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