Testing skis so you don't have to.
- Mar 5, 2017
Length tested: 173
Location tested: Snowbasin UT
Conditions tested in: Groomed old snow
Atomic has a history of producing stronger skis in the mid 80 mm segment and the Redster Q9.8 definitely lives up to that heritage. The Q9.8’s broad tip really pulls you into the turn and the stiffness underfoot and flared tail will hold you like a fat kid holds onto a glazed donut. The Redster Q9.8 is a tenacious ski with a hard snow bias which is quite refreshing when so many brands are coming to market with more off-piste-oriented skis of this width.
- Insider tip: Atomic does a great job of scaling sizing. Also, the Q9.8 will be a part of SkiTalk's long term test fleet.
- One thing I would change: The graphics are a bit blah. Shouldn’t a Redster have at least some red in it?
Length tested: 181
Location tested: Loveland, CO
Conditions tested in: Soft groomed snow, moguls, off-piste chalk
An ultra-smooth and stable ride with a confidence-inspiring tip balanced perfectly between stiff enough and not too stiff make this ski a winner for frontside focused skiers. The tip engages nicely allowing the ski to quickly cross the fall line with minimal input from the pilot. The 85mm width feels much narrower when getting the ski on edge and grips like a vice. The tail rewards with energy into the next turn. The 9.8 favors piste skiers, but a foray into the bumps and ungroomed isn't out of the question.
- Insider tip: This ski feels its full length.
- One thing I would change: A dab of red belongs on the Redster Q9.8
- Who is it for?
- Those who wanted the Salomon S/Force Bold but waited too long. Skiers wanting a predictable performance-oriented ride.
- Who is it not for?
- Lighter skiers might be overpowered. No worries Atomic offers the Redster as the Q7
- Skier ability
- Ski category
- All Mountain
- Ski attributes