Rating: 2.94 / 5
Waist Width: 117
Stability at speed: 2.58 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.63 / 5
Crud performance: 2.86 / 5
Flotation: 4.09 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.43 / 5
Overall: 2.94 / 5
Got powder? Testers agreed this wide ride is born to surf the deepest fluff at speeds you might not have thought possible. It's new-school through and through, responding best to the modern style of powder skiing. Use its buoyancy and looseness to skid, smear, and throw huge spray for the camera. Or use its light weight and easy-pivoting maneuverability to thread tight lines with confidence. Elling: "New-school pow raiders will like the more forward mount; veteran shredders may feel a lot of tail."
NOTES: The Automatic is the fastest "directional" powder ski Atomic makes (as opposed to the bi-directional, center-mounted, 120-mm Bent Chetler). It gets the most rocker of any Automatic, with its underfoot cambered section comprising just 55 percent of the skis total length. It's wood core is minimally reinforced with strategically placed Titanal stringers (Sprocket Power Boosters) placed on the core just fore and aft of the foot, for enhanced responsiveness without compromising liveliness or adding excessive weight.
Atomic's Automatic series include three models of deep-snow powder specialists ranging in width from 117 mm down to 102 mm. All models are built for loose, surfy performance in deep snow, with tapered tips, lightweight constructions and turned-up tails. All are built on wood cores, and all feature Atomic's Step-Down Sidewall construction: high sidewalls underfoot for solidity and edge grip; lower sidewalls topped by cap construction tip and tail for softer flex and torsional rigidity and more forgiving performance. Each Automatic model has its own rocker profile, with progressively less rocker and more camber in the narrower waist widths.