2018-2019 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Atomic Vantage 97 Ti for Blister

Atomic Vantage 97 Ti

Ski: 2018-2019 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.3 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2053 & 2057 grams

Stated Dimensions: 133-97-122 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 132.2-96.5-121.1

Stated Sidecut Radius: 20.1 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 49 mm / 7 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4-5 mm

Core: Ash + “Titanium Tank Mesh” + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: “World Cup Base Finish”

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.0 cm from center; 85.6 cm from tail

Intro

Atomic is overhauling their all-mountain Vantage line next year, and it will consist of the Vantage 107 Ti, 97 Ti, 90 Ti, 97 C, and 86 C on the men’s side, and the 107 C W, 90 Ti W, 97 C W, and 86 C W on the women’s side.

For more info on the new Vantage series and what makes the skis’ construction unique, check out our First Look of the Vantage 90 Ti. But in short, these new Vantage skis look pretty interesting, so let’s check out the Vantage 97 Ti.

[Note: You can also now check out our First Look of the Dynastar Legend X96, which is a direct competitor to the Vantage 97 Ti]

Shape / Rocker Profile

Like the Vantage 90 Ti, the Vantage 97 Ti has a very subtle amount of tail rocker, and has pretty standard tip rocker for an all-mountain ski of this width. The Vantage 97 Ti has a substantial amount of traditional camber underfoot, and very little tip and tail taper (especially compared to skis like the Dynastar Legend X96).

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Vantage 97 Ti:

Tips: 9.5-8.5
Shovels: 8.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Underfoot: 10
Behind Heel Piece: 10-9
Tails: 9 (but finishes closer to 9.5)

The Vantage 97 Ti feels very strong throughout, with no part of the ski feeling soft. The flex patterns of the Vantage 97 Ti and Vantage 90 Ti feel pretty similar, with the Vantage 97 Ti being slightly stiffer at the very ends of the tips and tails.

With respect to its flex patterns, the Vantage 97 Ti is in the same league as skis like the Rossignol Experience 94 Ti (which has a slightly softer tip and shovel than the Vantage 97 Ti), Dynastar Legend X96, and Head Monster 98.

Weight

For a ski in this class, the Vantage 97 Ti isn’t coming in at a ridiculously low weight, but it’s still significantly lighter than some all-mountain options like the Blizzard Bonafide, Volkl Mantra M5, J Skis Masterblaster, and Head Monster 98.

For reference, here are some of our measured weights for a few notable skis, and do keep in mind the lengths of each model:

1585 & 1586 Head Kore 93, 180 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1896 & 1919 Dynastar Legend X96, 186 cm (17/18-18/19)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 189 cm (18/19)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19)
1943 & 1968 Liberty VMT 92, 186 cm (18/19)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97, 188 cm (18/19)
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18-18/19)
2344 & 2367 J Skis Masterblaster, 187 cm (17/18-18/19)
2373 & 2397 Head Monster 98, 184 cm (17/18)

Bottom Line (For Now)

Overall, the Vantage 97 Ti has a strong flex pattern, and this ski looks like it means business.

Based on its rocker profile, flex pattern, shape, and weight, the Atomic Vantage 97 Ti looks like it should provide a powerful ride on piste, though we’re more curious about how it will feel in more challenging and variable conditions all across the mountain.

We’ve started getting time on the Vantage 97 Ti, so check out our Flash Review below, and let us know about anything you’d like us to address in our full review.

Flash Review: Atomic Vantage 97 Ti

Blister members can now read our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review of the Vantage 97 Ti, with comparisons between it and the Dynastar Legend X96.

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