Geared for the I-like-a-little-of-everying-but-prefer-pow skier.
When you contemplate the tight drop into an hourglass chute, you smile to yourself, kick the snow off the Atomic Blog Ski, and send it. Within moments, you sail through the air, land in a thick powdery field, and treat the trees as slalom gates on your way to the lift linen. Thanks to the Blog's Powder Rockered profile, 110mm waist, and 60% camber underfoot, you get float and insane maneuverability in anything from crud to deep powder.
- Powder rockered profile features a 20% rockered tip, 20% rockered tail, and 60% camber underfoot which enables you to float on top of pow and bust through crud with an increased ease of turn initiation and edging on hard snow
- Twintip design allows you to ride and land switch with ease
- Full wood core from tip to tail supplies solid stability on snow, powerful rebound, maximizes ski/snow contact, and filters vibrations for a smooth ride
- Step Down Sidewall uses a combination of sidewall ski construction with the wood core to ensure lively performance while maintaining the flex of the ski at all times
- Half-cap construction at the tip and tail area protects the ski from damage
- Sidewall construction in the binding area improves damping, shock absorption, and edge grip
- Versatile 110mm waist slashes pow, straightlines, and rips groomers on the way to the lift line after an epic powder-stash session in the trees
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Pow or die.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought the 2011-2012 model (unchanged from 2012-2013 model) and used it well. I took it on everything, from the backcountry pow of an ascended 14'er to the groomers and park. This ski is VERY light for its purposes, but does not grip well on much anything except freshies. I'd give it a 3.5/5 star if they would let me. This thing kept me afloat in the pow for sure, but once you get out of it, it's not exactly stellar. It skis switch pretty well which is an advantage for the modern freeskier. I suggest taking a look at the Line Sir Francis Bacon's, Liberty Helix's, and other mid-fat pow/all mountain skis to COMPARE to the Blogs. I know folks that love this ski, I just prefer a bit more stiffness and stability. Keep on shreddin'!
cannot decide between these,and the bent...
cannot decide between these,and the bent chetlers. I live in ak and will hit mostly natural features, cliffs, lines, and bacountry kickers, i will rarley be in the resort. I am afraid that the bent chetlers will be to heavy, but i dont know how well these will float in 2-3 feet of pow.
The bents are defiantly heavy but it just depends on what style you ride. I'm a huge fan of both and the blog is defiantly a lighter ski and geared towards all mountain compared to a dedicated pow ski like the bents. Have you looked at the Automatics? Awesome big mtn ski that is a major hard charger but still has some playfulness. It shoots the gap nicely in width underfoot compared to the blogs and bents at 117. In my opinion they would be a perfect AK plank. Here is the review from the blister guys.
I'm looking at purchasing these skis for...
I'm looking at purchasing these skis for an all mountain ski with occassional 2 feet powder days in Utah. I'm 5'6" and 172 pounds. Should I go with the 161 or 169. I've read some reviews that say go longer. Currently, I'm skiing on Volkl Mantra's that are 170's.
I'd defiantly go longer because of the tip and tail rocker. I'd got with 177 but I like a big ski to go fast and to get maximum float. The 169 would be good for quick turns and tree skiing. I defiantly wouldn't go 161 and I'd really consider 177 depending on your ability.
what size range is the 169 range good...
what size range is the 169 range good at?
Hilde - size will depend on a variety of things like skier ability, weight, intended use and preference. Generally speaking the 169 would suit a beginner to advanced intermediate skier out west who is between 5'6" and 5'10". It could also be the choice of an advanced skier who was smaller or lighter or who needs a shorter ski for a specific objective. Since sizing is dependent on so many things, feel free to give us a ring or hit the chat now button up top. We love to talk skis.
fun, somewhat soft
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am using these as my touring ski right now. They are a fairly easy ski to ski. They aren't extremely stiff, and they have a pretty short sidecut. They turn well on groomers. The powder rocker really ads a lot of float in powder, but they get kind of limited in crud, as they want to get deflected and flop.
Atomic should make these 15% stiffer, and add a bit of taper to the tip. Then they would get 5 stars!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I agonized for some time on whether to go with the Blog or Automatic. I settled on the Blog for a few reasons. I had purchased a set of JJ's earlier in the year and was so dissatisfied with them needed something else. I found the JJs WAY too soft. It was like skiing on wet noodles. Maybe it was the huge tip and tail rocker, I don't know but I hated them. I was looking for an all mountain one ski in the quiver ski. A ski that could do everything really well but not necessarily be the best at one thing. The Blog seems to be that more than the Automatic. Immediately on my first ski with the Blogs I noticed the dramatic increase in stability and control over the JJs. The Bogs did what I told them to do - carve, smear, spin.... whatever. They are super easy to ski on. They eat up the chop and remain in control. I haven't had any deep pow days yet on them but I am expecting they will shine when I do. Again, they are not the ski for one thing but a superb ski for all things. I may yet add the Automatics to the quiver for the deep fresh days but I am super pleased with how well the Blogs have performed in the variety of conditions I have thrown at them thus far. I let two of my friends ski on them and they were very impressed too (one only had skied on JJs - he is now purchasing the Automatics and hating his JJs). Great all mountain do anything ski!
Skis that are just that
This ski was competent at the test course we had set for ourselves. It was pretty easy to maneuver in the trees, held edge well on the groom, and provided decent float in the softer snow. At 110 underfoot this ski fit right into what I eventually harkened my sweet spot for skis in UT for a guy like me, 110-115 underfoot. There was nothing about the ski that jumped off the snow at me and blew my mind but it did well enough for me not to bad mouth it here or elsewhere. Bottom line on this ski is that it?s a ski? The tip and tail rocker had them skiing a bit short which is fine for me as I tended to ski longer skis than I would in real life and got a taste of what they could do for someone like me (would they overpower or work with me). These did a good job of keeping me in control and heading where I needed to be.