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Atomic Backland UL 78 Ski

Brand: Atomic
Model: Backland UL 78
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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.

  • 15% rocker in the AT 2.0 tip makes skiing powder and mank more of a joy than a pain.
  • Two fiber inserts make the ski Carbon Powered which improves torsional stiffness.
  • Multi-wood core offers the lightness of Paulownia with the strength of Poplar.
  • Step-down sidewall is thicker underfoot where you might expect most impacts.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 157, 163, 169, 175
Weight
-> ounces
945g [157]
1010g [163]
1070g [169]
1130g [175]
Weight (pair) 1890g [157]
2020g [163]
2140g [169]
2260g [175]
Dimensions 111-78-101 [157]
112-78-102 [163]
113-78-103 [169]
114-78-104 [175]
Turn Radius 15m [157]
16m [163]
17m [169]
18m [175]
Skin Fix Tip notch, flat recessed tail
Specs Verified Yes
Design
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
2/17/2018
by Stano Skintrack (used product regularly)
 
I have skied these about 20 days in backcountry in various conditions in 175cm (114-78-104), with Dynafit TLT6 boots. Overall, I was very happy with the skis although I found the radius to be a little short for my liking. The skis ski well through crust and on firm or wind affected snow. I didn't ski anything super steep or icy so can't comment on that but they performed well on 40-45 degrees. They seem well built and quite durable.
I would have rated these 4.5 stars but I have recently switched to Movement Big Fish X so I am comparing to those -
it is a very similar on paper (174cm and 116-78-97) but the slight differences add up for me (a bit lighter, flowing better in deeper snow). See my review on that page.
Comment on this review:

1/22/2018
Question from Aaron O
 
Is there a weight limit on this ski? This seems like a good "race" ski for a 200lb + tall guy if run in the 169 length? Could it handle that?
1/22/2018
Answer from Nate
 
Hi Aaron, I'm pretty close to your weight and have been skiing this ski on that length for the last year. It's been fantastic! It's quite a burly, durable construction for such a light ski. Definitely can work as a race ski for a big guy, but it's completely serviceable as a mountaineering ski and mission oriented touring ski, even at your size.
1/23/2018
Answer from Aaron O
 
Thanks Nate! In full disclosure, I am actually 150# and 5'9" but a guy I know is your size and looking for a race/light and fast ski and I thought this might be the ticket - good to know your experience has been a good one!
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12/26/2017
Question from Joseph O
 
Just checking here, but this 'step-down' sidewall - it's exactly the same as the new Salomon S/Lab X-alp right?
12/26/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Joseph, the Salomon X-Alp ski doesn't have a sidewall, but yes, the Atomic Backland UL does have a mini sidewall underfoot.
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