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The Atomic Vantage X75 CTi are slimline all mountain skis but would they prove themselves during our on-snow test in Kuhtai?
Level
Intermediate
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Intermediate skiers wanting fun and frolics on piste.
Price
£500
Season
2017/18
lengths
156,163,170,177
Bindings?
Yes
Float
3
Playfulness
8
Value
5
Edge hold
7
Stability
6
Turn initiation
7
Overall Score
6
+
Great to throw around on groomers.
Their listing as all mountain skis. Really?

Atomic's Vantage range are marketed in the all mountain category but in its new catalogue the Austrian company states that the X75 CTi has "a thinner waist for harder groomed pistes", leaving us a bit confused as to what this ski is meant for.

Having said that, there's all sorts of good stuff going on under the top sheet, including the carbon tank mesh, plus a powerful woodcore with titanium backbone.

Add in the thick Firewall sidewalls and slanted and reinforced sides (Atomic's Exo profile) and the X75 CTi provides a merry ride down the piste.

The skis are lively and nimble but not the most stable of rides out there. The X75 CTi loves to be thrown around and they are great fun in shorter radius turns.

But take them away from the groomers and the fun starts to dissipate rapidly. Putting rocker on a wide nose does not automatically transform piste skis into all mountain skis and the X75 CTi's limitations are immediately apparent in soft snow. Yep, you get that sinking feeling!

Our testers loved their big brother, the 83 CTi, so we'd suggest going for that if you want an all mountain contender. But if you're happy with light and springy on-piste fun, then the 75 CTi is still worth consideration.

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