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Atomic Backland 98 Women's Ski


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As a version of the esteemed Backland 100 designed specifically for lighter skiers, the Backland 98 jumps into the fray of powder-hunting, crud-busting skis in the competitive 95-105mm-waisted ski category. What makes this striped salmon of a powder board distinct from all the rest? Foremost in our testers' minds was the rocker/camber balance of the Backland 98, which makes the ski notably predictable and obedient even as conditions change from untracked blower to cut-up chalk to windboard. Atomic has long excelled at making both flat-tailed touring skis such as the Backland UL 85, as well as blue whale-sized powder skis in their Bent Chetler series, and the Backland 98 is the best of both worlds, freeride and touring alike. Atomic, true to its Austrian heritage and alpine-race-ski engineering roots, made sure that the Backland 98 would feel stable on edge and quick to engage when turning on hard snow. Not just a flash of brilliance for a few days of skiing, the full sidewall construction underlies the ski's durability for many deep days in the backcountry to come. If the goal is to bust crud and surf pow with the same boards on your feet, the Atomic Backland 98 Women's ski should get the nod.

  • HRZN Tech tip shaping increases flotation in soft snow, and decreases turn deflection in variable conditions.
  • Detuned for lighter skiers, the carbon backbone provides the right amount of stiffness for a responsive, but supple ride.
  • Atomic's Powder Rocker profile yields easy turning in powder and crud alike.
  • Full sidewall construction makes for a durable ski with solid edge hold.

Lengths (cm) 156, 164, 172
convert to ounces
1095g [157]
1185g [164]
1265g [172]
Weight (pair) 2190g [157]
2370g [164]
2530g [172]
Dimensions 126.5-97-117 [156]
127.5-98-118 [164]
128.5-99-119 [172]
Turn Radius 12.5m [156]
14.6m [164]
17.0m [172]
Skin Fix Round tip, curved tail with rubber protector
Specs Verified Yes
Profile Rockered tip and tail (20%/10%), light camber underfoot (70%)
Shape HRZN Tech tip, shorter radius, mostly round 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 a rockered tip offers simple, fun turning.
Bottom Line Well balanced ski for powder-heavy touring
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Question from Jim
How are these different than the men's version other than the 35g per ski?
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Question from Laura
In talking with a few ski people and asking them about the Fisher Hannibal 96 I was lead to these more than once. What are your thoughts between the two?
Answer from Cole P
Hey Laura, both skis have similar characteristics but the main differences between the two is the Hannibal has a more traditional shape with a longer turning radius and will hold an edge a little stronger. The Backlands will feel a little more playful, make tighter turns, and will feel that you can slide the tails out easier. Hope this helps, if you like to have an in-depth discussion email us at help@skimo.co.
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Model: Backland 98 Women's

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