The Atomic Backland 85 UL is an all-season speed touring choice that is well suited for serious ski mountaineering objectives, long and fun ski traverses, or backseat powder skiing. The 85 UL is the widest of the Atomic Backland Series (65mm, 75mm, and 85mm waist width options). The 85 UL shares the same featherweight construction as the two slimmer Backland UL models, while providing more surface area for deeper snow and variable conditions.
The Backland UL series employs advanced construction techniques to rightfully put the UL in their ultralight title. The 85 UL starts with an Ultra Light Woodcore comprised of alternating layers of poplar and caruba wood. The wood core is then layered both above and below with a Carbon Powered laminate of woven carbon fiber. Full sheets of woven carbon fiber give the ski significant torsional rigidity and liveliness while minimizing added weight. This hi-tech mix of carbon and wood is finally capped with a high-density sintered base and abrasion-resistant top sheet to create a speed touring sandwich. We consider the 85 UL to hold one of the premier performance-to-weight ratios for any ski on the market. At just over 1000 grams, this ski can handle everything [minus a GS racecourse or a waist-deep powder field], but then leave you with enough gas in the tank for another lap uphill.
If you want to save energy on the uphill, stay out skiing for longer, and still have a big ol' grin on your face for the ski down - consider the 85 UL. The Atomic Backland 85 UL is a shop favorite for a reason: because it helps us ski as much as possible. Fortunately enough, this ski provides more skiing better than the rest.
Length [cm] (Turning Radius [m]): 158 (15), 165 (16), 172 (17), 179 (19)
Sidecut [mm]: 117-86-105.5 (172 cm)
Weight [g]: 1035g (172 cm)
|Profile||Tip rocker, camber, tail rocker|
|Construction||Wood, Carbon Fiber Inserts, Cap|
|Core||Ultralight Woodcore, Carbon|
|Recommended Use||Lightweight Touring/Fitness|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 Year|