Wherever the snow's the fluffiest.
The Backland FR is Atomic's new collection of freeride powder chargers, and the Backland FR 109 Ski is the collection's most versatile choice for hitting deep days in the resort or touring to secret powder stashes. Its HRZN Tech ABS sidewall construction includes a horizontal rocker profile to add more surface area to the tip for enhanced flotation, reduced tip deflection, and overall better performance whether you're skiing pow, crud, and anything in between.
The Backland strikes a stunning performance-to-weight ratio for resort or backcountry use. A poplar wood core keeps the ski light enough for quick tours, while the carbon backbone ensures agility and edge hold when you're cranking speeds down big mountains. Atomic made this ski with input from freeriding professionals Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dana Flahr, so you know it can handle speedy descents down AK-sized spines.
- Freeride powder charger with a great performance-to-weight ratio
- 109mm waist width floats well in pow and handles hardpack
- Powder Rocker excels in powder, crud, and everything in between
- HRZN Tech ABS sidewall construction is durable and stable
- Lightweight poplar wood core with carbon backbone
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these to replace a pair of Soul 7s. I have these mounted as a touring ski with G3 Ion 12 bindings. So far, I'm very happy with them. They have a nice even medium flex. They hold an edge well but aren't too unruly that you can't release and slarve a bit when necessary. They're very damp and handle hard snow, crud and powder without issue. As far as a touring ski goes, the weight isn't ultralight but probably fall towards the light end of the spectrum.
Scope, send, stomp!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Coming from a pair of stiff 186cm 104mm underfoot full camber skis these were a well welcome upgrade. I am an east coast born and raised skier riding the mountains in the Wasatch front. I am 6' 170lbs and ended up going with the 182's, mostly because my ski bag wouldn't fit anything above a 186 and I didn't want to buy another, but I am happy with the length.
These skis are awesome. I set mine up with Solomon guardian 13 bindings and have been pleasantly surprised on the touring capabilities as well. They aren't super light, but also aren't painfully heavy either. They will not have the extreme float of the bent chetlers but will still ride extremely well in the powder along with feel really comfortable setting down arc to arc turns on groomers.
I mostly ski technical steep lines along with do my fair share of finding hits and riding switch. The butter tips (lack of metal edge on the first 10 cm or so) is a welcome benefit and noticeably less catchy than my old skis.
These skis are super playful, if you are the type of skier to go fast though the bumpy soft stuff then you will love these, tail scrubs are a welcome way of slowing down and boosting off of whatever bumps you can find is just a blast.
Haven't felt limited by these skis at all and just looking forward to keep pushing the boundaries of what these skis can accomplish.
Jack of All Trades, Master of Some
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm 5'11" and 175lbs. I'm an advanced skier skiing mostly in Utah, but occasionally popping back up to the PNW. I am skiing the 182cm size. I mounted these up with Kingpin 13's at the recommended Factory Mount. I've previously skied the Atomic Automatic 109's and these are practically identical as best I can tell - though they do have the HRZN Tech ABS sidewall on the tips. I've skied inbound mostly at Alta and then toured a handful of days on these.
Though these really shine when in fresh snow, but they really are fun to ski on just about everything. I've skied them on groomers, crud, the best of snow, and snow that is less than ideal. All in all, they're stiff enough to charge on, but not so much that you get worked when riding them. These are the middle brother of the Backland FR series and are going to handle a variety of snow conditions best.
As a touring set up, these aren't the lightest set up you can get (but also not the heaviest), but for the intent of skiing sidecountry and relatively quick approaches in the Wasatch primarily, they rock.
They're relatively affordable when comparison to skis in the same category and would say performance of them is going to be just as good as many of them.
If you're looking for a pair of skis that are fun on everything from crud to packed powder to a sleeper pow day, these are going to be your best bet. Feel free to call my direct line 801.204.4547 or email at email@example.com if you have any questions on these skis or what to mount them with!