Atomic's Backland Bent Chetler Ski constantly redefines what's possible in powder. Professional powder player Chris Benchetler chooses this ski to pop off kickers, jib trees, and flip off awe-inspiring cliffs because of the ski's harmonious blend of poppy performance and rugged durability. Atomic's HRZN Tech blends a durable ABS sidewall construction with a horizontal rocker that adds 10% more surface area to the tail for less tip deflection and better tracking. Pair that with a whole lot of rocker in the tip and tail, and you're bound to have a playful time every time you dive into the deeps.
It goes without saying that a 120mm waist width means the Backland Bent Chetler Ski excels in powder, but Atomic added slight camber underfoot to assure solid edge control when you hit occasional hardpack. The Backland boasts a light wood core made of poplar to ensure stability and proper shock absorption, and there's a carbon backbone to increase edge control, enhance agility, and remain strong for seasons of cliff-droppings, tree-jibbings, and downright rowdy powdery play.
- A powder-hungry pair of freeride planks
- 120mm waist thrives in deep snow
- Rockered profile floats like a dream
- Camber underfoot lets you lay it down on hardpack
- Wood core is poppy and playful
- Carbon Backbone adds strength without weight
- Sidewalls maintain edge control
- Item #ATO009N
- Q & A
All Conditions Ripper
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have the 2017 model of these skis and they were my everyday ski last year at Snow Bird resort in Utah. I got many deep powder days which they definitely excelled in but they're also super stable at high speeds on hardpack. The weight took some getting used to as I have the 192s and they're the biggest ski I own but it didn't hinder my ability to skis trees. I'm 5'11and 160 lbs for reference.
They are stiff skis but coupled with the rocker in the tip and tail they were perfectly floaty in the deep stuff but made for confident charging on the hardpack. They chattered at high speeds but that was only where the tip wouldn't touch the snow because of the rocker. The HRZN tech tip on the tip and tails is also super awesome. You can't tell a difference when on hardpack as they don't touch but in the deep stuff they make for some playful slashing.
If you don't mind the weight, are looking for a new pow ski that also slays all other conditions, I'd recommend this ski. I would also say these should be paired with a burly binding like the Atomic STH2 WTR 16 bindings which I rock on them.
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