Backland 85 Alpine Touring Ski
Backcountry touring isn't just about skiing down the freshest powder around. Depending on the season, most days can consist of cruddy, icy hardpack. When faced with firm conditions, step into Atomic's Backland 85 Ski and lay turns down steep couloirs, hard-to-reach summits, and downright aesthetic lines with confidence. This Backland boasts an impressive weight barely exceeding five pounds, so your legs won't feel fatigued after a long day of touring.
An 85mm waist and generous camber helps this ski hold an edge on hardpack with ease, but a rockered tip ensures you can ride through any wind-drifted pow you happen to come across. Atomic's HRZN Tech tip is a bonus, adding 10% more surface area to the tip for increased flotation and the enhanced ability to plow through less-than-optimal conditions. Atomic built this ski's core with poppy poplar wood and caruba wood to keep the ski light, and there's a carbon backbone to save weight and maintain a stiff, powerful flex.
- An ultralight touring ski for conquering long distances
- 85mm waist width conquers crud, hardpack, and icy terrain
- Rockered tip rides over softer snow with ease
- HRZN Tech tip provides increased flotation without adding weight
- Underfoot camber carves when the snow is firm
- Ultralight wood core blends poppy poplar with lightweight caruba
- Carbon backbone enhances edge hold and agility without extra weight
- Underfoot sidewall holds a solid edge and enhances power transmission
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- Q & A
These are great skis
I picked these up for spring around the Wasatch and Summer in the Cascades. I've ended up skiing everything from deep powder to corn in these over the past few months and while they are very playful and excell in icy conditions, and they handle everything else well enough. They don't chatter much at 35-40mph, and you can manage in deep powder. But on evening from steep moguls to icy single track trails, they really shine. Very quick edge to edge, easy hop turns, and they're super light.