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2019 Atomic Vantage X 86 Ti Skis

New for 2019, the Atomic Vantage X 86 Ti joins a competitive list of similar skis that all perform quite well. Offered as a system ski with a Warden binding, the Vantage X 86 Ti is a strong on-trail performer that is willing and capable of exploring any and all terrain. The biggest tweak for this year is a raised edge profile with a center cutout. This puts more pressure over the edges and makes for a lighter swing weight. The end result is a strong, powerful ski that loves to be brought up to speed in order to maximize its potential. In a deep field of mid-80 mm underfoot hybrid-type skis, the Atomic Vantage X 86 Ti stands out because of its stability, quickness, and playful nature.

Bob St.Pierre skied the 181 cm length and found it to be “solid and stable—very predictable” giving the ski high stability and torsional stiffness scores. At 215 pounds, Bob’s not a light skier, but found the ski had the chops to hold up to some serious torque. He added that the ski “did not have as much rebound as I was hoping for, but much fun nonetheless.” If you find a ski that you have fun on, nothing else really matters.

Jake Inger tested the Vantage X 86 Ti in the 173 cm length and marveled at the floatation of the ski. He remarked that it is a “really light all-mountain ski. It holds an edge well through all kinds of snow, making both quick and long turns easily and playfully.” He found it a bit stiff and one-dimensional, but if that one dimension is on-trail ripping, then no love lost.

Charlie Roy, a technically strong skier, spoke volumes about the ski: “This ski is a great Stowe ski! Rips the groomers, damp in the crud, and has a light enough swing weight for the bumps and trees.” That’s a pretty glowing review, to be sure. He continues by saying that “this ski is great for advanced and expert skiers looking to ski East Coast steeps. I love the smooth, planted feeling in all conditions.” So Charlie goes so far as to put a location preference, which is great, but that shouldn’t deter western skiers from considering the Vantage X 86 Ti as an everyday on-trail ski whatsoever.

Devin Gleason ripped a few runs on the 181 cm length Vantage and found it to be stiff (which he liked) and gave it high marks in quickness and playfulness. Overall, his opinion that the skis “carved really well on icy groomers” resonates well with the eastern/hard snow crowd. The titanium aspect of the ski stuck out to him and he noticed that as a result of the construction, the skis were “very light and fast.” Devin noticed that the ski was somewhat of a chameleon—that it was able to be multiple different things at the same time. At 86 mm underfoot, he found that the ski lacked in flotation, but was willing to overlook the deficiency based on its other merits.

Overall, we found the general consensus on the Atomic Vantage X 86 Ti to be one of enthusiastic optimism. Testers loved the performance on hard snow, but also remarked at how well it performed in variable and softer conditions. In a deep and talented field of mid-80 mm waisted skis with metal laminates, the Atomic created its own character that is certainly pleasing to a lot of different skiers.

Testers

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot

Michael Rooney

Age: 71Height: 6'"Weight: 162 lbs.

Ski Style: : Fast and precise with a racing background

Jake Inger SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jake Inger

Age: 20Height: 5'11"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and energetic

Devin Gleason

Age: 36Height: 5'11"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and fun with an adventurous spirit

Charlie Roy SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Charlie Roy

Age: 27Height: 6'1"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Technical, fast, with smooth looking turns

Bob St.Pierre SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 40Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

11 Comments on the “2019 Atomic Vantage X 86 Ti Skis”

  1. I have been demoing skis for a bit and fell in love with the Vokle RTM 86’s. I thought I would try one more pair and the ski shop recommended the Atomic Vantage X 86 Ti . I was impressed with these skis. Nice edge grip, easy to turn and very stable. I am 6′ 220 and road the 173’s. I am having a tough time finding the 181’s and wondering if I should go to the longer length and the choice between the Volkle/Atomic. I like the bumps, groomed, don’t go into the trees much any more. I ski in the New England with an occasional trip out west. Help me decide 🙂

    1. Hi Greg!
      Tough call given that you liked the 173, but based on your size, I’d try to track down the 181. I assume you skied the 182 RTM 86? The Vantage will behave quite similar in the same length. Between the two, I’ve always felt that the RTM is a bit more trail-oriented while the Vantage had a bit more versatility. Hope that helps!
      SE

      1. Yes I skied the 182 RTMs. I did like the Vantage a lot. Probably will start looking for a pair.. Thanks for the reply.

  2. Dear SkiEssentials team,

    I am 6’6” and 185 lbs and I am an advanced skier, who spends most of my time on piste carving turns (preferably various radii) with some speed (not racing) and sometimes ski bumps, crud and powder. I have already tested these skis once and really liked them, but that was on a simple small slope here in the Netherlands. I have also tested other skis, but didn’t like them as much. However, I am still not sure. I am also considering the Atomic Vantage X 83 CTi. I’ve read that that ski would better suit the lighter and finesse skiers (https://www.pugski.com/threads/2019-atomic.8731/). I am not sure whether I fall into that category. I am tall for sure, but am I considered heavy or light? Also I don’t ski that fast anymore and I like to make somewhat slower and smaller turns as well. Is that what they call “finesse skiers”?
    Also what length ski would you recommend for my posture?

    Many thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Carel!
      The Vantage has metal and carbon in it, so it’s pretty stiff, and very adept at carving. Due to your height, I’d get the longest length, the 182. Yes, I’d say the shorter swing turning skier would be considered “finesse,” especially if they are in control and doing it on purpose. They’ll handle a lot of different turn shapes and styles as well as varying speeds. I’d say those are great skis for you!
      Have fun!
      SE

      1. Hi SE,
        Thank you for your fast reply. Just to be sure, you recommend the Vantage X 83 CTi, in length 182. Am I not likely to overpower it?

        Thanks again for your help!

      2. Hi Carel!
        I think you’ll really enjoy the Vantage X 83 in the 182. That’s the longest length in that model, so if you’re looking for a longer ski, then that’s a different story. You do have a tricky height/weight ratio, but if you skied the 86 and liked it, my guess is that you’ll like the 83 as well. Have fun!
        SE

  3. I am looking for new skis and am debating between the Vantage X 86 and the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti and would like your advice. I am an advanced skier that skis in the East (so mostly on groomed runs) but I like to ride the glades and go off piste when the conditions are right. I am 5’9″ and 165lbs. Would you recommend one over the other?

    1. Hi Louis!
      The Vantage is lighter than the Experience, that’s the main difference. Atomic’s new construction makes them very light, with the metal laminate keeping it stable and smooth at speed. I’d say the Rossignol is the more versatile of the two–better at trees and off-piste conditions, but not by much. If you plan on staying on-trail more, the Vantage will probably be a bit better, but if you are looking for a more versatile all-mountain ski that still carves quite well, the Experience is pretty nice. Hope that helps!
      SE

  4. Hello,

    I just came back from the store and a Rep recommended this ski and the Dynastar Legend 88. I ski mostly the East coast and I want a ski that will allow me to go on groomers but also in powder and glades once in a while.

    Can you compare these two skis? Which one would you recommend? Also, I’m 5’6″ and 180 lbs, what length would be good for me?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Eric!
      You’ll find more similarities than differences ultimately. Both have wood cores with two sheets of metal, and both are around the same shape. The Legend has more of a 5-point sidecut, so you can control the turn radius better, and this gives it an advantage in moguls and trees. They’re both pretty stiff. The Vantage X comes as a system ski, so the bindings will weigh more than if you get the Legend as a flat ski and add a binding. It also comes as an available system, depending on where you look. When the binding is integrated into the ski as a system, you do sacrifice some weight. I’d say the Atomic is better for on-trail skiing while the Dynastar is better for moguls and woods. Anything around 170 cm would be a good length for you. Hope that helps!
      SE

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