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Atomic Backland UL 78 Ski

Brand: Atomic
Model: Backland UL 78
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Price: $599.00 $499.95
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The redesigned Backland UL 78 is the culmination of years of Atomic working to perfect the tech that goes into a good lightweight ski. Tracing its roots to freeride and skimo racing skis, the 78mm-wide mountaineering ski incorporates all the unique Atomic tech that we love while staying light, obedient, and responsive. This updated model features the classic Atomic rockered tip, which helps the ski to stay on track in rough snow. The core construction sandwiches the Ultra Light Woodcore between two sheets of carbon, which helps the ski respond quickly and snappily. When asked to give one word to describe the Backland UL 78, Skimo Co technician Tim said "obedient". He then went on to give many, many more words to describe this ski because Tim is, in fact, not as obedient as the Atomic Backland UL 78.

  • The core is constructed from Ultra Light Woodcore and is Carbon Powered, creating a light and snappy ski that goes up and down equally well.
  • A rockered tip allows you to turn sharp, skin in deep snow, and ski fast without fear of going head over tea kettle.
  • With Directional Shape and Atomic's pronounced tip rocker, the Backland UL 78 is more stable and compliant than ever.
  • Capped sidewall complements the narrow waist and stiff core while helping to transfer power efficiently from the skier to the edge.
  • The sharp graphics look like a retro doppler effect, which is fitting because you'll be ripping up and down the mountain so fast, you'll be altering sonic patterns every time you go out.

Lengths (cm) 151, 157, 163, 169, 175
-> ounces
930g [151]
950g [157]
1015g [163]
1070g [169]
1095g [175]
Weight (pair) 1860g [151]
1900g [157]
2030g [163]
2140g [169]
2190g [175]
Dimensions 110-78-99.5 [151]
111-78-100.5 [157]
112-78-101.5 [163]
113-78-102.5 [169]
114-78-103.5 [175]
Turn Radius 14m [151]
15m [157]
16m [163]
17m [169]
18m [175]
Skin Fix Race notches, flat notched tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile 15% rocker, 85% camber
Shape Directional Shape with spoon tips
Construction Cap Sidewall
Core Ultra Light Woodcore
Skimo Co Says
Usage Backcountry touring
Notes A fantastic ski mountaineering ski just got an upgrade
Bottom Line Light and compliant with impressive flex pattern
Comment from jim morrison
Thank you TSB... my excuses, it was just a comment, I missed to tick the right box!
Please feel free to move or to delete my comment, your info is now ok.
Actually, the graphics are made to simulate the HRNZ feature. I bet it will be added to next updates.
The 78 UL is part of my new setup, still waiting to taste it in deep.
It feels solid, I'd say a very good "classic" lightweight all mountain Atomic (around 1070 grams on 169) , moderate 1/6th tip rocker, quite stiff, with very uniform flex from tip to tail. Tip and tail very slightly higher than others, easy round tail. Full front and rear mounting boxes for all kind of bindings (wide or smallish).
I was looking for a ski for our "extreme" conditions (most times hard and iced snow).
The only thing I dislike are the graphics! Too dark and loud. I`d say the graphic designer hasn`t worked much on it... :D
Reply from TSB
Thanks for the additional feedback, Jim! If you are looking for a similar ski with HRZN Tech, the Backland 85 would be a great choice.
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by jim morrison (used product a few times)
"With Directional Shape and Atomics iconic HRZN Tech Tip, the Backland UL 78 is more stable and compliant than ever..."
The Atomic 78 UL do not have HRNZ.
Reply from TSB
Hey Jim, Thanks for writing in; we were initially confused as to the inclusion of a flared HRZN Tech tip in different skis within the Backland line (while the 65, 85, and 95 include it, the 78 -- black sheep of the family? -- does not). If you'd like to add some more detail to your review we'd love to hear what you thought of the ski! Otherwise we're more than happy to switch what you said over to "Comment" status (a helpful comment!)
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Question from Dave
NEVER MIND my previous question- thanks for the great website!
Answer from Jeff M
Dave, its great when the website answers your questions.
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Question from Sam
Hi there! How would you compare the Atomic Backland UL 78 to the Salomon X-Alp Ski? Are they comparable? If I compare the specs they seem similar. (Except the price...) And second question – I'm 184cm (6'0") and 72kg (159 lbs)--what length should I choose? 175cm for the Atomic Backland and 170cm for the Salomon?

Thanks in advance!
Answer from Jeff M
Sam, they are very comparable. After asking around it is hard to put a significant difference in how they perform. Both great skis. You can use sizing as a possible determining factor. If you prefer a longer ski or want a shorter ski for tight chutes.
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