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Just how close is Atomic's top end Cloud 12 piste ski to a full on race model for a fraction of the cost? We put it to the test to find out.

Level
Advanced
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Advanced women looking for a high end piste ski that nibbles at the heels of race skis
Price
£560
Season
2020/21
lengths
147, 154, 161, 168
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
7
Response
9
Value
9
Edge hold
9
Stability
9
Turn initiation
8
Overall Score
9
+
very responsive and stable at speed if skied right
not very forgiving if you get lazy

The Atomic Cloud 12 2020/21 remains largely unchanged from last year, so our 2019/20 review of the Atomic Cloud 12, below, still stands.

Coming in at the top of the already established Atomic Cloud range, and with the same technology as their Redster racing line, the Cloud 12 is the perfect choice for confident skiers that want to rip the piste.

Some of Atomic's world cup technologies have trickled down into this hard charging model, like the premium base finish and something Atomic call Servotec, essentially a kind of power steering for skis. A rod and elastomer fixture hold the ski in a pre-stressed position so that it's always ready to turn and then compresses and relaxes through the turn, actively supporting the ski, making it super responsive and dampening vibrations at high speed.

The Cloud 12 also has a full sidewall for precision steering at speed. Like most piste and racing skis it has a full active camber (0/100/0) giving maximum edge contact, providing grip on hard, icy pistes.

The 12 also uses a poplar wood core, which reduces overall weight without sacrificing dampening properties. The core is then optimised by a titanium stabilizer laminate, for great shock absorption and torsional flex.

Overall the Cloud 12 punches well above its weight thanks to top level innovations making it a powerful piste machine. Be aware though that to make the most of these technologies you need to be on your game - where it gains performance it lacks forgiveness.