The 2020 Atomic Vantage 82 Ti is one of the narrowest skis in Atomic’s line of all-mountain skis. A narrower ski is quicker edge to edge, which generally makes it perform at a higher level on firm snow and when linking carving turns. Atomic’s Vantage line is relatively unique in its construction, using their Energy Backbone and Titanium Tank Mesh in a technique that features raised portions along the edges of the ski and a very thin channel in the center of the ski. This drastically reduces weight compared to some competitor’s skis, giving the Vantage series a very responsive, quick feel. As we’ve seen in other models in the Vantage line, this construction can deliver high levels of stability and edge grip without the extra mass that comes along with a traditional sandwich-construction ski with metal.
David Wolfgang tested the 174 cm length and first noted that he “normally skis on a 180 cm (or longer) ski.” Sometimes a guy like David will feel unstable on a length in the mid-170s, but that wasn’t the case with the Vantage 82 Ti. “I am a big guy, but boy can this ski rip in the 174 cm length.” That comment was supported by David’s scores for the Vantage. Every category received a 4 out of 5, with quickness/maneuverability being the sole exception and earning a 5 out of 5. Those are impressive scores coming from an experienced skier like David. “A total all-mountain winner. The ski was quick and stable in all turns and a whole lot of fun.”
Benny Wax was also on the 174 cm length and was most impressed by its ability to make different turn shapes on groomers. He referred to it as a “light, versatile ski,” and went on to say that “on groomers, the ski was very versatile. Adapted well to short and long radius turns.” The length Benny was testing has a 17.5-meter turn radius, which is a great shape for those who like to vary their turn shapes. It also sounds like Benny had no problem gas-pedaling it into shorter carving turns, which is a characteristic we always value in a ski like the Vantage 82 Ti. He also thought it was “very stable,” although did mention that this construction isn’t as damp feeling as skis that use full sheets of metal in their construction.
Michael Rooney also skied the 174 cm length and thought the Vantage 82 Ti would be a good choice for an intermediate to advanced level skier who spends most of their time on groomers, but wants a little more versatility than a narrower carving ski. He mentioned it was “forgiving when you need it to be,” but also that it makes “a good railroad carve when you push it.” That’s perfect for skiers who love making carving turns, but don’t want to feel locked in to said carves. You can release the tail edge easily to dump speed and make a more skidded turn. Michael also found it had great stability, giving it a 5 out of 5 for that category and commenting that “you won’t have any troubles with chunky snow.”
Mike Aidala, another tester who was on the 174 cm length, gave it full marks for both stability and quickness/versatility. “The Vantage 82 Ti was super fun in the 174 cm length.” Mike is another skier that typically is on a slightly longer length ski, but that didn’t take anything away from his experience on the Vantage. “Very quick in and out of every turn. I felt the tails really launched you into the next turn if you step on it. These are a great option for powerful, aggressive frontside skiers looking for versatility. Two thumbs up.”
Whether you fall into the category Mike is describing or you’re more of an intermediate level skier, the Vantage 82 Ti is a whole lot of fun. Experts will appreciate its ability to make different turn shapes and its responsiveness when you power it up. Intermediates will appreciate its forgiveness and the way it helps them develop their carves and technique. All in all, it’s a fantastic, lightweight all-mountain ski that loves to rip groomers.