Float the soft stuff and sculpt the hardpack.
Dust on crust can be more than a bit teeth rattling, but with the Atomic Theory Skis beneath your feet, you're able to take your skills to a whole other level. Designed for both the best and worst all-mountain conditions, the Theory challenges the status quo regarding how to ride a pair of skis. With this ripper, you're able to carve up groomers, slash turns in soft snow, maneuver down tight, techy terrain, float through ankle-deep pow, and hold a wickedly firm edge in firm snow conditions.
Its All Mountain Rocker profile provides versatile
performance both on and off trail. The Theory's rockered
tail navigate varied snow conditions all over the mountain, and thanks to the regular camber underfoot and 95mm
waist, the Theory grips hardpack and groomers like a champ for a
super-smooth ride. Atomic engineers also gave this
sweet all-mountain rockered ski a bigger radius at the tip and a smaller
radius at the tail for easy turn initiation and optimum grip out of
Equipped with Step Down Sidewall construction for solid strength and durability, this weapon provides seasons of wicked fun riding. A wood core features a carbon laminate that runs the entire length of the ski for greater stability and strength at high speeds.
- Rockered tip and tail with regular camber underfoot
- Step Down Sidewall construction
- Wood core
- Carbon laminate
- 95mm waist
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After a lot of research I keep coming back...
After a lot of research I keep coming back to this ski. Will most likely order in the next few days. I'm 5'10'' 165 lbs. Upper intermediate level but planning to ski a lot and get better over the next few years. I'm used to short skis and trees are my favourite part of the mountain. Should I push myself and go for 177s (they're the exact same height as me) or play it safe and get the 168s? This will be a 90% in-bounds ski but I spend most of my days looking for powder and playing in the trees.
First of all, you would be safe with either length. It's not as though the 177s will give you any major problems. However, if you spend most of your time in-bounds and are only making forays into the side-country I would stick with the 168s.
Hi Garrit- the key thing I noticed from your question was the desire to 'get better over the next few years'. I'm a big tree lover as well and understand enjoying the shorter ski in the trees. That being said, if you're currently skiing 168s and are comfortable with them in any terrain, a good way to improve you skiing is often going to a longer length. At this width, a longer ski will help you ski powder a little better as well. So if you are serious about improving - making a jump to the 177 will certainly point you in that direction. There isn't a huge difference in the turn radius between the two either. So if your comfortable on the 168 and are ready to push yourself just a little the 177 wouldn't be a bad choice! Regardless, enjoy your new ski!
Great, thanks for the advice guys.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have been exclusively backcountry for the last four years. Moving to a town that doesn't have easily accessible backcountry meant I had to buy a resort ski. I used Mountain magazine's Early Winter 2013 issue to narrow it down. This ski, the Atomic Theory, was ranked #2 in the all-mountain category. The Mantra was #1, but it's so expensive I went with the Theory... sight unseen.
Skied it yesterday for the first time and I LOVED it. Floated on the little bit of powder I found wonderfully. I was able to lay in and carve a turn, and it was obvious this ski was made for it. Being an old freestyle skier, I even wiggled it through some moguls and it responded. This is my perfect resort ski. 186cm.
If my bindings brake is 95mm, will it fit...
If my bindings brake is 95mm, will it fit this ski?
Yeah that will work perfectly.
Any expert level skiers out there with...
Any expert level skiers out there with input on these skis? Found a great deal on them but will I miss the power of a mantra, bonafide, etc? Reviews are great for this and the Elysian but I don't usually purchase lower price skis.
This is a great ski and for the price it is a really killer ski. The main difference you will see between this, the Mantra, and the Bonafide is the stiffness and responsiveness while turning. The Bonafide and the Mantra will be a little stiffer and will have more response initiating and coming out of an aggressive turn. If you plan to ski lots of days and you charge anywhere anytime I would recommend looking at Mantra or Bonafide. If you want an option from Atomic that is close to the Mantra and Bonafide look to the Atomic Ritual which can ski anywhere anytime with confidence and is close to the Blizzard and Volkl in width and radius.
Atomic Theory Ski
How much does this ski weigh?
How much does this ski weigh?
These skis weigh 4.5 pounds without bindings.
Other than the graphics, have they changed...
Other than the graphics, have they changed anything from last years ski ?
I think there has only been only slight changes that you probably wont notice too much. The rocker profile was adjusted just a little, giving you about 5% more rocker in the tip and a little less camber under foot. besides that they seemed to have kept everything the same.
I'm venturing more and more into the big...
I'm venturing more and more into the big boy terrain but still love to rail long hard fast turns on piste but never really spend much time in the park apart from to maybe hit a couple small jumps. my current skis are Scott Punishers which are about 5 years old now. Last year i demoed some Mantras for a week in Breck and loved them, they felt like they required significant amounts more work to get the most out of them but it was worth it, they held an edge so well and were so stable at speed. i actually found them much more fun on double diamond runs than my punishers too however they lacked a little of the liveliness that i like from the punishers in short turns. I had considered the bonafide as i read they are a bit more playful but then i saw Freeskiers review of these and they seemed to think they are the mutts nuts. I haven't skied a step down side wall ski but typically haven't liked cap construction as much as traditional side walls. from my garbled description of what i want in a ski (carve like a GS ski, lively, fun in bumps, floaty in light pow versatile etc) which is best for me, Mantra, Bones or Theory.
Good call with the Mantra's. However, the Mantra's are fully rockered. The Theory's are driven by their supreme rocker/camber combination. That's gonna be a difference in itself.
I would rather tell you that neither is "best" for you because camber and rocker styles are different enough and preferred by different skiers. GS skiing usually makes me think of camber as a preference, but if you enjoyed the Mantra's, they will destroy the all mountain as well.
I like Atomic skis (I have skied several of their models) and am not a personal fan of Volkl when it comes to having a true all mountain ski. HOWEVER, some skiers say the complete opposite.
This may not have helped.
If you like a lively fun poppy ski as I do don't buy volkls they are dead! Seriously way to damp! Atomics are at the other end of the spectrum snappy and fun the blizzards will fall somewhere in between. Hope that helps!