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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 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.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 164, 172, 180, 188
Weight
convert to ounces
1165g [164]
1230g [172]
1325g [180]
1430g [188]
Weight (pair) 2330g [164]
2460g [172]
2650g [180]
2860g [188]
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]
17.0m [172]
19.2m [180]
21.6m [188]
Skin Fix   Semi-round tip and tail
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Profile   Rockered tip and tail (20%/10%), light camber underfoot (70%)
Shape   HRZN Tech tip, medium radius, roundish tail
Construction   HRZN Tech, Carbon Backbone with Ultra Power woodcore
Core   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.
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Questions & Reviews

4/12/2021
Christopher S (used product regularly)
 
I am 5'11", 185 lbs and my previous ski was Blizzard Zero G 108. The Atomic Backland 100 in 188cm is easy to turn but with a strong solid finish like a real carver. It is lively but doesn't have too much camber, great in light powder, great in slushy deep corn, and very comfortable on firm snow as long as it’s smooth. It struggles a little in chattery refrozen snow and in heavy or wind damaged powder, but that’s what you get with the approx 1400g per ski weight (compared to a heavier "freight train" like the Zero G 108).
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4/5/2021
Question from Jordan
 
How damp are these skis? I have older Scott speedguides which are not damp and poor at crud busting

Trying to decide between these and paying the weight penalty for Camox Freebird 96 or Volkl RiseBeyond 98 for a crud-buster
4/5/2021
Answer from Tristan M
 
Hi Jordan,

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 help@skimo.co!
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3/21/2021
Question from Tom
 
Hello, does anybody have a sizing recommendation? I have a Black Diamond Helio 105 186cm now – I’m tall (6’4, 175lbs). Not sure if 188 or 180 would be better. I like the Helio in 186 (currently mounted -1cm from rec) but I’m looking for something as light, with a bit more edge grip on the uphills..and maybe a bit more playful?
3/22/2021
Answer from eric
 
Tom- The Atomic will definitely fit the bill of being more playful. You will keep the same kind of higher-speed stability by staying in the 188 length. You will gain more maneuverability by going to the shorter ski. So 188 might be the ticket if you liked your current length ski.
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2/15/2021
Adam L (used product regularly)
 
Potential quiver of one for the Wasatch!
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.
2/18/2021
Reply from Travis
 
What boot did you pair with them?
2/19/2021
Reply from Adam L
 
Travis,
I ski this year's Backland Carbons with them. It's enough to drive this ski.
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12/14/2020
stormy (used product a few times)
 
I'm skiing the 188's with Atomic Backland Tour's w/ brakes. I'm 6'1" 200 lbs. I don't have a ton of time on them, but I've skied them in enough different conditions to give an initial review. Mine are around 1800g per ski w/ bindings and brakes (one slightly over, one slightly under). These skis are a revelation for me. I usually have a hard time liking the way light skis perform on the down. Granted, I'm pretty big and a physical skier. I just couldn't believe what these skis were doing for me, at the weight they are. I skied some real firm sastrugi today and was able to just tear it up on these skis. Weirdly stable, for the weight. Had them on some rain crust, they edged like a champ, very strong torsionally. Skied a foot of cold pow on them, and they surfed/floated great, and loved taking speed on the run outs. So I was thinking, "what's up with these light skis, why are they so good?" Determined to find their limit, I took them to the resort. I was skiing up to 40mph on the groomers, and the Atomics were rock solid. Even fun. Determined to whip them, I found some heavy, tracked up, sun warmed after lunch mank, and then I found their limit. But to be fair, they performed pretty well for their intended use. I should mention, I ski in Scarpa Maestrale RS's, which are out for the recall repair, so I've been in my old Salomon QST 130 pro's. They aren't the stiffest touring boot, so I don't feel like they are skewing my results.
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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11/8/2020
Question from Seth Fineman
 
How is it possible that the atomic Backland 100s in the 172 length are lighter Per ski than than the Backland 95s are in a 169?
11/10/2020
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Seth, there are some differences in the core and sidewall construction between the two, as well as a different topsheet material.
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10/15/2020
Comment from Joel
 
FYI, I purchased these in the 188 size and weighed them. 1355 for one and 1375 for the other. Very happy with those weights for 100 underfoot. Can't wait to ski them.
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10/5/2020
Question from Hayden
 
Has anyone tried this ski with a lighter boot? Specifically, I am curious if my Alien RS's would be sufficient to steer this ski in sub-optimal snow conditions. I currently ski a 178cm Blizzard Zero G 95 with this boot and have no issues turning in cruddy snow. I'd be looking at the 180cm version of the Backland 100.
10/5/2020
Answer from Teddy Young
 
The Backland 100 might even be a touch friendlier than the Zero G 95, so I think the Alien RS should do just fine driving it!
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3/20/2020
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?
3/21/2020
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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