The Atomic Vantage 90 Ti W didn't win any of our awards, but that doesn't mean it's not a great ski. This is an ideal ski for an upper-intermediate to advanced skier who is beginning to tackle new terrain and snow conditions. The Atomic could be a perfect first ski purchase or do-it-all quiver of one. It is supportive and reliable in a variety of domains, particularly at slower speeds and in milder snow conditions. The Atomic doesn't excel at speed, or in deeper powder or crud. However, if you're looking for a guide to chaperone you as you delve into new surroundings, this is a fantastic intro to off-piste ski.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Atomic Vantage 90 Ti W has a lot of things going for it. Had it not been compared to such indomitable skis as those in our list, it would sit higher in our charts. For a lady who is just starting out in the ungroomed world though, the Vantage 90 Ti is ideal.
Stability at Speed
With a 90mm waist, created by a company with a history in ski racing, the Vantage 90 Ti has a build that lends itself to higher speeds on smooth snow. On a groomed pitch, the Vantage Ti holds an edge with grace, only skittering if the snow is quite slick or if the speeds are more extreme. When venturing out into the crud, it prefers a mellower pace, dancing delicately on top rather than blasting through. When making quick short turns, it performs well. It feels secure when making a tighter radius turn, and doesn't try to escape and run straight.
The Vantage 90 Ti is a ski made more for carving than for other endeavors, and it performs fairly well here. With a 17.6m turn radius, it happily arcs a medium-sized turn across groomed pitches and packed snow. For the upper-intermediate skier who is perfecting their carving capabilities, this is an excellent coaching ski. It will reward you when you make the right moves, but will also be an adequate guide to other turn-types and terrain.
If you are already carving up a storm, and enjoy doing so at higher speeds, the Atomic Vantage will have trouble keeping up and start to chatter.
Regrettably, the Vantage 90 Ti is at a slight disadvantage out of the gates in this category. It is among the narrowest skis of the bunch. With only a 90mm waist, it is not anatomically ideal for flotation in the deep stuff. Additionally, our testers wanted a longer ski to provide greater flotation in deeper snow, but the 169cm we tested is the longest Atomic produces in this model.
The Atomic is a fine choice for those looking to explore a bit of freshness, in conditions up to 6 inches of light powder. However, when put to tougher tests in deeper, heavier Sierra cement, it simply couldn't pass muster — continually diving down and throwing us over the handlebars.
If you're only looking to occasionally ski light powder, the Atomic is acceptable. If all you want to do is slay knee-deep pow, then you may desire something more powder-specific, such as the Rossignol Soul 7 HD W.
Again in the theme of this ski being a great guide in new terrain, the Atomic performed decently in chunky post-storm snow, but it does not excel. At 8.3lbs per pair, this model is actually on the heavier side of the bunch. But it seemed to prefer to ride on top of the crud, rather than bulldozing through it.
This model works in light chop, but in either deeper or denser situations, we found ourselves feeling less confident, and wishing we had something a bit stiffer.
The Vantage 90 Ti isn't the snappiest of all our tested skis, but that's not to say it doesn't have a spring to its step. This ski is light enough that it's happy getting airborne, and it has a nice rebound when unwound at the end of a short turn, or when released after a high-pressured carve. While it's hard to compete with the pure delight of popping around on some of our test's most playful skis, our testers agreed that this ski's lightness and ease of turning would make it feel playful for an upper-intermediate or advanced skier.
Whereas in deeper powder, the narrower waist and shorter length were a liability, in the bumps these qualities are advantages. We were pleased with how maneuverable the Vantage felt in undulating terrain. We could coerce it to turn quickly and exactly where we desired. It is soft enough to move well along the peaks and valleys of a mogul field, and it is forgiving if you don't make exactly the right move in exactly the right moment. The Atomic Vantage would make an excellent intro to bumps ski.
Even if you think you may not venture off-piste for some time yet, the Vantage 90 Ti will provide you with stability and fun on the groomers alone. As long as you're only planning to delve into boot-top powder and softer crud, and you're not planning to ski at Mach 10, the Atomic is an ideal coaching ski. If you're already a hard-charging all-terrain mama, look elsewhere.
At one of the lowest price points in our review, the Vantage 90 Ti is a steal. You're getting a quality-made ski which, at the right ability level, should continue to suit you as your abilities progress. It's a great deal, especially for someone looking to purchase their first pair of skis.
The Atomic Vantage 90 Ti is a reliable and versatile ski for medium-ability level skiers seeking to explore new terrain.
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