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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 tip and 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 turns.

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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5 5

All around rippers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got about 20 days on this ski so far this season and I can say with complete confidence that I haven't experienced conditions yet in which they did not utterly RIP.

On the East Coast from boiler plate at Hunter to 15" of heavy fresh at Stratton. Out west from knee-deep Utah blower at Alta to chalky moguls on Great Scott at Snowbird...I've skied it all on these and I am floored each day at how well they handle everything.

Buy these skis if you can still find them at this point. Unless you're expecting a super-damp and heavy crud buster, you can't possibly be disappointed.

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When are you going to have more stock?

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When are you going to have more stock?

I'm 56, 5'9, tall and 168lb, advanced+ to...

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I'm 56, 5'9, tall and 168lb, advanced+ to expert skier, who skis, since young 10 days a year, mostly in Colorado.
In my younger days preferred race tracks and more then 200cm.
Actually I ski mostly in double blacks, moguls, trees., and back mountain.
I think my best level was 2 years ago and, as I'm coming less stronger and more tired, I'm thinking in use a ski not to long.
My choice maybe would be 168cm Atomic Theory, but wanna hear opinions.

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I'm the same size and skill level as you and the 177cm is _perfect_ for me.

After a long research i`ve decided to get...

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After a long research i`ve decided to get this skis. Im 5`8" tall and weight 150 lb. Upper Intermediate Skier who skis 10-15 days a year. Im not sure if getting the 177cm or play it safe and get the 168cm? Considering that im 15 years old and still got a little to grow. 95% of the time it would be an in-bound ski, but looking to ski some powder every now and then.

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Piero,
I'm 5'9 155lbs and the 177 is the perfect length for me and definitely wouldn't go shorter especially if you plan to have a somewhat center mount like I do. I moved from a 169 length ski before this and adjusted very easily. This ski is the best all around ski I've ever had and you're going to have a lot of fun on them.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.. I am...

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Any thoughts would be appreciated.. I am 6'1"/185 , advanced intermediate living in Illinois. I ski with my fam around Wisconsin, wife and girls 9/7/5, but also head west a few times a year and want a ski that might fit the best of both worlds..not sure if thats truly possible. I do want a little wider base than typical midwest skiing for my trips and keep coming back to the Atomic Theory's, Nordica Hell and Backs and the Bonafides. ANY THOUGHTS?? Thanks

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This ski rips everything I've thrown at it. I'm about to write a review with more details, but you won't be disappointed in all but the deepest conditions.

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Is it possible to put climbing skins on...

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Is it possible to put climbing skins on the Theory with the twin tips? And would it be suitable for ski/alpine touring at all?

I'm 6'5, 215, will the 186 work for a guy...

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I'm 6'5, 215, will the 186 work for a guy that skis maybe 6 to 7 days a year. I enjoy all mountain and usually don't fall at all.
Have always rented, but would like to buy my own skis. I realy enjoy powder and trees and speed.

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Deadhead,
That should be a good length for you in the Atomic Theory. You could also consider the 177cm, but based on your size and declared need for speed, the 186 should work really well.

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I think the 186cm is the correct size, I'm 6'1" 178 lbs and ski 25-30 times a year on average and I would buy the 186cm. If you are beginner to intermediate the 177 would work. The Line Prophet 98 would be another ski to look at.

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Any people compared the theory to the new...

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Any people compared the theory to the new line sick day 95? Both non metal skis, little different rocker profiles and tails, but in overall on the snow skiing how different do they really ski? Crud, groomers, float, etc in equal sizes?

After a lot of research I keep coming back...

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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.

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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.

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Great, thanks for the advice guys.

5 5

Jeah!

  • 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...

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If my bindings brake is 95mm, will it fit this ski?

Any expert level skiers out there with...

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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.

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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.

How much does this ski weigh?

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How much does this ski weigh?

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These skis weigh 4.5 pounds without bindings.

Other than the graphics, have they changed...

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Other than the graphics, have they changed anything from last years ski ?

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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...

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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.

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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.
Have fun!

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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!