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.
Update 2021/22: Atomic has updated the topsheet to keep it fresh.
|Lengths (cm)||169, 177, 185|
|Weight (pair)||2510g 
||Tip notch, flat tail|
||Rocker tip 15%, camber 85%|
||AT Tip 2.0, tapered tail|
||HRZN Tech, Carbon Backbone|
||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|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I’m thinking about Backland 95 or Backland 85 UL
Which one will be more versality?
I know you love them on touring descents, but do you think Backlands &/or Ripsticks are stiff enough to support a full-sized mammal on the inevitable inbounders?
i'm an intermediate skier who loves long and fast uphill days. but i'm not the most technically skillful downhiller (yet) so, while weight savings are extremely important to me for big ascents, I still like a confidence-inspiring platform that performs in a wide range of snow conditions (guess i'm looking for that single quiver magic).
i'm 5'9, 135lbs, and track between Sawtooths Idaho, NE Oregon, and BC Canada. is this the right ski for me? is there another i should be looking at?
The full setup (which I highly recommend) is the atomic backland 95, ATK raider 12 (brakes removed) and the fischer transalp pro.
This skis lightweight and reasonable waist make it a great all around ski for day in day out tours. It provides confident edge hold in firm conditions and the rearward mount point help keep the tips afloat in powder.
I am using the pomoca free pro 2.0 skin and I was able to swap out the tip loops for dynafit tip connectors that fit well in the groves of the atomic backland.
The downhill performance of these skis is good considering their weight, they are fun and easy to ski in most of the conditions I have had them in.
In feet of new cascade concrete I wanted something wider and with more mass. On several spring like days (freeze thaw conditions) they were an absolute blast. I cannot wait to get these bad boys up a volcano.
I was looking to shed some serious weight from my previous setup but still retain a durable, fun on the down touring setup. These skis have delivered on that goal, I would buy them again.
I'm 158lbs and 5'11'' (72kg and 180cm).
I'm thinking of getting the 185 version, what do you think?
thanks, happy skiing
Thanks a lot,
Currently I ski on Volkl Katana 177 cm length with 112 cm underfoot for the backcountry and want to get into a lighter ski for spring time and all around use. I'm 170 lbs, 6', and expert bc skier. Also would skis go well with Scarpa F1 boot?
I broke a single ski during traveling (damn airlines) of the 19/20 version (black and green top sheet) and would rather replace it with a ski of the same top sheet.
I'm 6" and 230 pounds (183cm / 105kg) looking for a new touring ski. I will only be used for touring with an light pin binding, ATK HR 2.0 or Dynafit Superlight and some TLT6P.
I have about 20-25 days of touring each season and about the same amount of inbound days (with other skis)
The backland 95 have caught my eye and i really like everything when i look at the technical spec.
I would like to go for the 177 length to save some weight and a bit easier handling in kick-turns etc.
BUT I'm a bit afraid that my weight will be a problem if i choose the shorter length.
Do you guys have an opinion regarding the 177 vs 185 ?
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.
I mounted on the line, and in soft snow I need to keep my posture low and aggressive to keep the skis afloat in grabby snow.
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