7 Best Atomic Skis Of 2022

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Atomic skis have remained cutting edge products because of the amount of technological development the company continually applies. Some of the best skis on any mountain at any given time will be Atomics. That’s why they’re so popular with recreational skiers as well as competitive athletes.

Currently, Atomic manufactures just about every style of ski for every skill level. The following is a review of  our favorite ski options out of Atomic’s fleet. It’s a review of what they do, and who we think they would be a good option for.

The Top 7 Atomic Skis in 2022

All the Atomic Skis We've tested

Best Powder Ski

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In 2018, Atomic made some significant updates to the legendary Bent Chetler powder ski. The retooled model is back this season, with the customary Chris Benchetler topsheets to round it out.

The updated “Bent Chetler” is among the lightest skis of this style. They’re a center-mounted, twin-tip powder ski. They offer a way to translate playful freestyle ideology to an uncontrolled environment. If the snow is soft, you’ll be happy in these skis, even if you aren’t crazy about throwing crazy rotation off of sidecountry hits.

They’re built for powder first, but they have enough rigidity to hold an edge where it counts. The one caveat is speed. Despite all the praise that this flagship model gets for its hardpack performance, it’s still a 120 waisted ski. It has some inherent limitations at the end of the day. If you’re trying to make big GS turns on ice, your skis are going to rattle, and you’ll feel every bump you run over.

All-in-all, if you’re an aggressive backcountry skier who sees powder as a license to take big air risks, these are the skis for you.

Specs & Features

  • HRZN tips for increased surface area
  • Full twin tip
  • Powder rocker
  • Stabilizing Carbon Backbone
  • 179cm, 184cm, 192cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Fun focused all mountain skis
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    Lighter than most of the competition
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    Proven powder powerhouse

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markDoesn’t handle hardpack as well as other powder-oriented models

Best Hybrid Touring Ski

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The Bent Chetler 100 cannot be pigeonholed into the “surfy powder ski” category. Even though it shares a name and playful attitude with the 120 version, the differences between the two are so stark they’re nearly entirely different skis.

This distinction is best explained in terms of style. In short, Bent Chetlers are known for their playfulness in deep snow. This model takes that same ethos and applies it to an “any day, all-mountain style.” You can trust it a little bit more when the steeps aren’t so deep. 

The Bent Chetler 100 is a directional all-mountain ski. Still, it’s not one of the double titanal laminate monsters that can blast through everything in its path. So what is it? It’s an effort to take the playfulness that the Bent Chetler name is known for and adapt it to conditions beyond blower pow. It has a traditional camber, versatility in the mount point, soft shovels for swallowing up variable snow. But, still retains enough rigidity from the foot back that you can drive them pretty hard. 

They make an awesome every day frontside/backside option for a wide range of skiers. It’s not a super specialized tool, but for playful skiers who want an unflinching, all-terrain option, there’s not much better on the market.

Specs & Features

  • HRZN tip and tail for increased surface area
  • Versatile mount point accommodates a lot of skiing styles
  • Light wood core to save weight and add pop
  • Full sidewall for durability and turn stability
  • 164cm, 172cm, 180cm, 188cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Lightweight but holds up in variable conditions much better than the 120
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    More directional ski that retains the playfulness the Bent Chetler line is known for

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markAren’t as good as the competition at blasting through chunky snow
  • check-markAren’t as good as the 120’s in deep snow
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Bent Chetler 100

Lightweight Touring Ski

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The Backland 100 is the lightest and zippiest ski from Atomic that still prioritizes downhill performance. It comes equipped with the whole range of the Backland fleet’s features. It’s more than capable of tackling nearly any snow you would want to ski on. They’re sprightly skis that conquer the mountain with agility rather than bullheaded charging ability. They also come with pre-cut climbing skins.

 

It’s worth keeping in mind that the Backland definitely rides like a lightweight ski and won’t ever ride like your favorite pair of big mountain chargers. But it’s on the more stable. If you had to find the best use for the Backland 100’s, it would be drawn-out days of alpine exploration. They offer the freedom to take a couple more laps or enjoy long days with equally ambitious descent objectives.

Specs & Features

  • HRZN tips for increased surface area
  • Carbon backbone to add strength and save weight
  • 164cm, 172cm, 180cm, 188cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    Lightweight touring ski that retains downhill performance aspects
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    Versatile option that you can ski any day

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markJust because you can wear them on a powder day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your bigger skis out

Recreational Racer

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The Redster line is Atomic’s spin on the recreational race ski. It’s for people who love making big, fast turns on fresh morning corduroy. They have a full sidewall, a full camber, and run full throttle down the hill. While they’re not as unyielding as a dedicated race ski, these are aggressive. And they might prove to be a little too much for skiers who aren’t comfortable with a forward stance and high edge angles. 

They have a less aggressive sidecut than most modern shaped skis but still will be much forgiving than a FIS ski. That being said, they’re definitely intended only for on-piste use. Crowded slopes or ungroomed slopes aren’t going to be much fun to ride on these. But, you can always switch to a pair of more practical off-piste skis and run away to the rough snow when things get crazy.

Specs & Features

  • Active camber
  • Titanium laminate
  • GS sidecut for long arcing race turns
  • 165cm, 171cm, 177cm, 183cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    The ultimate in recreational race skis
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    Hard to over ski while not being too much for the mountain

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNot a very approachable ski unless you have a race background
  • check-markOnly intended for on-piste use
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Redster G9

Out-of-Bounds Powder Ski

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If you’re looking for the lightest possible powder-oriented touring option, the Bent Chetler 120’s are the way to go. But that doesn’t make them the obvious choice. Atomic’s Backland series is designed to excel on variable snow that you’ll almost certainly encounter while you’re out touring. 

It’s a pretty traditionally shaped ski, excepting Atomic’s HRZN tip that adds a little more surface area to the shovel than is typical. It’s a big and stable ski, but it can still fly up the skin track with the best of them. But a ski this wide isn’t all business.

It’s still a fun, dynamic option for people looking for a wide touring ski. It won’t float quite like the craziest and most rockered powder ski, but the Backland 117 still has enough tip and tail rise to be more than adequate to have fun no matter how deep the snow.

Specs & Features

  • HRZN tips to help get over rough terrain and add a little float
  • All mountain rocker with a respectable camber
  • Carbon backbone to save weight
  • 177cm, 184cm, 191cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

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    A powder ski that can be dependably ridden on bad snow
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    Impressive weight given its size

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNot as light as the Bent Chetler or some competitors
  • check-markA 117 ski isn’t going to be as versatile as something with a narrower waist

Affordable Freestyle Skis

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The Punx 7 is an affordable and recognizable park ski. It’s been widely represented in Freeski competitions throughout the years, and is a trusted tool of trick skiers everywhere. They follow the general park trend of being durable and low-price. The Punx are notorious for having just a little more value than comparable models of specialized park skis. 

A blended ash and poplar woodcore is built specifically for absorbing landings and providing a little spring when you need it. They’re a classic ski and are a reasonably safe bet for park skiers who are rough on their gear.

Specs & Features

  • Twin tip for switch landings
  • Park rocker to prevent catching your tips
  • Snappy blended woodcore
  • 164cm, 170cm, 176cm, 182cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4

Reasons to buy:

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    Practical and affordable park ski
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    Durably built and ready for the whole park

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markLimited versatility, but that’s the tradeoff for specializing
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Atomic Punx 7

Forgiving Carving Ski

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The Redster X series is a less aggressive version of the GS Redster, targeted towards people who want something more forgiving and versatile than a dedicated race ski. You’ll still be able to roll from edge to edge effortlessly, but the X9 WB has the benefit of letting you relax and get off your edges for a while. It’s also shaped in a way that accommodates more than just huge, high-speed arcing turns for low-speed maneuverability. 

The secret to success is an extra 10mm underfoot. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it lets the Redster X9 WB perform much more like a recreational ski and frees up space for the more generous sidecut. The X9 WB is for skiers who like to have the option to really open up and make aggressive turns but don’t want to spend their entire day doing so.

Specs & Features

  • Active camber
  • Multi Radius Sidecut for increased versatility
  • Titanium laminate
  • 10 mm wider underfoot than the rest of the X9 series
  • 152cm, 160cm, 168cm, 176cm variations

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.9

Reasons to buy:

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    A much more approachable take on the race oriented recreational ski
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    More versatile than the other Redster models

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Redster X9 WB

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ABOUT THE ATOMIC BRAND

Alois Rohrmoser founded Atomic 1955 in a recovering post-war Europe and a world rife with nuclear anxiety. Amidst the grimness of the past and uncertainty of the future, it’s no stretch to claim that Atomic skis were a reimagining of the massive destructive power touted by world powers, channeled into unexpected directions (mainly downhill). As a company, they have generally had a forward-facing ethos that isn’t afraid of such reimaginings.

Evidence of this is when Atomic engineer Rupert Huber was tasked with making a better powder ski at a time when wide skis were associated with out-of-shape skiers. He tackled the problem by sawing a snowboard in half. Atomic has since become a mainstay in the ski industry, having survived their own share of hardships and made significant contributions to the sport.

Atomic Austria manufactures about 600,000 skis annually, primarily from the factory in Altenmarkt im Pongau in the state of Salzburg. Beyond skis, Atomic makes poles, bootsgoggleshelmets, bags and bindings.

Following a declaration of insolvency in 1994, Amer Sports of Finland bid for and acquired Atomic skis that same year. With a cash infusion Atomic was able to continue innovation by developing technology company Doubledeck, who use a method to automatically adjust flex and rocker style to individual skiers’ stance and weight.

Continuing the innovation trend, LiveFit and MemoryFit technologies have greatly improved the personalization of their revered ski boots, staying competitive and catering to high-performance athletes too.

Check out this video of Chris Benchetler of the Bent Chetler ski line shredding it up on some sweet backcountry terrain in the Atomic skis that bear his name:

In 2019, Amer Sports was purchased by Anta Sports of China making Atomic Austria a Chinese subsidiary alongside other venerable names like Salomon and Suunto. Though skiing usually stays out of politics–notwithstanding the Olympics–Anta Sports boycotted the NBA in 2019 following some of that league’s players denouncing Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong protesters.

If you already have an atomic ski or you just bought one, leave a comment in the comment section below and share your experience with it.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Are Atomic skis good?

Atomic is one of the most trusted brands in the industry, and they make a number of skis from across different disciplines. From the legendary Bent Chetler, to the accessible Savor 7- there’s an Atomic ski out there for every style and level of skier. For a closer look at the Atomic lineup, take a look at our best of brand page. And to see how Atomic does compare to the rest of the competition, our top 10 all-mountain skis article can help you choose the best ski for you.

Where are Atomic skis made?

Along with Salomon, Black Crow, and Armada- Atomic skis are mostly manufactured in their factory in Austria. What’s most notable about this factory is their concerted effort to cut down on emissions and do their best to “do better” on multiple different facets involved in their manufacturing process. From reducing their emissions by switching to renewable energy, to an effort to recycle raw materials; Atomic is making an effort to mitigate their impact and set an example for the rest of the industry. Read more about the history of Atomic skis.

Is Atomic owned by Salomon?

Atomic is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Oyj, a multi-national Chinese-owned Finnish company that also owns many other outdoor brands such as Suunto and Salomon. As of 2018, Amer Sports Oyj itself is a part of Anta Sports. Find out more about the Atomic skis story here.

How much do Atomic skis cost?

Atomic skis tend to be priced around the lower to middle end of the market spectrum, particularly if you’re looking into their all-mountain skis. We think that the Vantage series is particularly well-valued for the durability and versatility you get. Even their specialty skis such as the Backland series and the legendary Bent Chetler are competitively priced when compared to similar products around the rest of the industry.

For a closer look at the price and performance of Atomic skis, take a look at our best of brand page. And to see how Atomic weighs up with the competition this season check out our top 10 all-mountain skis.

What are the best Atomic Skis?

When you hear Atomic skis, undoubtedly one of the first things that will come to mind is the Bent Chetlers. They’re a contemporary classic and this newest super-lightweight iteration is worth a whole article by itself. But don’t think that’s the only thing they have to offer.

Best Atomic Skis

Atomic’s selection of skis is as diverse as any manufacturer in the industry. To see our favorites and what they have to offer check out our best of brand page. And for more on the comparison between Atomic’s top choices and other options, see our top 10 all-mountain skis article.

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