Atomic Crimson TI (2014)

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Rating: 3.04 / 5
Price: $1000.00
Year: 2014
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 86
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131.5-86-114
Lengths: 170, 178, 186

Stability at speed: 3.64 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.77 / 5
Crud performance: 2.82 / 5
Flotation: 2.38 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.93 / 5
Overall: 3.04 / 5

The 2013-14 version of the Crimson TI is built for maxium high-speed carvability on frontside groomers, but also features a wide-ish waist width (86 mm) that won't trench too deeply in soft snow, plus a bit of tip rocker for venturing off-trail and into powder. Its wood-core construction is reinforced with two full sheets of Titanal metal (hence the "TI" designation) for supple, calm, glued-to-the-snow performance at high speeds. It's sold with Atomic's most powerful recreational binding, the 14-DIN XTO. Where the Vantage series of wider skis offers soft-snow versatility especially appropriate for Western all-mountain conditions, Atomic's Nomad collection is built for maximized on-trail performance and hardpack carvability well suited to Eastern conditions. Waist widths range from 86 mm down to 73 mm. All models are sold as systems (with a binding). And all except the low-end Smoke are designed using ARC technology, which features an integrated binding interface that is pinned in the middle and free-floating fore and aft so as to allow the ski to flex roundly, with no flat spot underfoot, for optimized tip-to-tail edge engagement throughout the turn. And where the Vantage series models are rockered tip and tail, the Nomad skis feature tip rocker only, comprising about 15 percent of the ski's length - enough to absorb shocks and smooth out turn initiations. The wider, higher-end models (Crimson TI, Blackeye TI) are built around full wood cores, while the lower-end models feature lighter, softer flexing forgiving (and more affordable) foam cores. All are built using Atomic's Step-Down Sidewall construction: higher 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.

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No. 1 in Stability at Speed, No. 2 in Hard-Snow Grip…. Yeah, it’s an Atomic. And a No. 2 Overall Impression ranking shows that testers were more than willing to overlook the tradeoffs in forgiveness and quickness. The Crimson­—traditionally cambered, metal- reinforced and a perennial tester favorite—loves to go fast, and doesn’t seem to care what the snow conditions are like. That big tip hooks up with ease, and thrilling rebound propels you from one turn to the next. It’s not for sissies, though. “Rewards those willing to set an edge an stand on it,” said Casey.