ATOMIC BACKLAND FR 109

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OUR TAKE If it’s big lines you seek, the Backland is your ski. A stiff flex pat­tern and high un­der­foot side­walls let us open the throt­tle on steeps, while ta­pered ends and rocker (in the tip and tail) kept the skis float­ing on top of soft stuff. The side­wall height thins at each end for more for­give­ness, which we ap­pre­ci­ated on drops in the slack­coun­try around Soli­tude, Utah.

THE DE­TAILS The Backland is the heav­i­est ski in this lineup, but it’s light and rel­a­tively re­spon­sive for its class, thanks to a car­bon back­bone. “Paired with low-bulk tech bind­ings, it had no prob­lem han­dling day mis­sions,” says an Alaska tester. At 109mm un­der­foot, the Backland is wide enough for pow­der with­out be­ing un­wieldy on hard­pack.

TRAIL CRED “Best float in the test,” pro­claimed one tester of the Backland, which has spoon-like, hor­i­zon­tal rocker in the tip to give it more sur­face area with­out adding weight. “I stayed on top of new snow in Big Cot­ton­wood Canyon and barely sank in when skin­ning.” $725; 8 lbs. 3 oz. (182); 175, 182, 189 (134-109124); atomic.com

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