The Atomic Vantage Theory is a versatile all-mountain ski. It’s most at home on the frontside, but is capable enough when you want to venture off piste. It offers a stable and predictable ride all over the mountain, and is ideal for the intermediate or advanced skier who doesn’t ride overly aggressive. If your looking for an all-mountain ski with frontside attitude, check out the Atomic Vantage Theory.
Conditions: Powder, Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Groomers, Hard Pack
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Atomic FFG 12
On the Snow Feel: With 75% camber underfoot the Atomic Vantage Theory is stable and sturdy. Although this ski is dubbed as an all-mountain take you anywhere ski, we found it to be much more frontside oriented. It has a stable and predictable feel that many frontside oriented skiers will appreciate.
Powder: The Atomic Vantage Theory is a versatile 95mm underfoot. This waist width puts the Theory in the same waist category as the Line Sick Day 95. Comparing the two, we found the Sick Day to have better float. The Theory does okay in the deeper snow, but it’s not going to be a ski you want to ride in the powder often. That being said, we found the Theory to be really fun in the fresh snow as long as it wasn’t too deep (up to about 5”).
Turn Initiation and Carving: With a 95mm waist and a good amount of traditional camber underfoot, the Atomic Vantage Theory is much more suited to carving the groomers than riding in the powder. The small amount of rocker in the tip helps to make turn initiation easy, while the softer flex is quite forgiving. Carbon in the core reduces weight while adding rigidity. This helps to keep the ski easy to maneuver, but provides great power and rebound when carving. The Theory responds well without a ton of input, and even at low speeds and edge angles the ski was easy to turn. As you increase speed, the Theory becomes more alive. The forgiving flex made the ski easy to bend in the turn, but the Carbon helps keep the rebound lively and energetic. It’s not the quickest ski in the category, but we had a lot of fun making really high angle short and medium radius turns.
Speed: The Atomic Vantage Theory has a light-weight carbon laminate that helps to increase rigidity and dampness, but the ski is also pretty lightweight. On the smooth freshly groomed runs, we felt the Theory was able to handle speed pretty well. However, as things got a bit more bumped up, we really found the speed limit pretty quickly. When in these conditions the Theory was just too light and not damp enough.
Uneven Terrain: The Theory is better suited to the smooth groomers than rough chopped up snow. When this type of snow was soft, the Theory was okay, but I could never push the ski to hard or fast. If I didn’t slow down when transitioning from groomers to crud, I found the tips would deflect and I would get bounced around. This was especially true the more things hardened up. The one area the Theory did shine was when we had a nice fresh coat of snow (2” or less) on the hard pack of groomers. Here the theory was never too light or flexible, and the skis did a nice job of gliding through the softer snow.
Moguls: The Atomic Vantage Theory is pretty quick from edge to edge, and the small amount of rocker in tip and tail help to keep it maneuverable. At 95mm underfoot it feels pretty quick, and the tails are turned up just enough to let you release when you need to.
Edge Hold: With 75% camber and a relatively long effective edge, the Theory does well on both the soft and firm snow. When the hard pack was smooth, the Theory performed really well, holding an edge with confidence. Once the firm snow started to get chopped up, the Theory felt less at home. If you ski a lot of hard packed groomers, the theory can be a really fun ski as long as it doesn’t get too chopped up.
Flex: The Atomic Vantage Theory has a pretty forgiving flex that also provides a stable and predictable platform on the frontside.
Switch: The Theory is a directional ski with very little switch abilities.
The Atomic Vantage Theory really caters to the intermediate or less aggressive advanced skier that spends most of their time on the frontside groomers. It’s capable in the softer snow, but may not be your go to ski if you plan on spending a lot of time off piste. It offers okay float in the deeper snow, and can be quite fun in the soft snow, but there are all mountain skis in this width that have better float (Sick Day 95). On the groomers the Atomic Vantage Theory is fun, lively, and energetic. It provides a stable and predictable platform that feels stable even at higher speeds. When the conditions get a bit choppy, the Theory has a slower speed limit, but as long as the snow doesn’t get too hard you’ll be fine.