Gear

Atomic Backland FR 109 W (2018)

2018 Deep Snow Ski

Brand: Atomic

Model: Backland FR 109 W

Overall Score: 4.03 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

132-109-122

Lengths (cm)

161, 169, 177

Radius (m)

16.5

Waist Width (mm)

105-120

Gender

Female

Level

Advanced

Symmetrical

Yes

Rocker Technology

Yes

Horizontal rocker? Touring ski? Fear not. The Backland FR 109 delivers every ounce of downhill performance you’d expect from an alpine pow board. Yes, it’s lightweight. But a carbon “backbone” insert keeps it strong and stable. And that across-the-ski rocker (along with the usual vertical rocker-camber-rocker) floated like a boat in the deep Daly Chutes. Indeed, testers alternately described it as burly, nimble, and balanced—“It’s kind of magic that it can be all things at once,” said Knight. It was middle-of-the-road in Hard-Snow Integrity, but it is a pow ski, after all.

Strengths: Quickness/Maneuverability, Flotation