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: (a) the new, 100mm-underfoot Vantage 100 CTi, which effectively takes the place of the current 103mm-underfoot Ritual, and (b) the new Vantage 95 C, which replaces the Vantage Theory.)
New Core Construction (and some Amazeballs Marketing Terms)
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 100 CTi
The Vantage 100 CTi 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.
And in the category of “Comment that Most Got Our Attention at SIA,” Jake Strassburger, Atomic’s alpine category manager, claims the new Vantage 100 is the best ski Atomic has ever made.
Since Atomic’s been making skis since the dawn of time, that’s one hell of a claim.
So yeah, we’re curious.
For now, take a look at the specs, graphics, and rocker profile of the Vantage 100 CTi below:
Ski: 2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 100 CTi
Available Lengths: 172, 180, & 188cm
Stated Dimensions (mm):
- 139.5-100-126.5 (188cm length)
- 138-100-125 (180cm length)
- 136.5-100-123.5 (172cm length)
Stated Sidecut Radii:
- 19 meters (188cm length)
- 18 meters (180cm length
- 16.9 meters ( 172cm length)
Stated Weight per Ski: 1,950 grams / ski (188cm length)