Do you ever feel an uncontainable rage at photos of tightly-linked short-radius powder turns? Do your legs quiver with anticipation for the next day when you can bust out your ski torpedoes and put an end to the madness of #stackingtracks and #tightywhiteys? Do you have a habit of burdening innocent two-buckle touring boots with Booster straps and aggressive spoilers? Do you like to go big and crash bigger? If so, your ski has arrived. You don't make turns like most backcountry skiers, and the Backland 107 wouldn't want you to. Boasting enough tail stiffness to gun the ski out of the backseat and enough tip rocker to make the ski plane out of the snow at mach-looney, Atomic's 107-waisted powder weapon has the mojo to straightline Highlands Bowl and to blast down the apron of the S&S Couloir. Don't worry about crud and sun crust; the HRZN Tech tip and Ultra Power wood core will take care of that. Don't worry about hitting rocks in the runout; full sidewall construction and impressive girth will protect your pontoon boards from harm. Just worry about stopping at the bottom of the run, and not getting too upset the next time you open Instagram.
- HRZN Tech tip shaping coupled with generous tip rocker means an unbeatable ride when you're getting totally deep.
- Carbon backbone with Karuba wood provides the right amount of stiffness and responsiveness.
- Atomic's Powder Rocker profile blends directional turning with the much-desired "surfy" feel.
- Full sidewall construction makes for a durable ski with solid edge hold
Update 2021/22: Topsheet received a new paint job.
Update 2022/23: Yet again Atomic updated the topsheet.
Update 2023/24: A fresh coat of paint on the same great ski.
|Lengths (cm)||175, 182, 189|
|Weight (pair)||3010g 
||Round tips, roundish tail with rubber protector|
||Rockered tip and tail (25%), light camber underfoot (75%)|
||HRZN Tech tip, medium radius, rounded tail|
||HRZN Tech, Carbon Backbone with Ultra Power woodcore|
||Carbon fiber and Karuba wood|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Creating massive rooster-tails in powder and setting Strava descent records in crud|
|Notes||Supportive tail is tailor-made for straightlining big faces|
|Bottom Line||High-stability, high-speed powder ripper|
|Compare to other Excess-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
For a durable, fully featured binding with all the bells and whistles (and brakes), it's hard to do better than the ATK Raider series of bindings. You could go with a C-Raider for slightly lighter weight, or a full aluminum Raider Evo if you prefer a solid metal construction. For something lighter, without brakes, the Ski Trab Titan Vario.2 or the Plum Oazo would be a great match.
In the end, we prefer to match the binding to the skier more than the just ski. If you check out our binding finder we can dial in our recommendation.
i have Atomic Backland 107 and Dynafit Rotation ready to mount.
looking for an advise on drill bit size to drill on the skis for the bindings. I've read here that Dynafit Rotation suggests 4.1 x 9.0mm, but that size is for skis with metal plate. Do these skis have metal place on the top or i can use a narrow drill bit like 3.6 x 9.0mm on this skis?
i couldnt find any info regarding metal plate on backland skis. also when i was going to order a drill bit, i found this;
3.6 x 9.0mm Drill Bit - This is the bit for Atomic skis with wood cores (including Ultimates),
sounds like backland skis have wood core AND metal plate.
You are correct, the Backland 107 is a great performer in powder with a generous amount of rocker, lending itself to a "surfier" feel. With a shape and construction that focuses on being a powder-oriented ski, it does not perform as well across the variety of conditions you may encounter day to day. In not-so-powdery conditions, you may find them to be as forgiving as the Pagado Tours and with stiffer tails, at slower speeds or in terrain that requires a high degree of maneuverability, you may find that you would need to drive the tips of the skis harder than some other options. It is important to note that this exact ski is not offered in a 167cm length. For a lightweight daily driver that is both easy-going and quite nimble, I would suggest checking out the Voile Hyper V6
The Hannibal is a bit stiffer and has more camber than the Backland, so I'd recommend the Hannibal for you. The Backland is more rockered and has an earlier rise at the tip, so it will float better than the Hannibal at low speeds. You could also check out the Dynastar M-Tour 99. It has a traditional sidecut, which lends itself well to skiing in less-than-ideal conditions.
If you wanted to drop even more weight while retaining the hard-charging downhill performance and easygoing feel, take a look at the Voile Hyper Charger!
My understanding is that the front clip needs to be narrow enough to fit inside the rounded portions (due to HRZN). Atomic shown doesn't seem to have stock.
Any help in finding a good skin that would prevent/reduce this known issue for me and others would be great! Thank you for any direction/advice/help!
I also had a pair of 185cm Voile Hyperdrifters (125mm waist) but I sold those because the Backland 107s floated just as well, even in deep AK powder, and the Backlands are a lot damper and handle funky snow better.
of note: the HRZN Tech tip is a stupid gimmick. The thing doesn't even touch the snow while turning, so it doesn't help anything, but it does fold the tips of climbing skins allowing snow to build up under your skins. It's frustrating. The Backland skis will be better when HRZN Tech goes away, like all useless tech features eventually do.
Carefully consider the tip attachment method for your skins if you get HRZN skis.
Jeff recommended these bad boys and I couldn't be happier to tour with these. >>> frame bindings on BlackCrows Animas!
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