Pros: Bullet proof on the race piste and rebound second to none.
Cons: Not recommended for the faint hearted or even recreational skier.
The GS 11.21 is Atomic's version of the original Volkl P30 race carver and is as ground breaking as the Volkl was 5 years ago.
The ski is phenomenal edge to edge, and between gates carries its speed with aplomb. The responsiveness of the ski is exacerbated by the power of the rebound, making the transition phase of the turn very fast. The upshot is a ski that is so lively it is difficult to ski with anything less than 100% commitment. This makes it a race ski with a list of honours, at every level, to its name that is the envy of its competitors.
I have skied this ski since the test variants came out in Austria last winter (01-02) and raced on it (and its slalom brother) for the latter half of the season. To test the difference I skied the first run on the Atomic 10.22 and a second on this fella. The difference was 4.5 seconds. This is an amazing statistic, giving me the edge in the next race of over 6 secs in two runs. This was purely down to the ski.
The ski is not a plaything though and is not suited to anyone less than a very accomplished skier or racer. The characteristics on piste are fantastic if the conditions are hard pack or ice. On ice it is rock solid and the edge hold is second to none. At speed it is super stable - I have raced Super G on it as well - and GS turns are a delight, although the low profile tip is alarming in wet or heavy snow.
The 11.21 is a benchmark that other GS skis will aspire to - look at the Austrians!