Atomic Saipal and Tacora

Atomic Saipal and Tacora

Wall, Jeannie
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The Atomic Saipal (new version of the Femme Fatale) is wide enough for great powder days yet shaped enough to carve it up in corn or crud. Combined with the Dynafit binding system, it’s hard to imagine a lighter package for all-around touring. I highly recommend it to anyone getting started with AT gear—it’ll make the entry easy, light, fun, and versatile. There’s nothing worse than clomping around the backcountry with heavy gear when you're not feeling in top physical shape to begin with. Light is definitely right.

The Atomic Tacora is a light ski for what it does and that’s become more and more of an advantage in my mind. I grew up alpine skiing and love a beefy setup for pounding Bridger Bowl or other ski areas; but I'm continually impressed with what’s possible on lighter gear in the backcountry and how many more quality turns I get with less fatigue. The Tacora seems to be the best of both worlds: wide enough to float in the cold smoke and light and shaped enough to carve it up in death-cookie, breakable-crust hairball days. Again, I use the Dynafit system and have seen it pushed hard on steep, difficult terrain by bigger guys, to no ill effect. It’s also durable enough to go the distance while light enough to allow you the energy to get there.




Jeannie Wall, director of the first US National Ski Mountaineering Team, is a top-five finisher in world cup and world championship ski mountaineering races, the top US female finisher in numerous Randonnee Rally races, and has won the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships in Jackson Hole four years in a row.
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