Most of the major brands in skiing, especially those involved with racing, have consumer versions of their FIS race skis. These skis typically have shorter available lengths as well as shorter turn radii compared to their FIS-certified brethren. That’s how you could describe the Redster G9 from Atomic, but just because it’s not a full-on FIS ski doesn’t mean it lacks power. Atomic uses their Power Woodcore, a full sidewall, their Servotec technology, and its, as Atomic would say, Ultra Titanium Powered. The Servotec technology is a rod on the forebody of the ski that’s connected to an elastomer near the toe piece. The idea is to essentially preload the ski with energy so it’s ready to go as soon as you initiate a turn. We had some awesome snow conditions for testing these frontside-focused skis.
Marcus Shakun skied the 183 cm, which is the longest length available in the Redster G9. You’re going to notice some trends throughout the feedback from our testers, and they all surround power and performance. “Can’t over-ski this ski. Never a question of stability at any speed or edge grip.” Marcus gave the Redster G9 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. His only low scores were for flotation and forgiveness, which makes a lot of sense. “Still, but damp in the shovel. You will know if you get in the backseat.” The power achieved by this ski comes along with a demanding feel. Intermediates will likely find it to be too much ski, but experts will love it. “Most trusting ski at high speed on edge. Quick edge to edge and energetic out of a turn.”
Justin Perry opted for the 177 cm length when it came time to test the Redster G9. His scores were very similar to Marcus’, high marks for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression, but low scores for both flotation and forgiveness. No one’s buying this for their powder ski, and beginners need not apply, so we’re perfectly okay with those scores. “Fast with incredible edge grip. Literally no speed limit on these with zero chatter.” That’s what we’re looking for in a high end frontside carving ski!
Mike Thomas, a skier with plenty of years of formal racing and ski-bum racing under his belt, was thoroughly impressed after testing the 183 cm length. “Best narrow ski so far!” We don’t know where the Redster G9 fell in Mike’s list of skis to test, but we consider that high praise. “Smooth and powerful. Perfect if you want a frontside race-like GS ski.” Like Justin and Marcus, we also saw 5’s out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression from Mr. Thomas.
Once again, those same top marks came from James Stewart, who also tested the 183 cm length. He called it a “beer league weapon,” which couldn’t be truer. The 19.4-meter turn radius in the 183 cm length James was on is typically perfect for local beer-league GS courses. We know from experience that’s ideal for our series here in Stowe. “This ski has unbelievable dampness. It’s super-quiet at alarming speeds. Good for weekday mornings so you don’t have too many obstacles at warp speed.”
While you don’t necessarily have to ski them on a weekday morning, the Redster G9 loves speed and loves wide open trails. Letting them run unlocks their true potential. They’re not the best or most practical at slower speeds, and if you’re still working on achieving true carving turns, it’s probably not for you either. If you’re comfortable driving a ski, comfortable with speed, and want race-level performance out of your frontside skis, they’re hard to beat.