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Rating: / 5
Lengths: 162, 169, 176, 183
Stability at speed: 3.79 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.78 / 5
Crud performance: 3.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.19 / 5
Pro Few skis take more eagerly to the challenge of hard snow. The SX 12, after all, was for skiercross, so it thinks it’s a GS race ski. And with that monster tip, it dives into the next arc the moment you pressure an edge. Atomic’s Beta construction comes into its own here. Its twin parallel cores, reinforced with magnesium rods inside and a sheet of Titanal below, give it uncompromising edge-hold. And like a lot of Beta skis, the SX 12 resists twisting no matter what it encounters, which gives it unsurpassed precision. In other words, it likes to go fast. Very fast. That delighted testers who like locked-in power and have the quads to handle it. “A big, strong speed demon could tear up the frontside on these bad boys,” said Sabanosh. Con Even some of our stronger testers were begging for forgiveness.