2020 Atomic Vantage 82 Ti

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.

Testers

Benny Wax

Age: 68Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Mike Aidala

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

David Wolfgang

Age: 67Height: 6'3"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

10 Comments on the “2020 Atomic Vantage 82 Ti”

  1. love your site; I depend on your reviews.
    My review is for the 2019 83 CTI.(Vantage. I’m 5’8″, 200 lbs. 66 yrs old, skiing for 62 yrs. This is part of my 2 ski quiver.
    I’m a turn geek, albeit, not as aggressive as I once was.
    I look for a ski that is exacting in its execution and edge hold to ski groomed snow how and where I want. I also prefer a ski that I can do a short edge set and pivot (especially in the steeper runs)..Finding both is not always easy…Note, you need to ski this ski correctly, but it doesn’t require 35 yr old strength and stamina to get the most out of it…..It’s not the best at everything…it’s more than competent at anything though for a front side , 80-90% groomed terrain ski.

  2. Hey guys, I just demo’d this ski on the weekend and absolutely loved it. Felt very natural, responsiveness. I’m committed to picking up a pair. I was curious about the length and your opinion about going with shorter than usual. I see most of the testers used a 174 (shorter than their usual) and I demo’d a 167 which is two sizes smaller than my previous skis. I really loved it, I’m 6′, 155 lbs. I’m replacing a 181 Q85 because I want something with better edge grip and still fun in bumps/east coast trees. Am I crazy to get the 167s? Should I go up to the 174 even though I didn’t test them given that the 167 felt so natural?

    Love to hear your thoughts.
    Thanks

    1. HI Alex!
      It’s hard to advise against such a positive experience, but I do think the 167 is on the short side just based on your stats. That said, if you loved the ski, then don’t let me talk you out of it!
      SE

  3. Rick from Kalamazoo here. Dumping my old Atomic C9’s 170cm. Ski edge to edge vs wide GS turns. I am 5’9” and 155-160# and 62 yrs old.. Ski mostly blue/black groomers but do hit easy bumps when legs not tired. Head out west 1-2x per year. Any thoughts re: length for me? I figured either 167 or 174’s but you guys have experience with these and I don’t. Some skies in shorter lengths get “squirrley” when you go a bit faster. My thanks!!

    1. Hi Rick!
      I’d say it depends on your experience with the 170’s. You’ll likely have a fairly similar experience on the 82’s. Overall, I’d say you’ll like the quickness of the shorter length, and as long as you keep them on edge in a longer turn, they won’t get squirrely. Take care!
      SE

  4. Hi guys! John from ew Zealand here. I am 74, 182cm, 87kgs on a good day. If I am lucky I get about 10 days a year on the snow, half on ungroomed club stuff, and half on commercial where I generally stay on the pistes. I have some 170 Atomic Sugardaddys, 190 Atomic R29.22’s, and 180 K2 Big Kahunas which I keep up at the club (Broken River). The Atomics are really too heavy for me now, but I still love the Kahunas. Any suggestions? I am even wondering about a W ski like the Head Super Joy. Thanks, I am enjoying the site.

    1. Hi John!
      In that 80-85 range for an on-piste/all-mountain ski, there’s a lot of good choices. I think your size puts you out of a lighter ski like the Super Joy. The Vantage is fantastic, as is the Volkl Deacon 80, which is a bit snappier. Rossignol Experience 84 also comes to mind for bit more versatility versus a more carving-centric ski like the Deacon 80 or Vantage 82. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hello guys!
    I am currently looking for a new pair of skis and listened to a bunch of your videos regarding all-mountains and mid-80 mm skis reviews. I started skiing 8 years ago and would consider myself an advanced skier as I quickly gained confidence over the years, on and off the groom. I am 185 cm and 80 kg on average. I ski in Quebec where the conditions are often icy, however we still have some good snowy days!
    My question is that I see that the 20/21 Atomic Vantage 82 (174 cm) would be a good fit since I like to be 75% on the groomer and 25% in the woods and moguls. However, seeing your reviews of the Elan wingman 86 cti, I wonder if that would not bring the pleasure up a notch. I am still looking to improve my ski technique and I would like a challenging ski without always fighting against it. Would the Vantage 82 be more a fit for a constant improvement compared to the wingman or would the wingman help me improve my technique and my way of skiing? Looking forward to your opinion regarding the Vantage vs the Wingman.

    1. Hi Jan-Sebastien!
      If you’re improving and don’t mind a challenge, I think you’re going to get more out of the Wingman in the long run. The Vantage is a nice, quick ski that will make a lot of turns, and I think it’s one of the better bump skis I’ve been on, but the Wingman has not only stronger carving power, but a bit more versatility due to the wider shape. They’re both skis with metal, and they do it in a light weight way, so you’re getting good performance with both, but if you get the Wingman, you’ll never wonder if you left performance on the table.
      SE

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