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Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004 Ski Review

First Impression: Angry.

The Incredible Hulk of skis, the Atomic SX:11 almost left me speechless. As prepared to test these, to be honest my mind was on other things.  But soon as I got off the first lift I found that someone wanted to play.

Model: Atomic SX:11 (SX11)
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 160/? 170/? 180/18
Sidecut: ?

Manufacturer’s Description:

"There’s something elemental about Skiercross. No clocks. No rules. The first one to the bottom wins; the last one buys the drinks. Keep your wallet in your pocket, though. You’ve got the SX:11 under your boots."

Ski-Review’s Verdict:

The Atomic SX:11 just wanted to go fast; they gave me the grip, control and stability to really fly around the runs and corners that Avoriaz could offer me.

I have not skied many pairs of Atomics, there is no particular reason for this but I am never going to under estimate the Austrian brand again.

Arguably one of the best ski cross ski I have used to date, meaning I would have to think twice before reaching for the Dynastar Ski Cross 10 in the morning. I would say a worthy bench mark for all other manufacturers to aim for. Atomic’s passion for racing pedigree seems to traverse well into the SX:11, a highly strung ski which seems to obey every command.

Conclusion?

After these and their Slalom counterparts the SL:11, I am looking forward to what Atomic are going to do for 2004/2005!

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Reader Ski Reviews of the Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/08

I got a pair of Dynastar Speed SX (168cm) five years ago and like these skis a lot. However, I do miss the high speed stability of my old K2 MSL (190). I like to ski the whole mountain and strive to push my speed limit on piste. I would appreciate some guidance.

John

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/11

But like any thing else, find a place where you can demo/short-time-rent a pair..

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/07

I just took the SX:11 for my first ride in the Catskills.  I’m 175, 6’4”, and a pretty aggressive skier, not the greatest on the mountain, but i can hold my own.  The SX:11 is a pretty fun ski to take out - its relatively light, and moves pretty quick.  Its stiff, and you can feel it on bumpy stuff, but it holds its own at high speed.  it can get going on the intermediates run, and throws lots of fun turns.  The conditions i skied on were man-made snow, skied off icy patches and then it warmed up to 45 degrees so we had some nice slush, and they were fast and relatively responsive in everything.  I would recommend taking it out for a ride. I also rode the Rossignol Bandit B1 - which i wasn’t so fond of, and the atomic SX:B5 - which has an AMAZING ride - a very heavy ski, so it may not be for everyone, but it can fly and do what you need it too, it just may require a bit more muscle.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/24

At 5’7” and 155 lbs I had to be on the ski full time to get a decent bend out of them and I consider myself to be an agressive skier.  Super powerful ski but for my weight it was too much.  I really enjoyed the SX:10 though..

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/21

It’s a race ski. I have skied it on a couple of trips and find myself only skiing other skis for two reasons. 1. I like to go for deeper snow and these are too stiff and not broad enough. 2. They wear me out. They encourage me to go faster and harder and my legs won’t stand for that after a day or two. All in all stable, powerful and with the characteristic atomic grip on ice. Try it but put some pressure on it. Otherwise go for a boring ski like the crossmax.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 08/22

how is the jr version of it.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 09/21

This ski is fantastic at holding an edge at high speed - loads of fun. BUT it’s not for me. Edge to edge in short turns is very hard work. The softer SX10 is just as good at speed and much more forgiving for recreational skiing (and cheaper!).

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/02

Have just bought a pair of SX-10s having been advised that my size (95kg at 5’ 11”) and quick progress would suit them. Can any of you guys experienced in the SX-10s tell me whether I’m going to enjoy progressing from the 4/5 (out of ten) ability stage on these. Bit of background…. only skied for 12 days in total and learnt to paralell straight off (couldn’t get my knees to do plough). Happy skiing any blue with at least some appearance of knowing what I’m doing… get a buzz out of most reds and some blacks… get daunted by the real expert stuff. Wanted a ski that I can use to help me progress quickly and stay with me for the forseeable…

Any thoughts?

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/07

Just bought some sx11 I have not skied them yet bit worried they might be to much for me im a confident skier and like to get top to bottom as fast as i can on the reds little bit slower on the blacks Think they will be ok?

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/09

I’m 5’ 19” & 85kg and have used SX:10s.  These were fab. They took me a few minutes to get used to the extra stiffness compared with my Volkls and I probably would have struggled to get them going properly a few years ago…but once I got the hand of them I had a great time so much so that I went out and traded my Volkls for a pair of 170cm SX:11s.  These really worried me at first because they were so stiff and difficult to manouvre at nursey slope speed compared to the SK:10s.  BUT once I got them going down the reds & blacks they were absolutley brilliant.  The edge hold and stability in high g turns was incredible. Not the greatest on the steep mogul fields -but I’m not into that anyway - if you are like me and love speed and have reasonable leg strength you should have fun. Just don’t expect to be doing any tight slaloms!  P.S. The adjustable binding settings also make a real difference to the skis performance so try each one out to see what suits your style best.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/28

I’ve got some SX 11 ( 2005 ) those skis are trully great…only have one little bda thing : The tip could come off !! but still its easy to put back on…so have a great ride… high_five_54@hotmail.com

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/02

i’m looking at some atomic sx-10s, 180 cm to replace the salomon scream10 pilots I broke in heavy snow yesterday. I’m 6’3” 100kg. would i be happy with the sx-10s? like to ski diamond and some double-diamond with some fluff, double-blue and single-diamond in deep powder, bumps. not into screaming speed but want stability at speed. thanks for your comments

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/02

Just hired 05 SX 11’s in Mautendorf, Austria for a week- as close to perfection in an allround ski as possible. Very fast and carvy on the piste but held their own in the powder as well - once you get them going some. If I was to pick a weakpoint its the weight which means you’ve got to be quite strong and athletic to bounce the bumps… luckily I am!

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/05

I’ve been riding the SX:11 for 3 seasons now and I mus say, these skis let you feel like on rollercoaster rails. They’re a dream to ride. They belong on wide slopes where you can carve your ... up. Though the SX:11 are great, this season I made the switch to the Volkl Supersport 5* which is even abit more “carvier”

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/13

The SX:11’s are the best ski’s that I have ever ridden on. They are extremely fast and responsive. The SX:11 is an amazing ski that will do the work for you. You can fly and make awesome turns, or no turns at all if desired. They handle great at high speeds, and have no problem cutting throug all conditions, powder, slush, and ice. I love these ski’s.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/17

74kg, good skier, 1m81cm. I need an advice if those skis are not stiff for me with my weight. thanks

And i am thinking of 1m70cm so must be ok, right?

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/21

Great ski. I’ve skied it all season in the east and took them to the Kootney’s and they were great in 45cm of fresh snow. I’m 190lbs and 6’-2”. Long radius, short radius, they do it all only found them a little stiff in short choppy bumps. I will look for another pair at a deal in the off season.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/22

Sx 11s just want to go fast, great fun. After using the Sx11 for 2 weeks I tried the Sx10’s this year and they seem a bit boring in comparison, but very easy to live with. On the down side of the SX11s they are hard work and a bit heavy. I’m 6’4 and 90kg I used the 180cm skis.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/22

I own a pair of SX-B5.  Goes fast, super!  Hard work though for me (female, 5’10, 175lbs just after pregnancy) especially carrying around is no fun…

On the slopes they go really good and steady, but not for lazy skiers! No flex is no turn!

Now I was wondering, the B5 is an SX ski with B5 tech.  Is it comparable with SX11 or SX10?

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/25

These skis will go as fast as you dare to go and will still hold on. Unbeliveable edge hold at warp speeds under all conditions -hard pack, crud but still remaining very calm and responsive to inputs. But the pilot must always be on the ball, or else the ski will take over control.  Surprisingly good for quick off-piste attacks into powder and table top jumps in the terrain park.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/14

I have demoed a pair of the SX11 and loved the skiis.  Powdery/crud conditions seemed like powder!!  Not the quickest turner in the bumps,but still fun.  Can you convince me the sx10 would be a better ski to buy?  I love to ski all terrain/all conditions/ powder/goomers/bumps.  Please advise the sx11 or sx10. Thanks, ken

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 04/09

As a ski instructor in Austira, I have to say these skis are awsome! Fantstic for carving at high speed. Yet still ok for off piste.

The best Piste ski in my opinion

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 05/09

i am a good skier and a friend of mine sells his sx11 in good price can they handle the powder or i will sink like iron?thnks from greece

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 06/10

I looking for a new set of skis, should I go for the SX11 or the SX B5? (maybe wait for the 2007 SX12 or SXB5?) which ones are faster/ more stable? cheers!!! snowdevlin@hotmail.com

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 09/05

Would it be better for me to buy a rossignol Bandit B2 instead? Please answer to gepapa@in.gr

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 09/15

Forget about the SX B5 if you are below 80 kg and not in good condition. It’s a fab ski, but really heavy to carry AND to ski.  Made for extreme speeds and extreme input. Not for powder. If you are heavy, strong and a full- speed, on-piste skier, go for the B5, otherwise SX-11.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/19

I found a pair of these for sale in my area for about $250.  I really want the Volkl 724’s EXP but just can’t afford them. 

I want all mountain, I love the bumps, trees when I can get in them.  I’m 6 ft, 190, and can hold my own. 

Why should I or why should I not buy these?

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/22

Great ski. I am 6 foot 180 pounds. I have the 180cms. I am an aggressive skier.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/24

I am an aggressive 65kg female skier. These skis are great for speed and have amazing tenacity in all snow conditions that I have encountered. However they are a very hard ski. I consider myself very fit and strong (power lifting) and yet by the end of the day my legs are truly worn out! They are best for wide and medium radius turns - not really designed for flashy short controlled carving! These are for those who do not care for show and just dare!

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 09/02

Skied on these 170’s for 3 seasons. I’m 5-5 160 and am an aggressive expert. These are the first shaped skis I ever skied on, after skiing 195cm PRE 1200 SP’s for about 15 years before. I was sold on these after talking to a shop owner who also skis on them and never once regretted it. They are great falline short/ medium carvers, just stand them on edge and hold on…. they will hold if you have the fittness and legs. My summation… if you like to crank turns at speed, buy them. Just bought a pair of Metron 11 B5’s, can’t wait to see what they can do. Pray For Snow.

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/06

Just got a crazy deal on a pair of used SX11’s 160cm without bindings. Looked them up and they are the 2004 model with B4 tech. Anyone can share advice what bindings to match with? Female skier, intermediate/advanced. Thanks. ski2010@gmail.com

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 10/21

could anyone stress the main difference between GS11 and SX11? they seem to me very similar except SX being 1 down in radius. thanks Dave

Atomic SX:11 / SX11 2004
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/17

I’m 6’3, +220 pounds medium advanced.

Conditions were soft in the afternoons turning to ice overnight.

I rented a set of B5 174cm the week after I’d had a set of SX12 169cm. They kept me stable and happy on icy steeps but they’re so rigid moguls were a complete non starter. These absolutely did not let me down on anything steep, icy, scary, soft or slushy, with seemingly limitless edge grip but they were starting to get really heavy at the end of the trip and all I could do is come straight down. FAST! A really great fun ski when pushed, and can make you look like a complete hero as they give you the confidence to fly down stuff you should be scared of, but heavy for an all day hack. All in all great ski’s but perhaps a little to aggressive for my 2 weeks a year.

On that note I found the SX12’s a bit more user friendly, being a bit more usable on the bumpy stuff, and still plenty of grip. Slightly easier at low speed than the B5 but still a very stable fast ski. Really nice, and one I’d consider a keeper.

I took SX11 162cm (newer type, more black than these pictured)this trip as the rental shop didn’t have either of the other 2 in and was pleasantly surprised. Conditions were nicely granulated with some soft snow to slush on the lower slopes. Off the cuff I found them much easier to get ‘back in the saddle’ with than the other 2 and found them much easier to ski all day than either the others. The downside being I had much much less grip on ice and when pushing on down the world cup runs the first time I found a patch of ice and missed the corner all together. Once I adjusted to the less aggressive turns I got on with them just fine. Moguls were very much easier to deal with and general piste work was a lot less tiring. The only place these fell down compared to the others was when it started to get soft or slushy they just sank. All in all a really nice all rounder for a lazy day out with the Mrs.

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