2018 Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI 2018 Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI

2018 Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI Skis

The Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI is the narrower of two skis that sit at the top of the Vantage X all mountain carving line. These two skis offer incredible energy and snappy performance on groomers thanks to the Carbon Tank Mesh, Titanium Backbone 2.0, and a slew of other technology designed to support quickness, torsional stiffness, and overall energy. Atomic refers to the ski as a powerful and versatile ride that can handle both on-piste and some light off-piste terrain thanks to its 80 mm width. Our testers predominantly skied them on firm snow, but we did get a chance to put them to the test in some variable conditions as well.

David Wolfgang skied the 180 cm length and gave the Vantage X CTI high scores for all categories, with versatility being a slight exception. He didn’t, however, score it low for versatility, just right in the middle. He was most impressed by the performance of the ski on firm snow and its ability to make different turn shapes. He commented that the ski “transitions from short turns to wide GS turns with ease.” For a ski that leans towards being a frontside carving ski David did comment on its ability to ski different snow conditions and was impressed by its ability to be “quiet on the frozen corduroy and buttery in the soft snow.”

Benny Wax echoed David’s thoughts regarding the skis ability in soft snow. He commented that they felt “very forgiving” for a carving ski and that they had “easy turn initiation”. Benny Wax even went as far as saying that they “like softer snow”. While we think the 80 mm waist width is geared more towards use on groomers than other terrain, it’s nice to know they have the ability to venture off the hard pack and into some softer snow once in a while.

Steve Brown, one of our biggest testers coming in at 6’6” and 235 lbs agreed that they are easy to ski and commented that they make “fun turn shapes”. Steve skied a 180 cm ski, which he did say felt a little short for his size, but found that he was able to manipulate the ski into multiple turn shapes with easy. He also was impressed by the responsiveness and quickness of the Vantage X 80 CTI saying that you can make the ski “as quick or as slow as you want it to be from turn to turn.”

Now although we’ve touched a lot on forgiveness and versatility here, it’s important to remember that this is a relatively aggressive ski. Marcus Shakun was most impressed by its ability on the hard pack, quickly giving the ski the title of “high speed railer”. After spending some time on the 180 cm length he said that they felt “unbelievably quick edge to edge” and that you “don’t need to question edge hold.” He had the most fun making “short powerful turns” and commented that they felt “lively and energetic”. Marcus, however, didn’t fall into the same thought pattern as our other testers in terms of versatility and forgiveness, commenting that the ski “doesn’t allow for errors in mixed snow.” There is a good chance Marcus skied the Vantage X 80 CTI in the worst conditions of the test, which would certainly warrant such a statement.

Marcus has a nice closing statement about who the ski is best for saying that they’ll be good “for one that loves speed and energy in a ski with precision.” To go along with that we can add that it’s a great choice for skiers looking for that feeling out of a carving ski, but still want to retain the ability to jump off the groomers and ski some softer snow conditions.


Benny Wax Ski Tester Headshot Image

Benny Wax

Age: 67Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Marcus Shakun Ski Tester Headshot Image

Marcus Shakun

Age: 37Height: 6'5"Weight: 210 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Steve Brown Ski Tester Profile Photo

Steve Brown

Age: 26Height: 6'6"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, smooth, and swingy down the fall line

David Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

David Wolfgang

Age: 65Height: 6'3"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

41 Comments on the “2018 Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI Skis”

  1. Hi,

    I want to get the Atomic Vantage x80. I’m 185cm and weigh around 88-92kg (I fluctuate and haven’t weighed myself in a while!). I’m an intermediate to lower advanced looking to improve my carving and general technique on the piste. I’m fairly aggressive and fast and enjoy both long and short turns.

    I don’t know if I should get the 173cm or 180cm? I feel like a 176cm would have been the sweet spot and in my head, getting a 180 seems a bit long. I have never skied anything that size before and it will basically be as tall as me… I know it’s hard to advise but what would you recommend?

    1. Hi James!
      If you’re fairly aggressive, I don’t think the 180 will be too long. They’re still under your height, and you seem to have enough size to warrant the longer length. You’ll appreciate the stability at speed more than the shorter length for sure. Have fun!

  2. Hello,

    I am about to buy a pair of 2019 Atomic Vantage X 83 CTi but was recommended TI over CTI skis since these would be too soft for me. I’m 190cm tall and weigh just below 100kgs. What is your opinion on this?

    1. Hi Mathias!
      There’s a lot going on with Atomic’s system of naming skis. There’s the Ti, which is a wood and metal construction, a CTi, which is wood, carbon, and metal, and then there’s the C which is wood and carbon. The 83 for 2019 only comes in a CTi, so it does have the metal and carbon construction. I think they’ll be stiff enough for someone with your stats. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi, i’m looking forward to buy my first skis. I mainly ski on blue and red slopes and I like going down the slope zigzagging from side to side , not really looking for high speeds but having fun with the little jumps on the sides of the slopes and sometimes off piste. I prefer the skis a bit shorter for better turns even though they might be slower and I thought the Atomic X80 cti could be interesting. I’m 21, 188 cm and 74 kg. Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Jamie!
      If you’re on-piste, the Vantage X 80 is a great choice! They’ve got a bit of width to them, so you’ll love the versatility as well as the on-piste control. You could probably ski the 180 at your height, but if you prefer shorter size, then go ahead and size down. Have fun!

  4. Hi guys, I’m looking to purchase this ski set but I’m doubting what length (166 or 173). I’m 178 cm, 77kg, boot size 42,5 and intermediate skier. 80% on piste, I like all types of pistes and like long speedy turns on groomed slopes and short turns on more challenging pistes (like a black piste with a lot of bumps). What do you recommend?

    1. Hi Yannick!
      It depends on your level of aggressiveness. If you are on the more aggressive, hard-charger side, go with the 173, but if you are more mellow, the 166 is the better option. Hope that helps!

  5. Greetings all.
    Current dilemma I leave for Japan in 15 days and am currently skiing Ranger TI 90 from 2017.
    A fantastic light ski but fear that as an intermediate (90kgs 182 h) really need to initiate a small tight turn at moderate speed on tighter road decents than wide long turns.I have read the reviews on Volkl RTM 79s and 81s,are their any options for a fella that doesnt have too much need for speed but would prefer to be in control of tight turn on tight paths..to prevent the runaway train.any suggestions for a decent plank.
    The Rangers were more floaty and I had to work hard to find the edge grip.

    1. Tough dilemma, Ross!
      The Atomic is a great choice, and will be stable over firm conditions. Have you checked out the Nordica Navigator 85? These are great all-mountain skis that have a wider shovel and a firmer tail that make them float well in soft snow, but carve nicely when the conditions get hard. There are a lot of options in the ~85mm underfoot arena, and the Navigator is at the top of a lot of lists. Let me know!

  6. I am an advanced skier, 5’9” 190# and currently ski 2016 Fischer 159×80 and am looking to purchase new skis that are good in the trees and moguls on east coast variable conditions

    1. Hi DB

      Are you thinking about the Vantage X 80? In my opinion, this ski is more focused on firm snow performance than versatility for trees and moguls. Check out the Head Kore 93, Rustler 9, Enforcer 93, QST 92 and other skis in that width range. You’re going to get much more versatility out of those skis for moguls and trees, and you still get enough firm snow performance too.

      Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.


  7. Hi guys, great reviews! I’m looking to finally get my first set of skis. I’ve been skiing regularly since I was 5 so am confident on all slopes but never really paid much attention to rental ski types as I always ask for good carving skis. I spend most of my time (80%) on piste but if I’m buying want the ability for a little off piste. Mainly ski in Europe but am going to Japan this winter to try some powder. I love doing long wide carves and short turns when the situation allows. I’ve been looking for at the Atomic Vantage X80 vs Saloman XDR 80 or Rossingnol Experience 80. Would you have a suggestion if there is a better one? I’m 6ft and 90kgs. Cheers, Chris

    1. Awesome, Chris!
      When you’re in the same segment in terms of skis between companies, you tend to find pretty similar stuff. They all have different feels and characters, but mainly they’re quite the same. Personally, I prefer the Salomon XDR 80 of those three. I like how they have a trapezoidal shape for some reason. They do not have a full sheet of metal, so the tips and tails are easier to maneuver. The Atomics are great, too, they have a mesh of carbon and titanium that adds stiffness, but not a ton of weight. As far as the Rossignol is concerned, their shape is much more “carving” oriented, so that might be something that you like. The sidecut on those skis is very pronounced from tip to tail, so they aren’t as playful or versatile as the other two. Overall, I’d recommend the Salomon, and due to your size, I’d suggest the 179 length. Happy skiing!

  8. Hey! Thanks for all the great reviews.

    I’m comparing between getting this Atomic Ski, the K2 iKonic 85 Ti (the 2016/17 version), and the Rossignol Experience 84 HD. I ski mostly in East coast conditions including Ontario, Quebec & the northeastern United States. I am 6’1″, 205lbs and am an intermediate-advanced skier, so I am looking at a 177cm to 180cm ski length. I definitely like to ski groomed runs & glades, and the conditions certainly deteriorate into crud later in the day on many hills that I ski.

    Do you have any input on which of those 3 skis you think would be best suited to my ability and type of skiing?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Mike!
      Of those three, the K2 sounds like it fits your style the best. You get the good groomer performance, and the 85 mm underfoot width will help when the conditions get cut up. The Rossignol is more carvy than the K2, and likes to be on-trail and on edge a bit more. The K2 is a little more playful, so when you get in the woods, it’s easier to maneuver. The Atomics are a great product, and if you’re spending almost all of your time on-piste, they’d be a better choice than the other two on your list. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi, I’ve been reading some of your reviews and comments and would like to say thank you for all the information, really helpful. I’m looking to buy my first skis as I’ve rented until now. I’m intermediate and looking for a ski to progress on. I’d like to improve my carving and control on black runs. I’d also like to continue work on off piste technique. We’re living in Toronto for the year so will be skiing locally and up at Mont Tremblant and Blue Mountains but will then return to Europe. I’m 185cm and 78kg, would you recommend these in the 173? What about the Rossignol experience 84s? Should I just concentrate on a more piste ordinated ski like the Atomic Redster or Rossignol Elite? Thank you for your help

    1. Hi Paul!
      I’d steer clear of the Redster and Rossi Elite for now–they won’t help you progress and enjoy the sport as much as the other models on your list. The Vantage X 80 is a great choice.
      Stick to that 80-85 mm underfoot front side ski and you’ll have a lot more success and fun. The Nordica Navigator 80 comes to mind as well due to it’s stable, solid, and light-weight nature. Good luck and happy skiing!

  10. Hi, I am 65 and a strong upper intermediate/advanced skier, though with lower back problems these days having some effect on my skiing. I am currently on a Volkl RTM80 all mountain carver, usually in the French Alps – say 80% piste/moguls and 20% light off piste. I am looking at either the Atomic Vantage X80 or Rossignol Experience HD84 as a new ski. I was thinking the 166cm Atomic, but not sure about the Rossignol as it goes from 162cm to 170cm with nothing in between. Any thoughts on which ski and size would be really appreciated…thanks Ron

    1. Hi Ron!

      What’s your height and weight? It’s somewhat tough to recommend ski length without that info.

      Happy to help, just let me know!


      1. Hi Ron!

        I wouldn’t expect you’d have any issue on the 170 cm Experience 84 HD if that’s the direction you end up going in. Pretty light swing weight, lighter than the Vantage X 80, so I think a 170 cm Experience 84 would be similarly manageable to the 166 cm Vantage X 80.

        Hope that helps!


  11. Hello,

    I have 225 lbs and 6’7’’. I started parallel skiing one year ago. Is it good ski for my level – Atomic Vantage X 80 and 180 cm? Should I buy this ski or maybe Atomic redster G7 +XT12 182cm or Atomic redster edge 183 cm or samething else for my level? What do you recommend for me? Thank you advance.

    1. Hello!

      I’d stick with the Vantage X 80 if you’re going to stay with Atomic. The Redsters can be pretty demanding and a little bit less versatile. I think the Vantage X 80 will give you a nice level of performance to continue to build your ability level. You really don’t want to get something too stiff as it would be somewhat of a deterrent to further progression.

      Hope that helps!


      1. Thank you very much for help! I have one more question: Is it good ski (Atomic Vantage X 80) for well-prepared ski slopes and is it good ski to learn carving?

      2. Hello!

        Yes, I think the Vantage X 80 would work as a ski to learn to carve on. It’s a little more advanced than a real entry-level carving ski, but not too challenging to ski.


  12. Hello, I would consider myself a good intermediate skier in all conditions. I currently have a pair of 2015 Atomic Alibi’s 173cm that I have fun in crud, powder, and groomers (Blues & Blacks). However, I struggle in the trees (maybe confidence) and would like to know if these would be sufficient and be easier with shorter quicker controlled turns? Basically looking for a good entry ski for trees.

    Thanks, SF

    1. Hi Steve!

      What’s your height and weight? The Vantage X 80 is much more of a carving ski than the Alibi. In my opinion the Alibi has better performance in terms of an entry level ski for trees. I would focus on getting a lightweight ski with quite a bit of tip and tail rocker. That’s going to give you the easier time in the trees as it will be the easiest type of ski to maneuver. The Vantage X 80 is mostly camber and uses some metal, so not necessarily easy to maneuver.

      The Elan Ripstick 86 comes to mind as a ski that could potentially work well for you. Where do you ski? I’m wondering how much snow you typically receive so I can kind of narrow down options by waist width.

      Let me know,


      1. SE, thanks for the reply. Living in Texas I only get out a couple weeks a year. We typically ski the Western part of the country. British Columbia, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. I would qualify as a good intermediate skier. I can ski blues and some blacks but just want to be a better tree skier with short confident turns.

      2. Hey Steve,

        Did you check out the Ripstick 86? I do think that could work really well for you. I would focus on getting something that’s lightweight with plenty of tip and tail rocker. That will allow you to make quick turns really easily in trees. Even something as wide as the Rossignol Sky 7 HD could work. Much wider than what you were originally looking at, but an excellent tree ski and perfectly appropriate for where you ski. If you don’t want to go that wide, however, I do think the Ripstick would be fun for you. I’ll let you know if anything else comes to mind.


      3. SE, I did check out the Ripstick 86 and really looks like a great place for me to start. Thank you for the great advice!!

  13. Hello!

    I m 5ft 9 and weight 169lb intermediate to advanced skier. I m not sure what size to choose, 166 or 173 cm . Can you please advise me into this ?Currently skiing the nomad randon ti 164 cm

    1. Hi Adrian!

      How would you describe yourself as a skier, outside of ability level? Do you like shorter turns? Longer turns? Spend most of your time on groomers? I think both lengths could potentially work, so just looking to learn a little bit more about you.


  14. Hello I am 6ft 1 and weigh 185lb intermediate to advanced skier. I liked the 173 but am wondering if i should get the 180. Thoughts?

    1. Hello!

      I do think on paper the 180 cm is probably the more appropriate length for you, but if you enjoyed the performance of the 173 cm there’s not a huge reason to size up. With carving skis like this sometimes people just prefer skiing shorter lengths, especially if you like making lots of short radius turns.

      Hope that helps!


  15. Hi, wondering if I could get some advice. I (5’5″, 120-125 pounds, perpetual advanced intermediate) demoed this ski in a 166. I always felt on the edge of *wanting* to love it, but felt like I couldn’t quite work it at low speeds. Was left thinking I may have had a different opinion if I skied the 159. Does that seem plausible?

    Based on the binding specs—my DIN is 5 or 6 depending on the ski and the tech—this seems like it may just be a ski designed for a larger, more physically powerful person than me. Currently skiing the OG Volkl AC20 in a 156.

    1. Hi Eric,

      Certainly seems plausible that you would like it more in a shorter length. The 166 cm length is about your height, or actually slightly taller, which is a bit long for a carving ski like this.

      There’s a lot more that goes into DIN setting than just level of aggressiveness. Your boot size is a big factor, so it’s hard to make a recommendation based off your DIN setting. I don’t necessarily think you’re too small to ski a Vantage X 80 by any means, but you may not be really driving it enough or giving the ski enough power.

      Ideally what are you looking for out of your new skis? You may want to go in a totally different direction? Where do you ski? Average terrain and snow conditions? Favorite turn shapes or style of skiing?

      Happy to help, let me know what you think.


  16. Great reviews! You guys gave me all the info to seal the deal on my getting this ski. Sounds like the perfect ski for my mountain and technique. Thanks guys

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