Atomic Crimson TI (2014)
Don't judge the Crimson by its past iterations. It still carves like a GS race ski on soft groomers, provided you're deliberate about setting an edge. But it's looser in the snow than it used to be, softer on edge, and far more forgiving than Crimsons past, thanks at least in part to the addition of a little tip rocker. Most testers were fine with that; some missed the old edginess. But it still gets good scores for Hard-Snow Integrity and generally high scores across the board. Larsen: "Easy to find a rhythm on. Just enough rebound but not so much that it turns into a rodeo."
The 2013-14 version of the Crimson TI is built for maxium high-speed carvability on frontside groomers, but also features a wide-ish waist width (86 mm) that won't trench too deeply in soft snow, plus a bit of tip rocker for venturing off-trail and into powder. Its wood-core construction is reinforced with two full sheets of Titanal metal (hence the "TI" designation) for supple, calm, glued-to-the-snow performance at high speeds. It's sold with Atomic's most powerful recreational binding, the 14-DIN XTO. Where the Vantage series of wider skis offers soft-snow versatility especially appropriate for Western all-mountain conditions, Atomic's Nomad collection is built for maximized on-trail performance and hardpack carvability well suited to Eastern conditions. Waist widths range from 86 mm down to 73 mm. All models are sold as systems (with a binding). And all except the low-end Smoke are designed using ARC technology, which features an integrated binding interface that is pinned in the middle and free-floating fore and aft so as to allow the ski to flex roundly, with no flat spot underfoot, for optimized tip-to-tail edge engagement throughout the turn. And where the Vantage series models are rockered tip and tail, the Nomad skis feature tip rocker only, comprising about 15 percent of the ski's length - enough to absorb shocks and smooth out turn initiations. The wider, higher-end models (Crimson TI, Blackeye TI) are built around full wood cores, while the lower-end models feature lighter, softer flexing forgiving (and more affordable) foam cores. All are built using Atomic's Step-Down Sidewall construction: higher sidewalls underfoot for solidity and edge grip; lower sidewalls topped by cap construction tip and tail for softer flex and torsional rigidity and more forgiving performance.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||170, 178, 186|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.64 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.60 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.77 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.82 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.93 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.38 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.04 / 5|