It’s no surprise that testers felt the 95 C was easy and fun: All carbon, no metal makes for an energetic and playful ride. (The narrower, knifier 90 CTi has a Titanal “backbone.”) Also no surprise were its medal-winning scores: Every ski Atomic entered in the test earned one. Ever on the quest for lightness and power, Atomic’s secret here is Carbon Tank Mesh, a layer of material that adds torsional stiffness without weight, and Firewall, extra-thick sidewalls that dampen vibration and add grip. The 95 is on the nimble side of the spectrum, and its huge sweet spot will suit a variety of skill levels. “Charge or chill, you’ll cherish your turns on this ski,” Barnes said.
Strengths: Forgiveness, Overall Impression