The Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT is Atomic’s interpretation of how a brand should build a pair of race skis to satisfy all kinds of race skiers. It’s never an easy endeavour, and at the end of the day the result can be wonderful or a nonsense failure. However, if intelligence persists there are chances to succeed.
This ski is only built in one size. And everyone knows the “one size fits all” rule is a failure. The Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT is 175cm long for everyone. A shorter size could have resulted on a short turn ski, which was not the original idea. A longer one could have resulted in a no go for most skiers since not many modern skiers are able to handle long “narrow” skis. However, they could have gone for a two size offering although they have not. Economical and technical reasons could be found behind that decision since the difference sizing could have resulted in two different molds, increasing production costs. And everyone in this industry is trying to make some money.
The skis profile has the race pedigree with quite narrow dimensions of just 65mm under the foot. It is clear enough maneuverability was in Atomic’s designers minds when they were drawing the Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT. Beyond that all the skiers I’ve talked about the Redster range claim the same: the shovels easily come into the new turn. The tail’s shape looks more agressive than the GS model, and that’s because this ski is designed with carved clean turns at any speed in mind.
The technologies in the Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT are the Powercore Cap, the Ramp Tech and the Tappered Sidewall. There is not much to say about a cap construction method. Some claim it’s crap, some others talk about it like if it was a miracle. All depends on what’s inside. And Atomic has always made good products although quite often they have shown a preference on chemistry, using injection instead of using a proper combination of woods or even well engineered synthetic cores. The RAMP technology consists in elevating the heel in relation to the toes and finally obtaining a ramp up to 10 degrees, as it has been already explained in the Atomic Race overall article. Atomic thinks it is a good idea and they have done it with good intentions. I think it is a bad idea since that kind of cheating won’t really help the end user.
Now, the bullet. This is what Atomic states about the Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT: “With its 65.5 millimeter waist and a 15.5 meter radius, the Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT is super agile even at top speeds and a perfect blend of GS and SL performance features. The perfect ski for amateur racing or coach level.” The verdict is: This is false. Amateur racing has two other models to choose from in this very range which are called GS and SL respectively. And a coach won’t ever use the Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 XT as a ski to ride with. Coachers quite often use skis as a transport method. If they want to ski they take the real good ones, not the cheaters.
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