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Thread Starter 

I was trying out a pair of Atomic race department SL skis this weekend. White with red text and claws at the tip. Came to the conclusion that they felt like jr skis compared to my Blizzard Magnesiums. Really light and turny. My Blizz felt like GS skis in comparisson. There was surpricily good gripp in the Atomics and they were fun to ski with. More lively but also a bit more unstable. Anybody else with the same kind of experiance. Or the total opposite?

post #2 of 13

Are they Double Decks? (D2)

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

No, have to check. Are you back on Atomic or are you still with Head?

post #4 of 13

Just got a brand new pair of 2011 Atomic Race GS D2 (Non-FIS)

 

179cm 18.4M radius!

 

Fabulous ski.

 

I have heard the D2 Slalom (You can tell if the riser plate spans almost the entire ski) is a fantastic ski too!

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

The ski I tested was a 2009 model SL12 Race Stock stiffer model 117-66-103.

 

The new D2 look really space age. The ski you bought sounds like a good club and masters GS.

post #6 of 13

I do not have, but  skied twice on 2011 D2 SL Race/FIS/ The skis are bananas... people say they are soft, damp etc... I do not understand any of theses statements.. Skis are bad ass and hold edge fantastic.. Even on rock like hard ice patches..

 

Plus IMHO having the D2 makes the skis stiffer/cause it's like brace/, requires extra effort after some point..

post #7 of 13

I have not skied the FIS version of the D2's but suspect they are much stiffer then what i am looking for.

 

I don't thhink the D2 stiffens the ski in and of itself. in fact the reason I bought the non -FIS Race Gs D2 (after skiing it back to back with the Head i.speed and Fischer Rc 4 Pro neither of which is Race Stock nor FIS legal) is that the D2 was the most supple longitudinally of the 3.

 

In fact I believe the upper control deck of the D2 allows for a much softer flexible tip (out in front of the upper control deck) which makes it extrememly easy to initiate a turn. Once the ski is sufficiently bent to engage the upper control deck it progressively stiffens teh lower deck as the turn progresses and more pressure is applied to the ski.

 

Not only was the Race GS D2 much easier to bend but it had superior edge hold.  Even better then the Fischer or the Head.

 

One reason for this could be the factory tune. My new skis came out of the wrapper with a perfect 1 base and 3 side edge and flat bases. And the ceramic disc finish on the 3 degree side edge makes this ski extremely grippy on hard snow. Just absolutely superb edge hold.

post #8 of 13

A Man, does the non FIS GS D2 have a 70 mm waist? There are pairs of these on ebay and are named I believe Race GS. What is the waist dimension on your ski. It appears that the non FIS GS D2 has a tip protector and the FIS version does not have a tip protector- cover. Thanks.

 

post #9 of 13

Yep, it is called the D2 Race Gs. Mine are 179cm,  dimensions 114.5 - 70 - 99 with Tip protector. 18.4M radius This ski must use Atomic Neox TL (tool-less) 4-12 Binding. Plate and track are premounted on ski and you simply slide the heel and toe together and lock down w/o tools. Just must set forward pressure.

 

I think the ski you are talking about on ebay is the 176cm is the D2 Race Gs Junior.

 

The 175 and 171 also have bigger Radius then the 179 non-FIS and say you mut use an Atomic RAce binidng.which leads me to believe they have the Black World Cup plate and are some sort of race stock ski.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

A Man, does the non FIS GS D2 have a 70 mm waist? There are pairs of these on ebay and are named I believe Race GS. What is the waist dimension on your ski. It appears that the non FIS GS D2 has a tip protector and the FIS version does not have a tip protector- cover. Thanks.

 

post #10 of 13

Thanks for the info .

post #11 of 13

My Pleasure,

 

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What he said.  My stuff is all Atomic:

 

210 Super G

2 pairs 205 Super G

2 pairs 201 Super g

 

The speed skis are all Aero 3 but do not have D2...don't care...they're plenty fast, bend into a turn really easily, have good turn radius and hold well.

 

1 pair 165 FIS non-D2 SL

2010 165 FIS D2 SL
2011 165 FIS D2 SL

 

The non-D2s are now my all arounders on hard stuff.  They're great skis,but the D2 SLs are better for all the reasons Atomicman discusses.  I have identical tip/waist/tail measurements and flex patterns on both D2s, and I can't tell the difference.  There's a bunch of folks in my Masters program who are just getting into racing, and they're using the non-FIS GS and SL skis, and love them, too...

 

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I have not skied the FIS version of the D2's but suspect they are much stiffer then what i am looking for.

 

I don't thhink the D2 stiffens the ski in and of itself. in fact the reason I bought the non -FIS Race Gs D2 (after skiing it back to back with the Head i.speed and Fischer Rc 4 Pro neither of which is Race Stock nor FIS legal) is that the D2 was the most supple longitudinally of the 3.

 

In fact I believe the upper control deck of the D2 allows for a much softer flexible tip (out in front of the upper control deck) which makes it extrememly easy to initiate a turn. Once the ski is sufficiently bent to engage the upper control deck it progressively stiffens teh lower deck as the turn progresses and more pressure is applied to the ski.

 

Not only was the Race GS D2 much easier to bend but it had superior edge hold.  Even better then the Fischer or the Head.

 

One reason for this could be the factory tune. My new skis came out of the wrapper with a perfect 1 base and 3 side edge and flat bases. And the ceramic disc finish on the 3 degree side edge makes this ski extremely grippy on hard snow. Just absolutely superb edge hold.

post #13 of 13

Almost forgot, I have two pairs of last year's 184 cm D2 GSs, 26.2 radius...great skis, I'm perfectly comfortable on them training full length GS with the University of Colorado A team...

 

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