Atomic Backland 85 Alpine Touring Ski (2022)
The Backland 85 is a jack of all trades, from race training to backcountry ski touring, this ski has been a shop favorite at Cripple Creek for years. The poplar-caruba core is light but skis damp, absorbing many of the micro shocks traveling up from the snow surface as you ride. A carbon backbone locks in torsional rigidity meaning the ski can hold an edge as you turn and stay under you when you hit crust and icy spots.
You'll enjoy the 17m (172cm) turning radius created by 85% camber and the floatation created by 15% tip rocker. The flat tail and stiff flex add to the strength and power of the Backland 85. An 85mm waist puts this in the lightweight touring category and it shines in many applications. The modest weight (1240g at 172cm) makes it perfect for endurance training or pursuing large objectives on long days.
Racers will consider this a powder ski, powder hounds will consider this a spring ski. But regardless, this is a versatile option for your quiver. This profile makes for graceful yet powerful carving and the Backland holds up in mixed conditions from fresh snow to wind crust, ice, spring corn, or the wide plain of a groomer.
Without exaggeration, this is the most versatile touring ski in existence. If a 1 ski quiver existed for all facets of ski touring, this would be it. Skinning fast at the resort, powder touring, ski mountaineering........ you name it. I am so so so stoked on how this ski performs in every condition. It is mind blowingly stable in firm conditions, and definitely works well for a narrow ski in powder. Atomic delivers on everything you expect from a high end brand!