Atomic Backland 95

2016

Men's Free-Tour
Atomic
Price: £500.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Suitability for touring:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Lower Intermediate Upper Advanced Upper Expert Upper Intermediate
Sidecut 132-95-121
Turn radius 19.9m (182cm)
Lengths 164, 173 (1,550g), 182
Construction Cap & sidewall combo
Carbon & lightweight woodcore
Tip rocker
Strengths Easy to use, light and playful at lower speeds
Weaknesses Feels less solid in unpredictable at speed and in variable conditions

They say

The Backland 95 is the successor to the Drifter and the widest, most progressive ski in our Atomic Adventure Touring ski series.

We say

As expected in this category the Atomic is very light and immediately feels easy to use at slower speeds. The width and ease of use makes it great to use for getting some float and easy maneuverability in powder. In variable conditions and crud it felt more easily deflected off its line and therefore felt harder to predict. On the piste it felt comfortable, easy and grippy at slower speeds but started to flap when ramping up the speed. Overall this is an easy ski to use, which would work well for touring, however strong skiers will want something more accurate at speed.

Tester Comments

Al Morgan
An easy ski to use if you are getting into off piste, it can be fun but doesn’t deliver the same high performance as others in this category
Derek Chandler
Twitchy and light in cruddy snow