Atomic Men's Vantage 75 C Piste Skis + M 10 GW Bindings 2021
The Vantage 75 C is fun and energetic with surprisingly good edge hold and response. Carbon Tank Mesh provides support and strength; the Cap Sidewall perfectly balances the need for grip and forgiveness in tricky conditions. It shines on piste but thanks to the tip rocker and design inspiration coming from wider skis, it also feels very comfortable in soft snow down the sides of marked runs.
Terrain Type & Ability Level
It is primarily piste, but the construction and the shape do mean that the ski is forgiving and smooth enough to tackle some more varied terrain off the sides of the piste. Blues and reds are its natural home, but it can still venture onto black runs, it just won’t be gripping carved turns down these steeper or harder slopes.
Novice and intermediate skiers who want a piste ski that is about stability as much as it is performance or response. The Light Woodcore and the lack of metal in the construction ensure it is not demanding to ski, meaning it doesn’t punish balance errors and is easy to get in and out of the turn. The Carbon Tank Mesh makes sure it isn’t flappy either. It’s a great first ski to really hone technique and feel totally comfortable on as you explore more of the mountain.
|Size (cm)||Tip Width (mm)||Waist Width (mm)||Tail Width (mm)||Radius (m)||Weight (g)|
Integrated, M 10 GW
3 – 10
Wood, Composite, Carbon
Nose level to forehead height is ideal, but longer length is important if there is a bigger rocker or you’re spending more time off piste where the extra stability and float a larger size provides will be beneficial.
75mm in the waist is really in the piste dimensions category, but thanks to the Prolite construction and profile borrowed from the wider skis in the Vantage range it is happy in softer snow too. The contact points are only set back a little in the tip and tail, this helps with forgiveness when the snow is softer or trickier without affecting the hard snow performance.
All Mountain Rocker uses 10/90 split of tip rocker to camber. The relatively small amount of rocker helps with turn initiation and control in unpisted and soft conditions, without affecting the camber which provides the grip and response on firmer snow.
Atomic’s Light Woodcore uses poplar to optimise the skis weight without sacrificing any shock absorption or stability.
Cap Sidewall uses a full sidewall underfoot for controlled power transmission and great edge grip. The tips and tails use a cap construction to increase durability and make turn initiation and release simpler.
Prolite is all about keeping the weight down without affecting the performance, achieved by using exactly the right amount of material in the right places and removing it where it isn’t needed. This creates interesting profiles such as the milled-out areas through the centre of the ski that save weight but use tougher materials so strength isn’t compromised and the built-up areas along the edges that transmit power so effectively.
Carbon Tank Mesh
A Layer of super rigid, woven mesh increases strength across the ski without adding weight or too much torsional rigidity.
An ultra-light insert that runs the length of the ski like a backbone, this provides exceptional agility without extra weight.
EB tester’s comments: Simon (Fort William) I was skiing mainly on a cruisy blue with a varied mixture of fresh snow and ice. These were so easy to ski that I felt confident to tackle any of the conditions coming my way.
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