Atomic Vantage X 80 CTi W ski review, 2017/2018 women's Frontside Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

Atomic’s Vantage X 80 CTi W applies an off-trail composition to an on-trail sidecut and baseline, creating an even-tempered carver that reacts to a tiled edge immediately without any extra exertion from the skier. The ski's twin shock-damping technologies, Carbon Tank Mesh on top and Titanium Backbone 2.0 on the bottom, are lightweight solutions to the age-old problem of skis maintaining edge contact. Another weight-saving feature, Exo Profile, shaves away the sides of the Atomic Vantage X 80 CTi W, leaving a latticework of ridges to provide the necessary resistance to twist. For the women’s version of the Vantage X 80 CTi, Atomic trims away even more mass by using an all-poplar core. The slimmer tail of its V-shaped sidecut can easily disengage to set up the next turn while a slightly elevated heel tips a woman’s lower center of gravity forward to engage earlier. “An ex-racer will still want a race ski for cruising,” observed Yvette Legras. “But for recreational buzzing around on groomers, it’s a gas. Responds quickly to light pressure.”

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