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Waist Width: 77
Lengths: 142, 148, 154, 160
The 2017 Atomic Vantage X WMN 77 C is the No. 3 model in the new Vantage X line of women’s frontside skis. It’s the same width and shape as the higher-performing 77 CTi, but because it lacks the metal reinforcement of the CTi it’s lighter and less demanding, appropriate for intermediate women who stick to the trail and ski at moderate speeds. It comes with the same 10-DIN Atomic Lithium binding.
Atomic’s new Vantage X series of narrow-waisted frontside all-mountain skis includes four women’s models, all with groomed-snow-dicing waist widths ranging from 80 down to 74 mm. The Vantage X line replaces the Affinity series (Storm, Sky, Pure and Air), but is similarly targeted at all-mountain skiers who spend the majority of their time carving on groomed snow. The carve-optimized Vantage X line borrows from the light-yet-powerful design philosophy of the wider Vantage freeride models. The top women’s models (Vantage X WMN 80 CTi and Vantage X WMN 77 CTi) are reinforced with Atomic’s Ti Backbone, a sheet of metal that extends wall-to-wall underfoot, where its needed for edge grip and power, but tapers toward tip and tail, to keep things light and manageable. The lower two models are lighter, livelier metal-free layups. All but the novice-friendly Vantage X WMN 74, which is built on a light and economical foam core, are wood-core constructions, for durability and responsiveness. The top three models are reinforced with a layer of Atomic’s Carbon Tank Mesh, a wall-to-wall weave of carbon fibers that adds strength while reducing weight. Unlike the Vantages, which are sold flat, the Vantage X skis are sold only as systems, with bindings ranging from a high-performance 11-DIN in the top model down to an economical 10-DIN binding on the other models. The flat tails (non-twin, non-rockered) of the Vantage X series give them a more locked-in feel and more powerful turn finishes than the smearier, slight-twin Vantages. And the Vantage X models feature Atomic’s new Exo Profile, in which the top corers of the ski are beveled inward fore and aft to reduce swing weight.
Atomic, founded in 1955, is based in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria (near Salzburg), where the majority of its skis are made. Along with sister brands Salomon and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 1994. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C.