quicker and lighter Codys instead, but I'm considering a used Turbo even now.

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