Atomic Affinity Storm (2014)
For balanced women pressuring the boot front, this snappy carver confidently arcs long and short turns and nimbly hops through trees, bumps, and rough snow. Fall back out of the sweet spot, however, and you’ll feel as if you’re riding an unforgiving race stick. The tip has a supple, easy-to-manipulate feel—you can adjust the amount of bite by modulating the pressure you apply. Edges hold strong throughout, followed by a snappy finish.
The Storm, built for expert women who know how to bend a ski and carve a turn, is the widest ski in the Affinity collection, at 84 mm, and the only one with a wood core. Atomic's Affinity series is a three-model collection of women's system skis - all sold with bindings. Ranging in width from 84 down to 74 mm, they're more groomer-oriented than the wider Vantage series skis. They're also generally more value-oriented, with more economical constructions suited to less demanding skiers. All are rockered in the tip only, to smooth shocks and soften turn initiations, and all feature Atomic's Women's Flex Zone technology, in which the core is thinner in the tip and tail to promote a round flex pattern. Other women-specific design features include a V-shaped tapering of the sidecut (the narrower tail is easy to break free and skid at the end of the turn) and a slight lifting of the heel designed to reduce back strain and better suit a woman's physiology.
|Lengths||151, 159, 167|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.76 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.49 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.63 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.84 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.99 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.50 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.04 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.32 / 5|