Atomic D2 VF 82/NTL 12 (2012)

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Rating: 2.99 / 5
Price: $1249.00
Year: 2012
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 82
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119.5-82-106.5
Lengths: 158

Stability at speed: 3.89 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.00 / 5
Crud performance: 2.79 / 5
Flotation: 2.16 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.10 / 5
Overall: 2.99 / 5

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