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Ski Review: XDR 80Ti / Vantage 82 Ti / Rc One 82GT

The choice is not simple, but the choice among the best skis in the category is completely hopeless. But, one way or another, an attempt to figure out the choice and buy the “right” skis often leads to just such a dilemma: I studied the materiel, looked at an infinite number of ratings, made a list of the “best” skis and realized that it’s still a big problem to choose from the best ones, especially since two of the three also went out of production, and new ones replaced them ... But, we are not used to retreating and let's try to choose the best of three excellent universal skis.

In the framework of this comparison, we will not talk about each ski in detail, because such a detailed story is already in the section with test results, here we will only point out the differences between these models.

Globally, today the comparison is not even of those skis that are indicated in the title, but rather of those that were before them, but in a new form. No, of course, we will compare exactly those that are indicated, but we definitely understand that this comparison is interesting precisely in the wake of the popularity of those models that were before these and which they replaced. It is clear that you may be interested in the Fischer Pro Mt 80 Ti model and want to understand their differences from the Atomic Vantage 83XTI, but, alas, they are no longer there, and they were replaced by models from this comparison. But, we have already tested all the new products and are ready to share our vision of the differences.

What is interesting in universal skiing? Obviously - versatility. But what is universality in what can it manifest itself? There is universality in terms of the preparedness of the track - when the skis go equally well both on a hard track and on a broken soft one. It happens according to the rhythm of skiing - skis are easily controlled in a short bend, and are stable in high-speed arches. According to the style of riding - they smoothly cut the arc, comfortable and tenacious in a rolling turn, dynamic and playful in the classics. In style - they are perfect for both a blue jacket and a red one.

Well, I’m sure that you can deal with the style and the combination with the color of the jacket and panties yourself, but let's deal with the rest and compare our three skis with the basic versatility.

I’d like to note right away that if you were interested in the Fischer Pro Mt 80 Ti model in this comparison, then you should definitely familiarize yourself with the test results of the new RcOne 82GT model that replaced them and you will immediately realize that this is not a replacement, but completely different skis. They are so different that they fell into this comparison solely because they replaced the Fischer Pro Mt 80 Ti which in this comparison would have looked completely harmonious. But. We are sure that a great many people believe that if one model replaced another, then it is completely similar to the previous one.

Tough and broken track
In riding on a hard track in this troika there are two clear leaders - Atomics and Fisher. For Salomon, but, again, in comparison with these two competitors, the hard track is clearly not their territory. It’s not that they don’t drive at all on a hard track, but it’s impossible to name their skiing in comparison with riding on the Atomics and phishers. Yes, they hold and even cut the cut arc, but they are very dependent on the uniformity and condition of the snow and they must be constantly monitored and errors in loading can lead to significant breakdowns from the cut path. Due to their softness, they do not require a strong load for deflection into an arc, and only due to this they give a decent ride, but nothing more. They give nothing powerful on a tight track. For Atomics and Fishers, on the contrary, it is a tough track that is the territory of maximum efficiency. These are skis that are designed for a hard track and in which patency on a soft track is optional. The differences between them are that the Atomics are more universal in turning radius in a cut direction and more comfortable in a rolling turn. Fischer is more tenacious and rail, but they go to a certain rather fast radius and do not want to change it, but they go like on rails.

On a broken and soft track, the priority is clearly Salomon with a significant margin. On such snow, they can do everything: cut, slip, and jump, and go on a flat course working out the relief. There is nothing Salomon does in the soft snow. But with Atomics and Fishers problems begin. Both skis require acceleration and without speed in such skating are clumsy and difficult to manage. There are no problems on wide free tracks where you can accelerate, as soon as they accelerate to their cruising speed, they chop everything that they meet on the highway, but in bottlenecks it is very difficult. Without speed, they get stuck, backs cling and burrow, noses slip past the trajectory - skis become demanding on the technique and it will be difficult for beginners and ski lovers to cope with them. If we compare them with each other, then the Atomics are more loyal and passable on soft, broken snow - Fisher works strictly like highway carves and does not give any advantage in cross-country ability.

Carving and rolling turn
In carving, Fisher takes the first place in the top three. They have the smoothest, most accurate, but also the fastest arc. They are followed by Atomics who, if removed from the Fischer comparison, would be fast, but in such a troika they are even quite calm and variable in their radius of riding. Salomon closes the three in which everything is fine with the arc, it is quite calm and mid-radius, but it requires attention and quite accurate ski management.

In a sliding turn, everything is in the opposite direction: Salomons are beautiful in control and comfort, Atomics are good in control, but they tire a little, Fischer is beautiful in control even on absolute ice, but at speed and on an uneven track, legs are rolled up to the full.

Speed ​​and maneuverability
The fastest and the most clumsy are Fisher. The Golden Mean - Atomics. Although, remove Fisher and they will seem prohibitively fast, but everything is known in comparison. The most maneuverable and the most controlled are Salomon. But, Salomon has obvious difficulties in speed skating and they are not ideal. However, Fishers and Atomics have much more problems with maneuverable riding than Salomons at speed.

To whom, where and in which skiing what to choose?
Fishers are good carvers who can ride, who prefer high-speed riding on hard velveteen. It is unclear why they need them if there are excellent skiing with a sporty character, but nonetheless. Atomics are good for riding on hard tracks of varying degrees of preparedness with rare hits on broken soft snow with the dominance of a rolling turn and classic skiing with rare elements of fast carving. Salomons are good for those who need diversity, versatility in skiing, and those who prefer precision in technology who prefer emotions from free and fun skiing.

Once again, we have three similar in parameters, but completely different in skiing skis from the same category. Probably never will figure out the differences in theory. That is why we are testing all new skis in real skiing and comparing them to understand which ones are better for what. What you are strongly advised to do - if you can test, be sure to do it regardless of whether you need new skis or not, are you going to buy them or not. Just to understand and feel the difference yourself.