|Atomic is making several changes to their lineup for 2005-2006. Atomic will use a new "World Cup Base BI 5000" material in the RS:11, RC:11, RC:11 Multi, and Vasa Race skis. The new base has more holes than the old 4000 base for better wax absorption. The RS:10 and RC:10 skis will continue to use the 4000 base.
Second, the tip on the RS:11 and RC:11 has been thinned to reduce swing weight. At the same time, there is now a noticeable "bulge" or thickening in front of the binding. This bulge is designed to distribute the skier's weight better over the base of the ski, resulting in longer base contact with the snow. Atomic believes this new "World Cup Shape" will result in both better soft track and hard track performance.
Finally, the company bought a new Wintersteiger stone grinder. The new stone grinder should eliminate some of the whitish bases coming from the factory.
RC:11 Multi Waxless Classic Ski
But the big news is Atomic's new RC:11 Multi waxless classic ski. No machine-patterned base here. Instead, the Multi has a rubber and petroleum-derived smooth kick zone. Atomic recommends roughening up the base with 120-180 grit sandpaper, but says to not apply anything to the material, not kick wax or any other treatment. Just leave it alone.
So how are these different than just getting a pair of stiff skis and putting in some hairies? According to Atomic, the rubberized base provides "a klister like kick" - better than the hairies can provided. How are the skis different than more traditional fishscaled racing skis like the Atomics RS:9 AGP, Madshus Hypersonic C3 Multigrip Vario or Fisher RCR Crown? Atomic claims that the fishscales work better in a wider range of conditions, but the RC:11 Multi is superior in conditions right around 0C (32F).
Obviously, the RC:11 Multi is a specialty ski designed for specific conditions. As such, Atomic says it will price the ski lower than the normal RC:11.
Here's a table comparing the upper-end skis:
Some of the new skis may be available this winter.