DonNutNow that we have someone in the know here, why does Atomic make their WC-raceskis cap? What are the factors that make them choose the construction which majority of other companies do not? (I don't think i've seen any other cap skis in WC in about 10years)
When it comes to racing, what is fast is what wins. And we always test for whatever will deliver the fastest skis, whether it is sidewall or cap. Currently with our skis(and Salomon since they use our skis in WC) we use cap construction in Slalom, GS, Super G, and Downhill and for a few athletes we make sidewall skis in Super G and Downhill. It all comes down to snow feel, confidence, and speed, and our athletes only care about those factors. They don't care if it has cap or sidewall- they just want the fastest skis possible. Right now our formula is built around a cap construction for all disciplines because it delivers the best snow feel, the most confidence, and fastest results.
If you look at Slalom for example, where there are insanely high edge grip and torsional stability requirements, none of our athletes (including Men's and Women's Slalom Globe winners Marcel and Mikaela) want our ski in sidewall. They prefer the cap version.