Ski Review 2019
SKI REVIEWS 2019
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Atomic Redster G9 + X 12 TL [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
The Redster G9 from Atomic is definitely one of the best skis on the market in the "Giant Slalom" category of race-inspired skis designed for a non-racing public.
"Consistent and reassuring", almost "perfect", it shines in this category in virtually every respect. The professional reviewers noted in particular its "very reassuring" character, with incisive turn entry and amazing stability at high speed. Efficient and docile, you'll feel really confident whatever the conditions.
The only criticism concerns the tail, which was judged somewhat soft. There was a lack of energy in turn release for this category, making the exit more technically demanding. That's why it needs good positioning with forward pressure.
The Redster G9 is a good ski that will satisfy all adrenalin-seeking fans of high-powered long turns.
Sound behaviour, reassuring
Good overall performance
Initiation, dynamic turn entry
Disliked: Soft tail
Turn exit requires some technical prowess
Needs good positioning
Atomic Redster TR + X12 TL [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Atomic has made a real comeback this season. The Redster TR presented by the brand offers an alternative that focuses more on accessibility in this “Carvers” section.
A good, efficient and versatile tool, the Redster TR "does its job" and well deserves its place in this selection of the best skis on the market. It offers serious arguments as it's light underfoot, "easy to rotate and carve", displays consistent behaviour and requires little physical engagement.
We recommend this ski for good to very good riders looking for a versatile and high-performing ski that's nonetheless accessible and comfortable.
Liked: Good overall performance
Easy to use, accessible
Good edge hold
Disliked: Slight lack of character compared to some skis in the selection...
Atomic Backland 95 [click]
Type of ski :
Reviewed for the first time by PROSKILAB, the Backland 95 from Atomic made a good impression.
It's a relatively stiff ski for this category. The result is excellent behaviour on the groomed slopes, with grip and stability that would make some piste-oriented skis turn green with envy. Off-piste, this same stiffness gives it some serious arguments. The ski's performance in uneven snow and its potential to go very fast were highly appreciated by the reviewers: "a super freeride ski!", "impeccable in crud", "awesome stability."
On the other hand, some the reviewers found the ski too physical, and less agile and intuitive than some of its rivals.
The weight announced is 1.370 kg for 177 cm, which makes it a light ski with remarkable performance/weight ratio.
We recommend the Backland 95 for engaged good to expert riders looking for a light ski for climbing but that performs well in all snow conditions and on all terrains.
Liked: Good behaviour on the piste and on hard pack
Good hold in turns
Happy at high speed off-piste
Performs well in the crud
Turn initiation is less intuitive
Atomic Redster S9 + X12 TL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
The Redster S9 is objectively a good ski, remarkably consistent and versatile. The reviewers liked the ski's easy handling, the overall enjoyment, and the very consistent behavior that will reassure a lot of riders. It's especially comfortable and intuitive when carving out short turns.
On the other hand, the reviewers noted a slight lack of punch in very dynamic rides at high speed which showed the ski's limitations. The ski is globally efficient, but stiffness, edge grip and rebound at the end of a turn are not as good as some of its rivals.
The ski's programme is similar to the "Carvers" category, which the reviewers felt the ski would have done very well in. Something to think about for the next review.
The Redster S9 is a very good ski that we recommend especially for intermediary to very good riders who want to up their carving performance.
Liked: Easy to use
Good behaviour carving small turns
Disliked: A flexible ski for this programme
Slight lack of performance
Atomic Cloud 12 + X12 LTL [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
The Cloud 12 from Atomic offers amazing performance but falls short when it comes to versatility and accessibility.
The ski is extremely happy at high speed, carving smooth long arcs, its area of predilection, where the ski is incredibly grippy and stable and riders can fearlessly adopt serious angles to carve momentous long turns. The Cloud 12 is an excellent ski for making swooping arcs on the piste at high speed.
On the other hand, once out of its favourite programme, it becomes more demanding. It's difficult to vary the radius, is not very forgiving, is less stable and more difficult to bend at slow speed.
The Cloud 12 is too exclusive for this category where we're looking above all for consistency, but experienced speed freaks and long turn fans will love it.
Liked: Great performance
Stable at high speed
Loves long turns
Disliked: Lacks accessibility and tolerance at slower speeds
Difficult to vary turn radius