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Atomic Backland FR 117

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Freeride ski test Atomic Backland FR 117


Length (cm): 179, 186, 193
Sidecut @186cm (mm): 140.5-117-129.5
Radius : 18, 19, 20


Terrain: 30% piste - 70% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: intermediate - expert
Stability at speed: very good
Edge hold: very good
Profile: rocker - camber - rocker
Weight: 2050g @186cm

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All-mountain ski Atomic Backland FR 117

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Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

4 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Blizzard BonafideFreeride ski Blizzard Bonafide 2017


2. Kästle BMX105
Freeride ski Kästle BMX105


3. Liberty Genome
Freeride ski Liberty Genome 2015


To all my reviews


Nice graphics... nice ski


Black is the popular color for pow skis in the 2017-18 season, and the Atomic Backland FR 117 does a nice job with the top sheet graphics. Atomic uses a carbon insert, or stringer, into their "light" core laminate, which consists of maple, and ash wood. The Backland has an unusual taper on the bottom of the tips edge, which is claimed to increase surface area, and flotation. It might even enhance its bump performance, by decreasing deflection when diving the tips into a bump face.....but the company makes no such claim.


The Atomic Backland FR 117 makes very nice carve turns at all turn radius, with a very good edge, but careful engagement is necessary (with this tune) to prevent chatter. It is also stable at speed, particularly for a ski this light in weight. I did find that it encouraged a stem christie shape upon completion of my turn, which was puzzling.


The Backland FR 117 was quite good in the bumps, with a large sweet spot. It's light weight, moderate damping, short turn radius, and good torsional stability, all make a contribution to its bump performance, even when things started to firm up.


The substantial 5 point sidecut, and that special taper on the tip, will give this ski good powder credentials, if you can keep the two skis parallel.

Atomic about the Backland FR 117

"The Atomic Backland FR 117 is the fattest Backland FR – our new series of freeride powder chargers. Backland FR is the successor to our Automatic series created with freeride pros Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dana Flahr. This top model has a 117 mm waist, Carbon Backbone and Powder Rocker profile. It also now features revolutionary HRZN Tech in the tip for more surface area and even better floatation. It’s stiff enough for aggressive skiing on deep storm days or shredding Big Mountain spines. It delivers on harder snow thanks to the camber underfoot. And in comparison to Automatic, we’ve made Backland FR even lighter without sacrificing stability, thanks to a Light Woodcore. This also makes them awesome Freeride Touring skis: great for reaching those best spots – boot packing or skinning", says Atomic.

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