OK I’ve spent the better part of a year researching all the gear for my entry into the world of USSA Masters ski racing. I’ll be buying up used Downhill, Super G, GS and Slalom skis as I find them. Some good prices out there on used or new old stock Elan’s and Volkls and I’m dying to get some Blossoms or Stocklis but one step at a time. After all the research, boot fittings and review reading I’ve made a decision to go with all Atomic boots, skis, bindings and poles.
Boot: Redster Pro 120
Fit: medium to narrow fit, roomy toe box, custom moulded foot shape
The latest version of the Redster Pro 120 brings athlete proven technology to advanced and expert skiers. Memory Fit means the shell can be custom moulded in-store to better match the skier’s feet, improving comfort, foot hold and ultimately performance. The asymmetric Gold Liner uses Dynashape for longevity as well as heat mouldable foam with a firm, responsive fit. This combination of personalised liner and shell means a precise fit and a very comfortable one because the customised shape creates an even all-over pressure without hotspots. The Offset Shell increases control and the Carbon Spine provides power and precision by stiffening the rear of the cuff without affecting the sensitivity required from the front of the boot. This is race-inspired, high-performance precision skiing minus all the nastiness that comes from ultra-stiff, super-tight race models.
Primary Ski – REDSTER XTI + XT 12 – 176 cm
The XTi is a hard-snow, high-speed hybrid GS/SL carving machine for frustrated racers who love to arc. Not quite as heavy as the Redster Doubledeck, it’s still reinforced with two full sheets of vibration-dampening metal, but lacks the elaborate Doubledeck secondary core. Nor is it as expensive as the Doubledeck, retailing for about $150 less. It comes with a 12-DIN Atomic binding, stout enough for the heaviest chargers and the highest speeds. The Redster collection includes three models of race-inspired carvers for hard-snow technicians who love speed and g forces. They’re built for maximum heft, dampness, edge grip and high-speed stability-performance just shy of an actual FIS-legal race ski, with a bit of all-mountain versatility for recreational carvers. All are built on dense wood cores with metal reinforcement for high-speed calm and powerful sidewall constructions for optimal hard-snow edge grip. The top of the line Doubledeck 3.0 is traditionally cambered for maximum edge bite tip to tail; the XT models feature a tiny bit of tip rocker for slightly looser, featherable Ligety-like turn entries. All feature a sidecut radius that splits the difference between slalom and GS (XT stands for Cross Turn)-ideal for the typical beer-league course set.
Poles – Atomic Redster 12 XT – 120cm
The Atomic Redster 12 XT race ski pole is made from high-grade aluminum – super strong but also really lightweight. And it features a 50mm Race Disc, an AMT Grip that combines comfort, vibration dampening and strong handling, plus a wide neoprene strap. Available in colors that match our Redster XT ski series, the 12 XT is a top pole for all high-performance skiing.
That will me my main gear setup this year for training and Nastar races. Now any Atomic reps out there want to hook a guyt up??