Atomic Coax 2011 Ski Review

Atomic Coax 2011 Ski Review

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Atomic Coax 2011 Ski Review

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The 2011 Atomic Coax Ski

174cm length  = 135mm(width at tip)-105mm(width underfoot)-126mm(width at tail) / 21m turning radius

183cm length  = 137mm(width at tip)-105mm(width underfoot)-128mm(width at tail) / 22m turning radius

192cm length  = 139mm(width at tip)-105mm(width underfoot)-130mm(width at tail) / 23m turning radius

All Mountain Ski.  Stepdown sidewall contruction.  Wood Core.  Adaptive camber.

Size tested = 183cm.  Number of days on Atomic Coax 2011 ski = aprrox. 100.

Reviewer = Miles Clark.  Height = 6’1″, Weight = 170 lbs.  Skis mounted at “Classic Mount” point.

When I opened the box and pulled out my new Coaxes last year I saw that they were 183’s, and I was pissed.  “C’mon, I’m f$#king 6’1″, I can’t be on a wussy-ass 183!  Goddamit, what the hell were you guys thinking!?” Realizing that it was the only everyday ski I had, I reluctantly mounted ’em up and took ’em out.  They ended up being the most versatile ski I’ve ever owned.

The steeps is where I found this ski to excell the most.  Taking them out on some of Squaw’s steeper terrain this year, I learned that the smaller size of the ski, the somewhat center-mounted nature of ’em (even at the Classic Mount), and their low swing weight made the ski super maneuverable on the steeps.  I’ve never had so much confidence in steep terrain as I had on the Coax this past season.

The Coax edge great on groomers and become very turny when you lay into ’em.  You can make slalom turns if you’re forward enough.  They are even small enough and twin-tipped enough to cruise the park and throw tricks all over the mountain.

At 183 I really didn’t think they’d be able to hold up in powder.  Again, I was shocked.  The damn things rip in powder.  Yet, once the pow gets into the 2+ foot range they were a bit too small for me.  They held up great skiing-wise, but when landing airs I’d occationally go over the handlebars and/or they just wouldn’t be as stable as I’d like when landing.

The funnest thing about these skis is really that they do it all.  I love that I can ski technical steeps, rip pow, throw flips, then charge groomers with poise all in the same run on the same ski.

Honestly I didn’t know anything about the Adaptive Camber until I read about it today.  I’m sure it helps and is why the ski does so well in powder.  Regardless, it’s an interesting development in the skiing world, read up on it.

Some guy skiing many different terrains and conditions on the 2010 Coax.

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