Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 100.5
Lengths: 150, 157, 164, 171, 178
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, no free-flexing ARC binding interface, and no Shockilla vibration-dampening module. It comes with a 10-DIN Atomic XTO binding. Most shops will sell it for about $400 with binding. 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.