Most companies go to vertical sidewalls when they want extra edge grip. Atomic does so when it wants something less grippy than its usual Beta cap construction. The Snoop still tops the category in Hard Snow Grip, but testers loved the way the precision was tempered with fun loving agility. The stability and crud busting heft are still there, but the Snoop has a forgiving side, too. Fun ski, said Woods. Light and agile; great for variable conditions.