Why we chose the Atomic Backland 107: Lightweight, powerful, directional
Lengths (cm): 175, 182, 189
Sidecut (mm): 137 / 107 / 124 (182 cm)
Radius: 18.5m (182 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,550g (182 cm)
Price: £600 / €699 / $850
Coming in at a weight of 1,550 grams and carrying a waist width of 107 mm, the Atomic Backland 107 strikes a phenomenal surface area to weight ratio. But, is this at the expense of power and stability? Well, given these skis are the choice of freeride legends Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Nick McNutt, we’d bet not.
Atomic Backland 107 Build
These impressive levels of weight and surface area have been built from the inside out with an incredibly lightweight Caruba and Poplar woodcore. This core has then been stiffened up through Atomic’s Carbon Backbone technology. These stringers sit on top of the woodcore and, while running for the length of the ski, provide power and strength to the ski at a low weight cost.
“The Atomic Backland 107 strikes a phenomenal surface area to weight ratio”
A duracap sidewall wraps up this construction. While not as strong as, say, a full sidewall, this semi cap construction results in high levels of power transmission and durability at a lower weight point than a full sidewall construction. Sitting at the top of the ski is a glossy topsheet that’s been designed to shed snow – an essential feature for touring skis.
Other nifty features include a handy flat tail to seat your skin tail clip. If you’re a fan of gliding mohair skins, then you can grab Atomic’s pre-cut Hybrid skins that feature an easy to handle hybrid glue that keeps your skins from sticking together free of any skin cutting stress.