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Atomic – Vantage X83 CTi
For the past six or seven years, Atomic’s Nomad range has sat at or near the top of the tree for all-mountain skiers. If you ask any number of Fall-Line readers what they’re riding, the answer is as likely to include ‘Nomad Blackeye Ti.’ How thoughtful of Atomic to discontinue this model and replace it with the Vantage X83 – a slightly odd decision given the strength of the name. After all, Porsche update the 911 every few years but manage to keep the name the same! The Vantage X series has a more pistey look than the outgoing model which translates into the way they ski. There’s just a little tip rocker to keep the wide front from snagging on the piste – once you’re ready to turn the nose bites quickly enough, though without the brutal immediacy of a pure piste ski. We reckon it really starts working when the speed builds, and unusually the allegedly more potent 90mm width model is a touch more all-roundey, with more of an all-mountain balance. But for a lot of folk, what’s wanted is a wide body piste ski which cruises fast, hammering the long turns in hardpack and crud. This is what you’ll get to the Vantage X 83 Cti for.