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Atomic Backland UL 85 Ski

Brand: Atomic
Model: Backland UL 85
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Still the widest platform in Atomic’s high-end backcountry lineup, the Backland UL 85 is the ticket for all-season usage. From deep powder in the winter to those spring corn harvests, the 85mm waist will perform. Atomic redesigned the tip from the Ultimate version to make it slice through soft and variable snow. Otherwise, the Backland UL remains the same reliable platform with a double-carbon wrap around a light wood core. The sidewalls are still lined with a Step-down ABS sidewall to make the ride relatively damp and offer some rock-impact resistance. The 85 is a workhorse that will make great companion in the mountains.

  • AT 2.0 tip is streamlined to cut through powder, chop, and other variables.
  • Step Down sidewall construction offers a mix of lightness and durability.
  • Poplar and Karuba Paulownia wood are combined into a robust core.
  • Carbon Powered inserts create stability and improve downhill performance.
  • All-mountain rocker is an uplifted tip for the first 15% of the ski.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 163, 169, 175
Weight
-> ounces
1090g [163]
1160g [169]
1220g [175]
Weight (pair) 2180g [163]
2320g [169]
2440g [175]
Dimensions 119-85-109 [163]
120-85-110 [169]
121-85-111 [175]
Turn Radius 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 Caruba + Poplar
Skimo Co Says
Usage Long touring days, mixed conditions
Notes New tip shape for better slicing performance
Bottom Line All-season daily driver
11/1/2017
Question from Trevor
 
Backland 85 (175 length) Weight:1220 per ski
Backland 78 (175 length) Weight:1130 per ski
Only a 90 gram difference per ski.
any comments on how the two compare on the way down, especially on hard snow? Does the 78 have any skiing advantages other than the weight?
11/2/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Trevor, thanks for reaching out. The skis are so close to each other in so many ways (dimension, shape, weight, profile, core) that I think your intended usage and boot selection should probably make this choice for you. If you're in race boots, definitely get the 78. If you're in slightly heavier boots (think Dynafit TLT6/7, Atomic Backland Carbon, Scarpa F1, etc), you could pick either one and be happy. If it's going to be your only ski, the 85 makes more sense. If it's going to be strictly a mountaineering or spring ski, the 78 makes more sense because of the edging prowess and weight savings. One way or another though, you can't really lose because both skis are really awesome.
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