Atomic Backland 117 (2021)
2021 Backcountry Ski Review
Model: Backland 117
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
177, 184, 191
The extra-wide Backland 117 was designed in part by Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, and as one might expect, it is a high-performance fat ski that can charge hard when needed. But, thanks to a nimble turn radius and a very poppy and playful tail, these skis can turn the backcountry into a playground for any skier. Directionally oriented carbon stringers keep the ski both damp and lightweight, and thanks to a wood core blend of poplar and beech—the same woods used in Atomic’s World Cup Race skis—the Backland 117 can get from the top of a line to the bottom incredibly comfortably at any speed. This is an ideal touring ski for deep days in the backcountry and can more than hold its own on powder days at the resort as well.
Editors’ Choice 2021
Colorado’s relatively shallow snowpack justifies big skis to maximize float. These unsinkable, playful skis are light enough for touring but have enough backbone for resort laps. Ideal for the diverse options around Telluride.
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