Atomic Cloud 12 ski review, 2017/2018 women's Technical Category, from our equipment experts at Realskiers.com powered by Masterfit.

Atomic’s new Cloud 12 is as close to a GS race ski as any Technical ski ever adapted for women. The ski uses lighter wood and less Titanium in its layup than Atomic’s new non-FIS GS Race, the G9, but it has its same fall-line-oriented sidecut and Servotec dampening system. In short, Cloud 12 is the real deal, but in shorter lengths and made a little easier to flex for the lighter female skier. Because of its straighter sidecut, Atomic's Cloud 12 cuts one of the longer radius turns in the Technical genre of skis, but it’s so calm at the high speeds it prefers to cruise at, there’s no reason to pump the brakes. Cloud 12's extraordinary stability at high speed comes courtesy of Servotec, a single rod extending from its base in a flexible elastomer under the binding to an anchor point in the mid forebody. Servotec sucks up shocks and actively pressures the fully cambered ski to stay in contact with the snow. You know you’re in for top-shelf treatment when the topskin is embellished with punched leather discretely integrated into the design. “It makes you feel like a strong, expert skier,” said one tester. “Atomic claims Servotec is like power steering—and that’s not hyperbole.”

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