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Atomic Backland 100 Ski


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Long noted for manufacturing durable skis with reliable performance, Atomic has stepped up its powder-touring offerings with the new Backland 100. With a touch more rocker than its little brother the Backland 95, but plenty of camber for long days on the skin track, the Backland 100 brings a refined take on the rocker-camber-rocker profile. Up front, Atomic's unique HRZN Tech tips make entering turns a breeze with their upturned sides, while the rounded tail makes for easy turn release even in the densest of spring snow. Compared with the Backland 95, Atomic has opted for a rounder flex with the Backland 100, making short-radius turns a breeze without losing the top-end speed that has long made the Backland series a favorite of fast descenders on both sides of the Atlantic. Pressed into service on hard snow, the Backland's heritage in the Alps quickly comes to the fore, and the skis don't balk at hard edging and inconsistent crust. With many ski tourers across western North America looking for a versatile board in the 100-underfoot category, the Backland 100 is sure to show its talents all the way from Arizona to Alberta.

  • HRZN Tech tip shaping increases flotation in deep snow, and decreases deflection in less-than-ideal conditions.
  • Carbon backbone provides the right amount of stiffness for a responsive but supple ride.
  • Atomic's Powder Rocker profile yields easy turns in powder and crud alike.
  • Full sidewall construction increases durability and creates solid edge hold.

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Lengths (cm) 164, 172, 180, 188
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1341g [180]
Weight (pair) 2682g [180]
Dimensions 127.5-98-118 [164]
128.5-99-119 [172]
129.5-100-120 [180]
130.5-101-121 [188]
Turn Radius 14.6m [164]
17m [172]
19.2m [180]
21.6m [188]
Skin Fix Tip loop and tail clip
Specs Verified 180 only
Profile Rockered tip and tail (20%/10%), light camber underfoot (70%)
Shape HRZN Tech tip, medium radius, rounded tail
Construction HRZN Tech, Carbon Backbone with Ultra Power woodcore
Core Carbon fiber and Karuba wood
Skimo Co Says
Usage Soft snow and mixed conditions
Notes HRZN Tech and added rocker brings new refinement to Atomic's powder-ski offerings
Bottom Line North American versatility meets European ski design

Questions & Reviews

Question from Dan
Hey guys, those dimensions look very much like the Bentchetler 100 - is the rocker profile the same, or is it more directional like the other Backland skis?
Answer from TSB
Hey Dan, you got it, the Backland 100 is much more "directional" than the Bentchetlers, with a lightly rockered tail instead of the full banana-split profile of the Bentchetler 100. I think you would find it to have a much more traditional feel at the same waist width -- better for those varied backcountry conditions and the occasional encounter with some hard snow, instead of a pure powder-surfing design. In testing the Backland 100 seemed to share the damp feel of many of Atomic's skis but with a little more "oomph" for the weight than most of their previous powder offerings. Only downside is the lack of a tree-guitar (guitar-tree?) on the top sheet. :-)
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Model: Backland 100

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