Atomic R9

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Because of its relatively light weight (the original Atomic 9.22 weighs 2850 grams per pair in 170cm) and rigidity the Atomic R9 is the freeride ski that is most used for ski touring. The Beta 4 and Power Carbon Channel technology mean the ski is stiff, giving the user control in a range of conditions from mixed snow to hard pack. In 2004 it gained a stubier shovel for better floatation in powder and this season it has lost the end cap which saves a few grams. The ski is a mid-fat which offers good floatation and control in powder snow. The ski is available in 160-170-180cm lengths.

atomic R9

Atomic R9

We used R9s all last season. It is a great ski both on and off-piste. Being shaped it doesn't provide the grip of traditional straight touring ski on steep traverses on hard pack. Mounted with a pair of Dynafit Tourlight Comfort bindings the ski tips the scale at 4kg a pair including ski brakes. The ski should be used with shaped skins such as the Garmont G3. The Atomic MX:9 is the touring version of this ski although reports are that the translucid base is more fragile. For 2005/2006 the R9 has been renamed the Diran and is marketed as a Mid-Fat Alpine and Telemark ski. The graphics have changed including a magnesium topsheet but structurally it is the same ski.

Price is around 380 €.

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