2020 Atomic Redster G9

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.


Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

James Stewart

Age: 30Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, playful, and fun to follow

Mike Thomas

Age: 50Height: 6'3"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Upright, fluid, nimble, and powerful

Justin Perry

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive all-mountain freeride

4 Comments on the “2020 Atomic Redster G9”

  1. I’m curious about your thought on the Stockli GS vs the G9 – especially in terms of power, rebound and energy in the turn.

    1. Hi Pete!
      I wouldn’t take the Stockli too far out of a race course, while the G9 has a bit more versatility and user-friendliness. If you can drive a ski, you’ll get better rebound and energy out of the Stockli, but that’s going to be a full-time job. You’ll have a little leisure time on the Atomic. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Gents,
    I have a 2018 HEAD Supershape I.Titan in 177cm which I completely adore. Very easy to ski and plenty of support on edge and at higher speed. I’m looking for something a little shorter and a little different yet offering full control at high speed.
    I and am considering the Atomic Redster G9 in 171cm, does this maeks sense to you. 50 years old, pretty aggressive skier and often on icy conditions in my world. I’m thinking the S7 might be too demanding and nervous. Would I still be able to ski the G9 at rather small-medium turns when required but spend most of the time on larger radius
    Thanks very much!

    1. HI Yanick!
      I think if you’re downsizing in the G9, the shorter turns will be easier to come by without sacrificing too much in the top end. Have fun!

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