Atomic Backland 107 Freeride Ski 2022 – 2023 | Review

The Atomic Backland 107 is a freeride ski that surprised us with just how versatile it was across the entire mountain

Why we chose the Backland 107: Light, versatile, fun 

Lengths (cm): 175, 182, 185
Sidecut (mm):137 / 107 / 124 (182 cm)
Radius: 18.5m (182cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,550g (182 cm)
Price: £600


Atomic currently have some of the best freeride skiers out there with Craig Murray, Julian Jemesa and Manu Barnard all repping the Backland range in the FWT. They are the Bentchetler’s more hardcore cousins and if you’re looking for some skis that’ll charge through any terrain, you’ve come to the right place. 

Atomic Backland 107 Shaping

The Backland 107 has a surprisingly large surface area for its weight. There are a few reasons for this. Starting at the tip, it’s fitted with the HRZN tech nose. This provides a 10% surface area increase without increasing the swing rate. This technology, blended with 20% rocker, means you’ll be forever floating on the deep stuff.

With 70% of the ski being camber, there is enough effective edge to provide stable handling even in the toughest of conditions.

To keep the weight down, Atomic has used a caruba and poplar wood core. They’ve then beefed up the ski with their lightweight Carbon Backbone technology; making it stronger and more responsive while still ensuring the ski is light enough for a good day of walking.

The Duracap sidewall then helps increase torsional stability. Even though it’s not as strong as a full sidewall, it’s another weight-saving asset. On top of the ski is a nice and glossy top sheet designed to shed snow, an essential thing in ski touring.

Down at the tail, Atomic has kept it flat, (perfect for tail clips while touring). The Backlands aren’t twin tipped so don’t buy these expecting to ride switch down the mountain. That doesn’t mean they aren’t fun though, so don’t shy away from side hits and getting creative.

Who Is The Atomic Backland 107s For?

The Backland 107 is a hybrid ski. Less like a Prius and more like a Porsche 918 Spyder. It is the perfect ski for someone who wants to walk up the hill but doesn’t want to miss out on the capabilities of a normal ski on the way down.

Being a park skier myself, the first thing that came to mind when I tested the Backland 107 was their reputation for being the perfect ‘dad ski’. Solid, dependable and always there for you. I wasn’t wrong but I certainly underestimated their overall capabilities. They charged through the icy crud as fast as I dared to go, and the ski felt in control at all times.

There aren’t many faces you’d feel out of place on this ski. Because they are so light as well, there aren’t many you won’t want to walk up either. It’s fun, ‘chargey’ and easy to ski on. I sincerely doubt anyone will regret purchasing this bit of kit… no matter their age, ability, or whether they’re dads.

What Is The Atomic Backland 107 Good At?

Weight: 8/10
Versatility: 8/10
Stability: 8/10

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