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)
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.