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Rating: 3.11 / 5
Waist Width: 117
Lengths: 168, 177, 186
Stability at speed: 3.15 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.12 / 5
Crud performance: 3.22 / 5
Flotation: 3.02 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.25 / 5
Overall: 3.11 / 5
The Theory returns unchanged to the Vantage collection, offering loose, easygoing performance on a 95-mm waist. While it’s close in width to the Alibi, with virtually the same sidecut radius, it has a lighter, livelier construction with carbon reinforcement rather than metal and a little less rocker for enhanced hard-snow rebound.
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).