Atomic Cloud Nine (2017)


Rating: / 5
Price: $725.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 74
Tip/Tail/Waist: 125-74-104
Lengths: 142, 149, 156, 163

The Atomic Cloud Nine, which returns unchanged for 2017, has the tightest sidecut radius in the Cloud series, at 11 meters (in 156-cm reference length). It's a lighter and more forgiving construction than the Cloud Eleven, with a lighter, softer-flexing foam core and less-edgy medium-height sidewalls. It's sold with a lighter 10-DIN Atomic Lithium binding. The Cloud series features three models of narrow-waisted groomed-snow carving skis with deep, turny sidecuts and grippy traditional camber, but they cover a broad range of target abilities (the Eleven for Experts, the Nine for advanced/intermediates, the Seven for novices) and prices ($850, $725, $475 MSRP; $700, $600, $400 "street price," respectively). All are designed and sold as systems (ie. with bindings). All have just a touch of tip rocker to loosen up turn entries and/or allow a little drift. (The top-of-the-line Eleven has just a slight amount; the other two a bit more.) Sidecuts are tight and slalomesque, ranging from 11 meters to 13 meters. Atomic, founded in 1955, is based in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria (near Salzburg), where the majority of its skis are made. Along with sister brands Salomon and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 1994. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C.