Notice: Atomic released a new ski under the name "Atomic Backland UL 85", which you can find here.
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.
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|Lengths (cm)||163, 169, 175|
|Weight (pair)||2180g 
|Turn Radius||16m 
|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||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|
Questions & Reviews
Do you think this comparable to movement alp tracks 89? What are differences in flex, forgiveness if an, crud busting, playfulness etc with all 3 skiis. Looking at 163 and 161 5 4 233 lbs advanced skier thanks
Aside: If you do buy the Atomic skins, be aware the glue is pretty ordinary. I'd just buy a Colltex or Pomoco from skimo next time.
I want to buy a light ski for skimo purpose, mostly in Front range and Pacific Northwest. My weight 115lb, height 5'3. I am debating between ATOMIC BACKLAND UL 85 SKI, Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski and Black Diamond Helio 88 Ski. First question, which one can serve my purpose the best, handling variable snow conditions (steep, wind crust, corn, probably some powder). Is there other ski I should consider? The second question, what is the best length I should go with? After reading all the materials, I like the atomic best, but the shortest is 163cm. Is that a concern?
Was hoping to hear any thoughts you’d have. Thanks so much!
So, a while ago I bought the Dynafit Carbonio by PG (Pierre Gignoux Black) boots to pair my SkiTrab Maestro 171 skis and race bindings. I absolutely love this combo, especially for typical spring skiing. I would however also like a more powder and winter oriented ski for these boots. Something with a bit more flotation that's a bit more forgiving in deep snow.
Do you guys think the UL 85 (169) would be a good fit? Or would you rather recommend something different?
PS, i have demoed the volkl BMT 90 (170) with radical st's and found them acceptable, but on the limit terms of size and weight for these boots.
Thanks in advance.
Not sure what the wider/beefier mentality is that the PNW seems to be all about, especially for steep skiing purposes. Skinny skis really start to make a TON of sense with steep skiing, mountaineering, and similar skiing styles because they edge so well, especially because those lines are typically lower speed and more technical so the brute strength built into wider skis typically isn't necessary and the finesse built into the skinnier skis will be pretty nice. There are a few reasons why this exists, but the basic rule of thumb is that we never go wider than about 85mm for pure mountaineering skis, so I think you're on the right track.
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?
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