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Atomic Backland 95 Ski

Brand: Atomic
Model: Backland 95
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Rare is the time we sacrifice peak-bagging prowess for pure power on the descent, but luckily with the Backland 95, you don’t have to. Borrowing geometry cues from Atomic’s larger powder skis and core construction secrets from its lighter-weight brethren, the Backland 95 is a big mountain ski put on a substantial diet. Or maybe a mountaineering ski that was put on a fattening diet? We're not certain. What is certain though is the Backland 95 brings substantial influence from both free-ride touring and ski mountaineering to create a ski that is capable of it all. A free-rider's spring ski, a mountaineer's powder ski, maybe your only ski. At any rate, the lightweight Poplar and Caruba core keeps things light and powerful while a full-length sidewall increases durability and edge-hold. The tip is spooned on the sides to make turning a breeze. The Backland 95 is Atomics' contender for the quiver-of-one.

  • AT Tip 2.0 is shaped to reduce hooky tips in challenging snow, allowing you to ski the way you want to no matter the conditions.
  • HRZN Tech is a lateral tip rocker (think of a spoon) that increases effective surface area in the tip for increased flotation, decreased deflection, and easy turn-initiation.
  • Carbon Backbone increases power transfer, dampens vibrations, and keeps the ski light.
  • Full sidewall increases edge-grip in steep, firm snow while reducing chatter and vibrations at high speed.
  • Ultra-Light Woodcore is the Poplar and Caruba backbone in the Backland 95.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 169cm
177cm
185cm
Weight
-> ounces
1255g [169cm]
1350g [177cm]
Weight (pair) 2510g [169cm]
2700g [177cm]
Dimensions 125-95-113.5 [169cm]
126.5-95-115 [177cm]
128-95-116.5 [185cm]
Turn Radius 17m [169]
18m [177]
19m [185]
Skin Fix Tip notch, flat tail
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Profile Rocker tip 15%, camber 85%
Shape AT Tip 2.0, tapered tail
Construction HRZN Tech, Carbon Backbone
Core Poplar and Caruba wood core
Skimo Co Says
Usage Powder hunting, quiver of one
Notes Tip is spooned laterally to ease turn-initiation
Bottom Line Easy to ski, all-around confidence inspiring
4/2/2018
Question from Al T
 
Hi- which skins does atomic make for these skis and what do you think of them. Thanks
4/3/2018
Answer from Nate
 
Hi Al T, Atomic is sourcing their skins through Contour. The precut skins for this ski are a high quality mohair featuring the Hybrid adhesive. They are very nice.
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3/26/2018
Question from Al T
 
Hi- any idea how this ski stacks up against the volkl bmt 94? I'm on the 94s and really like them, but these are lighter and I'd be interested if they skied as well at less weight. I like the mid 90s size for a daily driver all arounder. Thanks
3/27/2018
Answer from Nate
 
Hi AI T, I can't say exactly the differences between this ski and the BMT 94 but I will tell you that this ski has been universally well liked by everyone we have put it on. It's one of the best skiing 95mm touring skis out there, regardless of weight class.
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3/22/2018
by Robert (downright abused product)
 
Quiver-killer skis that are easy to skin or carry uphill, and that are ear-to-ear grin fun and confidence inspiring on the way back down any slope.

In Powder: The tips of this ski never dive or deflect, and the ample camber provides excellent rebound for finishing each turn and initiating the next.

On Hardpack: Tenacious edge grip allows for high angle, high speed, hip-dragging carves.

On Refrozen Death Chunder: The ski absorbs rough icy snow extremely well, the camber and light-weight make it easy to quickly move from edge to edge, and the rockered and horizon-shaped tips don't easily snag on frozen snow goblins.

On Corn: Sublime

On the Steep Slopes: The sidecut and flex profile provide such a stable platform, that I honestly forget how steep a couloir is until I hit the mellow apron. This ski allows for aggressive turns on steep and firm slopes with excellent grip and the right amount of stiffness for support from tip to tail.

In wet heavy snow, or when skiing low density powder during low tide conditions, I prefer a fatter ski with more tail rocker to float and slash on the surface, but in those conditions the Backland 95 still offers excellent performance.

I am 5'7", 170lbs, ski almost daily, and ski the 177cm length paired with the Atomic Backland Tour bindings and Movement Alp Tracks Performance boot.
Comment on this review:

2/20/2018
Question from Matt
 
How would you compare this ski between Salomon MTN 95?
2/21/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Matt! The Backland 95 seems more like a powerful bruiser and the MTN Explore 95 is more of a technique-based steep or powder ski. If you wanna go fast and charge, the Backland 95 is probably your ticket. If you want to go fast in soft snow and like to execute some technical turns on hard snow, the MTN Explore 95 is probably more up your alley.
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2/20/2018
Question from Pablo
 
What about Skins and the HRZN tech tips?
Doesn't do this tech a way for snow to slide in between skin ant tip?
2/20/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Pablo, good thought. The uplifted tips are off to the side and not underneath the skin material when using the race-notch. If you adapt other skins, I suppose it depends on how you cut them, but I would not leave any material way out on the red part of the tips.
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