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ATOMIC ALIBI- flex/review??
Ex racer, looking for a east coast all-mountain midfat ski that can carve well, but also twin tip/close to centermounted (-3 or 4) so that they're fun on jumps. I recently bought a pair of old Rossignol S5's-which were great-but they snapped after a month. These Atomics seem to be the ticket.
Has anybody ridden them and can comment on their carving/how the ski? Or has anybody at least flexed them? A couple reviews describe their flex as "soft" but I have a feeling they're decently stiff, so I wanted to get an idea of what the flex is like.
They could be an ok option for what your looking for. They carve well although they are on the softer side so your not goin to be driving them super hard. I would say mid flex underfoot and mid/soft in the tip and tail. They are certainly a fun ski but for what you are looking for I may suggest you look the blizzard peacemaker. Those skis rip so hard but you can still have a load of fun on them.
While I do work for Atomic, I will give you my honest experience/opinion on them.
I'm (was) also an east coast (Vermont) skier and prior to working for Atomic I would ski almost exclusively on Volkl Mantras, the Line Prophet 100, and similarly built skis. I always want a ski that can rip groomers, be stable at speed, while at the same time offering decent float in powder when I don't bring a dedicated pow ski. For me, that tends to equate to wood-core, metal laminate skis in the 98-102mm waist width.
The Alibi was my personal ski for 3 seasons, and it was my first daily driver that had tip & tail rocker (Mantras were full camber up until this point). I'm 5'10" & 180lbs and found that I had to ski in the longest length (187cm) to have the stability I wanted, which was not out of the ordinary since I had to ski the Mantra in the 184cm and Prophet in the 186cm to achieve the same thing. What I did notice over the Mantra or Prophet was how much easier the ski behaved in powder and chop. It was always stable, but given its tip rocker it stayed above the snow a bit easier (with less effort) and its tail rocker allowed me to slash a bit easier than before too. I would say the Mantra would haul at top speed a bit better on pure hard snow but was less fun in the tight trees or open pow areas.
I never really took it off park jumps, but I can imagine it be ok-ish for that. It's not the lightest ski out there, but definitely and noticeably lighter than its slightly bigger brother the Ritual. That was the ski I thought I would originally ski, but it never jived with me the way the Alibi did.
Given the Alibi's tip & tail rocker, combined with a slight twin tip, it will feel a bit softer when doing the flex test on the show room floor but I never really felt a flex difference between the Mantra or Prophet or Alibi when skiing on snow. But I will say that it does feel slightly softer than our new Vantage series. The new skis are more like the older, cambered Mantra in their general ski feel overall. So, I would say if you are looking for a more playful ski in the all-mountain mid-fat category then if you can score one of the Alibis in your size (and most likely on sale at this point) then it would be a fun set up for sure.
not gonna lie on3p filthy riches carve nice and can charge down the mountain without feeling unstable even though they have nice rocker too them. get em
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