Atomic Ritual (2014)

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Rating: 3.14 / 5
Price: $775.00
Year: 2014
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 122.5
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136.5-103-122.5
Lengths: 174, 182, 190

Stability at speed: 3.71 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.74 / 5
Crud performance: 3.57 / 5
Flotation: 3.44 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.15 / 5
Overall: 3.14 / 5

With its 103-mm waist, the Ritual is the widest and most Western-centric ski in Atomic's Vantage series, trading some of the edge-to-edge quickness of other models for powder-ready flotation. Atomic's Vantage series includes five models ranging in waist widths from 103 mm down to 83. Where the Powder series includes wide rides for deep snow and the Nomad series offers narrow waists for on-trail performance, the Vantage skis split the difference in the name of all-terrain versatility. Not as loose and drifty as the Powder skis or as tight and carvy as the Nomad system skis, they're built to split the difference and meet the day-to-day needs of a soft-snow (most likely Western) resort skier with equal parts powder and hardpack performance. All are sold flat (no binding).â