Skimo Co

If you’re on a quest for the Holy Grail of fast-and-light skis, you’ve found it in the Atomic Backland 86 UL. Light construction, tight radius, and high torsional strength make this ski a machine for the tightest ski mountaineering lines, and a sharp 3-degree side edge bevel provides unparalleled hold on the hardest of snow and ice. However, this ski is not confined to this role like Price Herbert in his father’s fourth castle. Avoiding being typecasted to a single role, the Backland 86 UL is more than a ski mountaineering one-trick pony. The All-Mountain Rocker and All-Terrain Profile ensure well-rounded performance for the variety of conditions one may encounter in the backcountry. The HRZN 3D tip is a form of beveling witchcraft that increases the float at the tip of the ski while helping with easier turn initiation. For the Backland skis in particular, the HRZN 3D tip utilizes a thin, perforated layer to help the ski float like a duck while lowering the weight. Witchcraft, I say! Whether your journey takes you to Camelot or to Cold Fusion, you’ll be glad to have the Atomic Backland 86 UL by your side.

  • Surprisingly versatile for its weight thanks to the All-Terrain Profile and All-Mountain Rocker.
  • Carbon fiberglass construction with a Carbon Backbone provides dampness and energy so you can ski faster than the airspeed of an unladen swallow.
  • HRZN 3D tip enhances float and control in powder or choppy snow.
  • More sustainable manufacturing keeps the carbon out of the atmosphere and in your skis.
  • Ultra Light Wood Core finds a good balance of weight savings, durability, and performance.
  • Around a third the weight of your average duck.
Lengths (cm) 157, 165, 172, 179
convert to ounces
970g [165]
Weight (pair) 1940g [165]
Sidecut   117-84.5-105 [157]
118.5-85-106.5 [165]
120-85.5-108 [172]
121.5-86-109.5 [179]
Turn Radius   14.2m [157]
15.2m [165]
16.2m [172]
17.2m [179]
Skin Fix   Tip notch, flat tails
Specs Verified
Profile   All-Mountain Rocker with flat tail
Shape   Directional
Construction   Carbon fiberglass with Carbon Backbone
Core   Ultra Light Woodcore
Skimo Co Says
Usage Speed touring, fitness touring, steep skiing
Notes Kick turns are a breeze thanks to the lightweight HRZN 3D Backland tip
Bottom Line A redesigned Backland construction with better versatility and speed handling

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