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Atomic Backland 107 Touring Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

The Atomic Backland 107 combines low weight with power, creating a powerful touring ski

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

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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.

Atomic Backland 107 Shaping

Replacing the previous Backland FR 108 and Automatic 109, the Backland 107s feature a freeride-specific waist width of 107 mm. This, in combination with the powder rocker which features rocker in both the tips than the tails (although less in the tails), results in a directional platform that thrives in soft snow conditions. 

The power that the carbon backbone and duracap sidewall produce has been enhanced through camber underfoot that runs for 70% of the length of the ski. This camber gives the Backland 107 a long effective edge to help provide stable handling in hard snow conditions. 

Similar to that of the Bent Chetler 120, Atomic has shaped the tip of the Backland 107 with their HRZN tech tip. This bevelled tip mimics the hull of a boat by increasing the surface area by 10%. Not only that, the bevelled tip also helps to reduce any unwanted hooking characteristics you usually get with a totally flat base.

Who Is The Atomic Backland 107 For?

The Atomic Backland 107 is one of the highest performing touring-specific freeride skis on the market right now. While the Line Vision 108 offers an extremely playful ride at a similar weight point, the Backland 107 provides a powerful ski for those who prefer to keep things directional.

What Is The Atomic Backland 107 Good At?

Versatility: 8/10
Touring: 8/10
Weight: 8/10

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