At this rate we’ll see a 100mm Ultimate ski by 2017. After proving their ultralight carbon platform could handle the steeps with a 78mm waist, Atomic is now expanding its waistline to the sweet spot for daily touring (if you poll Europeans). With carbon stringers that you can see through the partially-transparent top-sheet, the 85mm Ultimate is exactly what you’d expect in a scaled-up version: an excellent combo of stiffness, float, and weight. We think it’s best not to wait for the 100mm version.
- Step Down sidewall adds dampness and edge protection underfoot before tapering out.
- Poplar + Karuba wood core is a good mix of strength, rebound, and weight.
- Intricate use of carbon inserts makes possible intricate (and fast) turns.
- Race-style notch in the tip accepts newly-widened Ultimate race skins.
|Lengths (cm)||164, 170, 176|
|Weight (pair)||2220g 
|Turn Radius||16m 
|Skin Fix||Race tip notch, flat tail notch|
|Profile||15% tip rocker, 85% camber|
|Shape||Medium-to-short radius, slotted tails|
|Construction||Half-sidewall with carbon laminates|
|Core||Poplar + Karuba wood|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Daily touring / mountaineering|
|Bottom Line||Most versatile Ultimate yet|
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