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Waist Width: 102
Lengths: 157, 164, 171, 178
The Smoke TI is one of the biggest selling skis for Atomic – indeed among all skis, thanks to aggressive pricing (Most shops will sell it for about $600 with binding.). With its narrow, edgy, eager-to-carve 76-mm waist and deep sidecut, it’s a frontside groomer specialist. Unlike the wood-cored Crimson and Blackeye, it features a lighter, softer, more economical foam core, but is still reinforced with two sheets of metal for integrity and high-speed calm. It comes with 12-DIN Atomic XTO 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.