2018 Atomic Vantage 90 CTI W Women's Skis 2018 Atomic Vantage 90 CTI W Women's Skis

2018 Atomic Vantage 90 CTI W Women’s Skis

The Women’s Vantage 90 CTI from Atomic is part of their versatile all mountain collection. These skis are designed to grip like a carving ski, but with a more versatile feel and the ability to ski off-piste terrain. While the Vantage X collection holds a little more power, and is a little narrower for true carving, the Vantage series will allow women to explore the entire mountain without anything major holding them back. We had a series of women out on the Vantage 90 CTI throughout our Ski Test and they each highlighted certain aspects of the ski.

Ali Berlin, a long time Ski Instructor, feels that they are a “good ski for advanced intermediate skiers that could grow with them onto more difficult terrain.” The Vantage 90 CTI does have both Carbon Tank Mesh and Atomic’s Titanium Backbone and have the ability to hold up to pretty aggressive skiing, but are also quite approachable and forgiving enough for developing skiers. Ali felt the skis really shined when making “long sweeping turns across the hill” and added that they “did respond well to a short radius turn.” On the other hand, Ali did feel like she could push the ski past its comfort zone and experienced a small amount of instability at really high speeds.

Chloe Wexler’s opinions almost mirrored Ali’s, although she focused more on how much fun she had on the ski and how neutral it is. Chloe’s first comment was that they are an “all around neutral ski” and that they feel “playful, fun, and quick.” Chloe did experience similar instability that Ali did, but these are both pretty aggressive, expert women skiers and Chloe was skiing the 162 cm length, which might be a touch short for her. Chloe commented, “felt a little uncomfortable at high speeds”, but added that they are “really fun at slower speeds: light and poppy.” Chloe and Ali both gave the Vantage 90 CTI high scores for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, forgiveness, and versatility, which we think is a good way to describe the ski.

Despite Chloe and Ali’s concerns with stability, the Carbon Tank Mesh and Titanium Backbone 2.0 does give the ski a relatively solid feel. Kristi Brown, who skis with an impressive level of finesse (our women testers rip, if you haven’t picked up on that yet), skied the women’s Vantage 90 CTI on arguably the worst conditions of the entire test: the first run on day two on some pretty frozen, ungroomed crud. Kristi agreed that the skis feel very neutral, commenting that they have a “consistent flex point”. On the other hand, Kristi didn’t have any issues with stability or edge grip saying that the “edges held with no surprises.” It’s been said that Kristi skis with so much finesse that she could hold an edge on a 2×4, so we think it’s important to consider Ali and Chloe’s comments alongside Kristi’s.  It’s also interesting to note that Kristi was skiing the longest 170 cm length.

We think the Atomic Vantage 90 CTI W is going to be a great choice for intermediate and up women skiers who don’t feel like the need the stiffest, heaviest, strongest all mountain skis, but still want something that can hold up to relatively aggressive skiing. While they might not hold an edge like a race ski, the Vantage 90 CTI W gives skiers the tool they need to explore the entire mountain without feeling held back.

Testers

Kristi Brown Ski Tester Headshot Image

Kristi Brown

Age: 48Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Katrine Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 53Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 168 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Ali Berlin Ski Tester Headshot Image

Ali Berlin

Age: 40Height: 5'"Weight: 110 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast Frontside Free Spirit

Chloe Wexler Ski Tester Headshot Image

Chloe Wexler

Age: 26Height: 5'4"Weight: 115 lbs.

Ski Style: Ripping mogul skier, very precise, hard to keep up with

7 Comments on the “2018 Atomic Vantage 90 CTI W Women’s Skis”

  1. Hi! I’m a long time expert skier looking for an all mountain ski that’s great in the bumps, but holds up in crud. Would you recommend these? I’m 5’7” and 128 lbs.

    1. Hi Lisa!
      Yup! Great combination of nimbleness and stability. A bit on the stiff side, but that’s what you’re looking for as an expert looking for all-mountain versatility! Take care!
      SE

  2. Hi, I’d say I’m on the upper level of intermediate and on the lower end of advanced (Primarily ski on blacks and blues). I’ve been skiing ~5yrs, but regularly skiing (Once a week/once every other week) these past two seasons. I’m 5’9″, 135lbs and I’ve been skiing on a pair of Atomic Vantage X 74s, but I’m looking for something that has a better handle in the park/glades/backcountry of northern New England (#skitheeast). Would you say these skis are are a good step up from the X 74 for someone who’s gone from beginner to int advanced and is looking to improve their skills? Or do you have other models you’d recommend I look into?
    Thank you!
    Anne

    1. Hi Anne!
      The Vantage 90 is a great option for your next ski! They’re light, quick, and stable thanks to the carbon and titanium laminate. You’ll notice a lot more responsiveness from this ski, and you’ll love the extra width for flotation and general fun. Also check out the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 and the K2 Alluvit 88 for comparison, but you’re on the right track for sure!
      Have fun!
      SE

  3. hi, I am a advanced intermediate but probably lower end but do ski certain blacks, survive is how my husband would say I ski the steeper ones, 75% – 80% ones or those with large ice ptches. I am 5ft 3, a average weight of around 8 1/2 stone (54kg-54.7) looking for a pair of all mountain skies to take me into the powder free zone areas and the world of off-piste skiing.I have eyes on a pair of 2018 atomic vantage 90 cti 161cm.( £305 with binding) Currently ski on a pair of nordica mints 154cm 74 underfoot. I am not the most aggressive of skier or the fastest ( not the slowest either) but can work on these if needs be.I would like the new skis to take me off piste but also improve my curving skills on piste and give me the confidence to go faster. i do wish to still be able to relax from time to time and take some steady run down the piste to enjoy the scenes (or just have fun over some natural bumps getting little airtime) Reading reviews i am concerned i have the wrong skis. i.e to stiff for my skiing/wieght. not floating well in powder. Have i made a mistake or are these a good buy for me

    1. Hi Wendy!
      I’d peg these skis as on the high end of what you should be looking for. They are pretty stiff, so beware of that. They will, however, be very stable and damp, so if you are improving, you’ll be able to ski on these and probably not max out their performance. Check out the Vantage X 80 from Atomic as well, this is a narrower, more forgiving ski that sounds more in line with what you’re looking for. The Nordica Astral 78 or 84 are other light, good performers that you might be interested in. Your mid-150’s sizing sounds about right to me!
      Happy skiing!
      SE

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