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Atomic Skintec Classic

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Atomic Skintec Classic nordic touring ski

Fast looking skis, great kick, a little grabby sometimes.


  • Good kick in many conditions
  • Never ice


  • Can be a little grabby sometimes

I received my Skintecs a couple of weeks ago. They are the longer and softer type, and my weight is just above the middle of the ski's weight range. I have been using the thinner mohair inserts.

The first thing I noticed is that, to glide I have to weight my heels. Some days the glide has been decent that way. Other days, it hasn't been without some friction. It may be that I have not waxed for every condition I have encountered, but it seems it may be the mohairs touching the snow during the glide phase. That may be because of inconsistent technique on my part.

Conversely, to kick, one weights the ball of one's feet. The kick is pretty good, even in warm and icy conditions uphill. I tried using the thicker mohair inserts once. But it was way too grabby for me.

Overall, they are promising skis. I have to change my technique a bit for it to work. But so far I am happy with them 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $480


  • Great grip and glide


  • A bit grabbie when stepping outside of track
  • Instant stop when hitting lichen

I went out for the first time on these skis a few days ago. I'm a recreational skier and on the trails almost daily, mostly using waxable skis.

I found the Atomic skis great for grip on a fairly icy track, good glide, but watch out for lichen in the track. I do know that if a ski is waxed with klister the same can happen. I was very careful when first going over windfall on these skis. All seemed good; they did glide over windfall so I stopped worrying.

Almost finished my loop, I hit some old man's beard lichen on a down hill, one ski stopped on the spot I went flying and haven't been able to sit on my tail bone since. I'm still happy with these skis, but wished I had known to watch for the lichen.


Source: bought it new

A very simple, functional product. Atomic has nailed it here. Great kick, good glide, and no maintenance!


  • Low maintenance
  • Great build quality
  • Good kick and glide


  • None significant enough to worth mentioning

Not a lot to say — they do what the manufactures says they do. Plain and simple.

Source: bought it new

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