Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 109
Lengths: 149, 157, 165, 173, 181
The Panic is redesigned with the addition of carbon-fiber reinforcement for 2013-14. It's identical in construction and rocker profile to the Theory, but a narrower waist (87 mm) gives it more edge-to-edge quickness and East-appropriate hardpack performance. Atomic's Vantage series includes five models ranging in waist widths from 103 mm down to 83. Where the Powder series includes wide rides for deep snow and the Nomad series offers narrow waists for on-trail performance, the Vantage skis split the difference in the name of all-terrain versatility. Not as loose and drifty as the Powder skis or as tight and carvy as the Nomad system skis, they're built to split the difference and meet the day-to-day needs of a soft-snow (most likely Western) resort skier with equal parts powder and hardpack performance. All are sold flat (no binding).