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Ski Test: Atomic Redster X9 S

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Here you go and here you go - bam! and the second shift ... Here you are testing, testing - nothing changes from year to year, I decided to conduct an experiment and try the well-known skis in new boots and - Whack! The skis have changed. This is exactly what happened to me in the new Atomic Redster X9 ski season when testing boots with 110 hardness. And now the details.

Let me remind you, this season I decided to add a stream of freshness to testing. Well, indeed, skiing does not change so often and it turns out testing the same from year to year with the repetition of the already known results - boring things, and more. And so I thought: what will happen if you try the same skis in softer boots, what happens? This idea seemed interesting to me, and I went to ski ski tests with 110 hardness freeride boots. Indeed, there are a lot of people who watch and read my tests, they ride in boots of such hardness and it will be very interesting how the ski behaves exactly with such shoes. The experiment was quite successful until I came across these skis, the test of which completely changed my perception of the experiment - I definitely found out the skis, but the skiing sensations were so new and the differences in the perception of skiing on them in stiffness boots 110 and in stiffness boots 130 were much greater than all other skis.

As usual, the secret was simple and unpretentious - the skis have changed. Atomic remade this model a bit. Naturally, as a result, on the test, the sensations from changing shoes overlapped with the sensations from changing skis and as a result the sensations turned out to be completely new. But, at the time of testing, I did not know that the skis had changed and rated them as I had estimated, that is, since I was riding them without speculation or speculation. And so, what happened.

In skiing, the ski seemed too stiff before and after the reinforcement pin was turned on. Bending skis was difficult. In a sharp turn, to get variability in the rhythm of riding, the noses must be squeezed, but after they are edged up on hard snow or a track torn to ice, the skis obviously do not have enough grip and instead of bending, they fly off the arc. Where there is something to rest against - soft snow, shavings - it turns out that it is possible to bend the ski, but the boots should be stiff and obviously stiffer than the 110 that I had on the test. Transferring the load from the nose to the middle and the back does not lead to a break from the cut arc, but it is clearly noticeable that the middle is much stiffer and when you switch to it, the ski accelerates increasing the turning radius. As a result, it is necessary to close the turn for control by crushing the backdrop. Here, too, everything is not just because the back, as it seemed to me, has become a little tougher than before. Although, it is quite possible that I just did not have the rigidity of the shoes. As a result, loading and working in the back of the ski gives nothing interesting. As before, all the fun in their noses.

In a rolling corner, everything is as before on the verge of comfort and control. They do not tire their legs and reliably cling to the track in any snow condition. There is no sensation of a washboard. Skis are not hardened and there is no need to fight them. They enter the turn easily and accumulate a deflection at the nose loading, which they willingly give away at unloading. In the middle corner, they are more stable and there is no need to follow them further for the sake of handling. The classics can be interesting and powerful.

The rhythm of skiing is definitely not slow skiing. They have their own rhythm - an average turn and more. Going down, but reluctantly and with effort.

Short turn
Long turn
Peak stability at a turn 7 / 15 m.
Dynamic turn radius 6 / 14 m.
Turn radius range 14 - 17 м.
Best piste 5 - 8
Testing condition
Red piste. Hard morning snow and corduroy. Good visibility. One ride test.
Boots: Tecnica Zero G (2017-18) - 110 flex.

Skis are very similar to skis for the amateur giant and are prone to a medium and fast pace of rotation. For beginners, they will be heavy and clumsy; in skating they will be difficult and fast. Experts and progressive skiers will be given a good cut arc in a vigorous expert rhythm, and they will be able to drive loss of control without fear. It will be an excellent solution like skiing for all cases of cross-country skiing in mountain resorts where there are open spaces and dominated by moderate hardness of snow.