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.
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|Weight (pair)||1390g |
|Turn Radius||23.1m |
|Skin Fix||Tip notch, flat recessed tail|
|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|
Questions & Reviews
So the lesson? Buy cheap buy twice. That's what I've had to do. Wish I'd just bought something better in the first place. Oh, and don't expect good customer service from Atomic/Salomon.
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