Notice: Atomic released a new ski under the name "Atomic Backland UL 78", which you can find here.
Atomic changed the name, but not the singular purpose. The Backland UL 78 is a ski mountaineering weapon. The ski is capable of slicing and dicing on hard snow, while remaining playful in soft snow due to the lightly rockered tip. The double-carbon construction is reliable on the steeps and the ultra-light wood core helps you get it done. The Backland UL series features the same Step-Down sidewall that proved durable in the Ultimate line of mountaineering skis. The tip has been redesigned to help it cut through rough patches, but otherwise the ski remains a workhorse. The Backland UL 78 is a safe bet when you’re skiing not-so-safe lines.
|Lengths (cm)||157, 163, 169, 175|
|Weight (pair)||1890g 
|Turn Radius||15m 
|Skin Fix||Tip notch, flat recessed tail|
|Profile||15% rocker, 85% camber|
|Shape||Round tip, steep-ish sidecut, flat tail|
|Construction||Step down sidewall w/ carbon laminates|
|Core||Karuba + Poplar|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Endurance touring, ski mountaineering|
|Notes||New tip shape for better slicing performance|
|Bottom Line||Endurance touring at its best|