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Atomic Ritual (2014)

Atomic Ritual (2014)
Official Selection 2014
Tester's Review

Our test model was a 190, but even our smaller testers had no trouble maneuvering this versatile all-mountain tool, thanks to healthy rocker in its tip and tail. The Ritual swallowed up crud, allowing testers to dance confidently down steeps and flow through off-piste terrain “without getting caught up anywhere.” It seemed capable of all but the tightest turns, though high-speed, big-mountain bombing was its M.O. “Make this your daily ritual.”

Skiing's Notes:
Atomic's Vantage series includes five models ranging in waist widths from 103 mm down to 83. Where the Powder series includes wide rides for deep snow and the Nomad series offers narrow waists for on-trail performance, the Vantage skis split the difference in the name of all-terrain versatility. Not as loose and drifty as the Powder skis or as tight and carvy as the Nomad system skis, they're built to split the difference and meet the day-to-day needs of a soft-snow (most likely Western) resort skier with equal parts powder and hardpack performance. All are sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $775.00
PRICE (MAP): $700.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
AwardsOfficial Selection
Lengths174, 182, 190
Rating: Stability at Speed3.71 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.05 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.74 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.57 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.15 / 5
Rating: Energy/Liveliness2.65 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.44 / 5
Rating: Versatility2.83 / 5
Rating: Overall3.14 / 5