The Atomic D2 Vario Cut skis are intermediate level skis designed with variable radius cuts. This allows the ski to make large sweeping arc turns going down the mountain while providing solid stability for the intermediate skier. The Atomic D2 Vario Cut (VC) requires the proper bindings for safety as well as top performance of the skis. The ski, combined with the right bindings, is designed to change shape going into turns, allowing the sweep and arc turns regardless of conditions.
Atomic Neox 14
Atomic suggests using its proprietary bindings with the D2 Vario Cut. Designed in conjunction with each other and to complement performance, the Neox 14 binding is the top-of-the-line binding in the company's production line. The toe-piece uses a factory laser-inscribed tension scale and a a twin-pivot for increased elasticity and safety. Neox bindings are available in several DIN settings, including the 14. Look for the number following the Neox for the DIN of the particular binding.
Atomic XTL 9 Lady - Women's Specific
Atomic produces a line of bindings designed for female skiers. The XTL 9 is the female specific binding suggested by Atomic for use with the D2 Vario Cut. The XTL features full flex off the toe piece and are available in several DIN settings such as the XTL 9, XTL 7 and XTL 045 (for junior female skiers).
Atomic FFG 14
The Atomic FFG 14 series of bindings have no plate between the toe piece and the heal lock and clamp. This design removes much of the weight of traditional bindings, and Atomic claims it is the "next generation of bindings." Using the FFG 14 with the D2 Vario Cuts is the recommended binding from Atomic for those who are skiing off piste or out of bounds. The binding is exceptionally strong and designed for the punishment of jumps and park riding. Several DIN settings are available.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.