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Waist Width: 76
The Smoke is the lightest, softest-flexing, and least-expensive model in the Nomad collection, built for unaggressive cruising at moderate speeds on groomed snow. It features the same width and sidecut as the Smoke Ti, but there's no metal and no free-flexing ARC binding interface. It comes with a 10-DIN Atomic XTO binding. Most shops still sell it for about $400 with binding. Where the Vantage series of wider skis offers soft-snow versatility especially appropriate to 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 76 mm. All five Nomad models are designed and sold as systems (with binding). The top two models (Crimson and Blackeye) are updated for 2016 with Atomic's new Carbon Tank Mesh, a wall-to-wall layer of carbon-fiber reinforcement that adds strength and responsiveness without excessive weight. 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 wider 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 loosen up turn initiations. The top four models are built on wood 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 torsional rigidity and more forgiving performance.