Atomic Vantage 95 C W ski review, 2017/2018 women's All-Mountain Back Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

As good as the Vantage 95 C is for the male of the species, the Vantage 95 C W is an even better all-terrain stick for women. It’s not because Atomic adapted the 95 C W specially for women but because it didn't. It has the same poplar core and, more importantly, the same Carbon Tank Mesh as the men’s model. A game changer, Carbon Tank Mesh is a lightweight reinforcement that might be misconstrued as a mere decorative flourish. That is, until you ski it, when you realize Carbon Tank Mesh makes skis grip better, ride smoother and exit the turn with energy. Married to the surface area of a 95-mm waisted ski, Carbon Tank Mesh provides the stability to plow through whatever crud it can’t manage to float over. “Nice and light,” reported Margit Caine from The Sport Loft of the Vantage 95 C. “They feel agile with nice float. Skied great in crap conditions.” Not the least of its charms is a probable retail price of $499, making it the steal of the women’s All-Mountain Back genre.