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Atomic Backland UL 65 Ski

Brand: Atomic
Model: Backland UL 65
Availability: Discontinued

As the successor to the acclaimed Ultimate 65, the Backland UL has some big shoes to fill. That’s big in the sense of reputation, not size. These are skimo racing skis, after all. The new UltraLight, or UL, series features a redesigned tip, with a slimmer crown to slice through powder and crud. Atomic also added a new Fiber Grid layer which enhances durability even further (the Ultimate was already on the durable side of the category). The 65mm wide ski keeps its double carbon-wrap construction and ultra-light wood core. In the end, this evolutionary update shaves a few grams, ups the core strength, and adds a new look. That makes the Backland UL 65 the best Atomic race ski yet.

  • Carbon Powered cap construction involves two inserts to create stability and transfer power.
  • AT Tip 2.0 is a tapered profile up front that helps cut through various piles of interference.
  • Poplar and Karuba wood core is a blend of weightless energy that offers a lively ride.
  • Fiber Grid layer adds a new element of durability which is the new focus of designers.
  • All-mountain rocker helps keep your tips from diving which is all too easy on race skis.

Update 2018/19: Atomic release a new version of this skis.

Lengths (cm) 162
-> ounces
695g [162]
Weight (pair) 1390g [162]
Dimensions 97-65-80 [162]
Turn Radius 23.1m [162]
Skin Fix Tip notch, flat recessed tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile 15% rocker, 85% camber
Shape Lots of rocker, gentle camber, flat tail
Construction Cap w/ carbon laminates
Core Karuba + Poplar
Skimo Co Says
Usage Skimo racing, training
Notes New tip shape for better float
Bottom Line Lightweight workhorse
Question from jenda
Hi, a bit general question. Thinking about leaving those to my girl, which would involve redrilling binding. I am having some durability concerns as the ski is what it is, lighty tiny thing :) should that be a concern? She is 50kg with backpack moderate skier.
Answer from Nate
Hi Jenda, if the skis are in relatively good condition and have only been mounted once, I don't think you have anything to be worried about.
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