Overview / The New Atomic Vantage Series
For the 2015-2016 season, Atomic has redesigned their Vantage series of all-mountain skis with the goal of making the line (in their words) “lighter, stronger and better. So they’re even more effortless and better to ride on-piste, without sacrificing any of their play in the powder.”
From the widest to the narrowest underfoot, the new Vantage lineup contains the following men’s and women’s models:
- The Vantage 100 CTi
- The Vantage 95 C
- The Women’s Vantage 95 C W
- The Vantage 90 CTi
- The Women’s Vantage 90 CTi W
- The Vantage 85 CTi
- The Vantage 85
- The Women’s Vantage 85 W
Some of the new skis share the same waist widths as their predecessors, but they all feature new core constructions, sidecut radii, and more directional tail shapes that are less turned-up / twinned, but are still slightly rockered.
Of the new line, we are particularly interested in the new, 100mm-underfoot Vantage 100 CTi, which effectively takes the place of the current 103mm-underfoot Ritual, and the new Vantage 95 C, which replaces the Vantage Theory.
New Core Construction
The new Vantage 100 CTi, 90 CTi, and 85 CTi (as well as the women’s versions of the 90 and 85 CTi) all feature an updated core construction with a titanium insert and a new carbon layup that Atomic is calling “Carbon Tank Mesh” – it’s an open-weave carbon mesh laid across the ash/poplar wood core of the ski, as you can see in the photos below.
The Vantage 95 C and women’s Vantage 95 C W also feature the Carbon Tank Mesh, but have no metal in their core construction.
Atomic probably wins the award for Most Ridiculous Product Copy, with their spectacular “Sprocket Power Boosters” (in the Automatic line), and now “Carbon Tank Mesh.” But Sprockets and Tanks aside, we are still very eager to get some of these new Vantage skis on snow.
The new Atomic Vantage 95 C
The Vantage 95 C has a stout, medium/stiff flex pattern that, at least under a hand flex, seems very even and consistent (the ski’s shovels’ don’t seem much softer than its tails), which, combined with its relatively subtle tip and tail rocker, could give it a powerful, predictable and intuitive feel like that of the current Theory. The new Vantage 95 C has a slightly tighter sidecut radius and is a little lighter than the Theory, though, so it should have an ever quicker, more nimble feel.
We’re fans of the current Theory, and we’re excited to see how its replacement performs. Until we get it on snow, check out the specs and rocker profile pictures of the Vantage 95 C below:
Ski: 2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 95 C
Available Lengths: 162, 170, 178, & 186cm
Stated Dimensions (mm):
- 134-95-121 (186cm length)
- 133-95-119.5 (178cm length)
- 132-95-118.5 (170cm length)
- 131-95-116.5 (162cm length)
Stated Sidecut Radii:
- 18.9 meters (186cm length)
- 17.9 meters (178cm length
- 16.8 meters (170cm length)
- 15.8 meters (162cm length)
Stated Weight per Ski: 1,850 grams / ski (186cm length)