Long noted for manufacturing durable skis with reliable performance, Atomic has stepped up its powder-touring offerings with the 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 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.
Update 2021/22: Updated Topsheet
|Lengths (cm)||164, 172, 180, 188|
|Weight (pair)||2330g 
||Semi-round tip and tail|
||Rockered tip and tail (20%/10%), light camber underfoot (70%)|
||HRZN Tech tip, medium radius, roundish tail|
||HRZN Tech, Carbon Backbone with Ultra Power woodcore|
||Carbon fiber and Karuba wood|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski touring in soft snow and mixed conditions|
|Notes||HRZN Tech spoon on a rockered tip is a powder slayers dream|
|Bottom Line||Above average performance in all categories|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
My one complaint is that these skis don't hold an edge very well and have a hard time gripping firm snow. With a good tune this isn't as much of an issue, but I'm not the kind of person who tunes my skis regularly and I haven't had issues with edge grip on my other skis. I kind of think this issue is inherent to the Atomic 100mm shape. I have demoed the Bentchetler 100 and Maverick 100 ti, which both share a very similar shape to the Backland 100, and all 3 skis struggled on firm snow. I know the Bentchetler 100 has a lot of fans, so if you like that ski and want a lighter touring version that doesn't sacrifice too much performance you will love the Backland 100. I know a lot of us on this website have narrower skis for firm snow, if that is you then the Backland 100 is a great lightweight powder tool.
Curious for recommendations on mount point for 100% backcountry use? Generally ski more forward, so thinking of going a ways back from centre. Also heard these have a stiff tail to manage... Any thoughts?
Mostly 60/40 resort/backcountry, would the Backland be a good choice? Any other recommandations would be appreciated.
The Atomic Backland 100 is a solid option for daily driver! When it comes to the length, the 164cm will certainly be maneuverable. Also, they will be easier to kick turn, as well as lighter. The 100mm underfoot is more than enough for the snowpack in the White Mountains or elsewhere in the east coast. If you want something a little more stable at speed, maybe go for the 172cm length.
Thanks for the question! Tip to tail "straight tape pull" measured out at 185.5cm. Hope this helps!
The 95 waist is appealing, but the 100s get some quite positive reviews. Any opinions?
Trying to decide between these and paying the weight penalty for Camox Freebird 96 or Volkl RiseBeyond 98 for a crud-buster
The Scott Speedguides are quite a stiff ski, which means great for crud busting, but not as damp as a more forgiving construction. Based on the waist width of skis that you mentioned, it looks like you are looking to move towards a more daily driver oriented waist width. If you want a ski in this category that is going to eat up vibrations from frozen or variable snow, I certainly have a few suggestions:
Take a look at the DPS Pagoda Tour 94. This is an extremely versatile ski that will shine in conditions from midwinter to late spring. It is quite damp, and will have no issues eating up variable terrain.
Also, you mentioned the Volkl Rise Beyond 98. The rockered tip and camber underfoot provide a great balance of midwinter float and enough effective edge for the spring. A surfy and playful ski, the Rise Beyond 98 will also handle variable snow quite well!
The final ski that you mentioned, the Camox Freebird, has a forgiving construction and is quite damp. It is a very obedient ski, and will not have quite the same energy as the Pagoda Tour 94 or the Volkl Rise Beyond 98.
If you have any further questions in this waist width category, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I picked up the 188's after giving up on finding a pair of the 180's. While they're a touch longer than I'd like at 5'11" 145, they still ski awesome. These things will make you rethink owning anything bigger. They tour amazing with their light weight design, and float and charge too. Especially with the longer ski I notice how well they handle higher speeds. Combined with the Backland/MTN binding, this makes for a sweet setup.
I ski this year's Backland Carbons with them. It's enough to drive this ski.
On the uphill, they are just great. For my weight and skiing, I don't need to go any lighter. I was really tentative to go this light, but this setup totally out skis my last rig, and is 400gr lighter per ski. BTW, the Atomic Backland Tour bindings have exceeded my expectations as well. I'm usually a leash guy, but these bindings are changing my mind. The brakes provide some noticeable support under the rear pins, and stiffen up the boot/ski connection. I love turning the heel pins 90 degrees on the up, and having the brake plate under my heels on the flat approaches. I haven't had a single issue with releasing, or any other function with the bindings.
Bottom line, at 1450gr, these skis still have some muscle. From my experience, if you are a bigger, pretty aggressive BC skier, and you have a hard time liking the way really light gear skis, you should give these a serious look.
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