Atomic Backland FR 109 (2017)

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Atomic Backland FR 109

Rating: 2.88 / 5
Price: $725.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 109
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-109-124
Lengths: 175, 182, 189

Stability at speed: 2.80 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.85 / 5
Crud performance: 2.96 / 5
Flotation: 3.24 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.90 / 5
Overall: 2.88 / 5

With its 109-mm waist, the Backland FR 109 (formerly the Automatic 109) is a little edgier, quicker, and more everyday-conditions-versatile than the full-fat Backland FR 117, but it's similarly a newschool deep-snow surfing tool at heart. Like the 117, it features plenty of rocker tip and tail, but a little less than the 117, with camber underfoot comprising 65 percent of its total length, for decent hardpack carvability. And in place of the Titanium stringers used in the 117, the 109 has carbon ones, similarly placed just fore and aft of the foot for enhanced responsiveness without compromise of liveliness or the addition of unnecessary weight. 

For 2017, Atomic renames the Atomatic series of wide-waisted deep-snow freeriders and includes them in the Backland series, which includes tools for every kind of backcountry skiing, from the fat, sturdy, descent-oriented freeriders of the FR group to the skinny, ultra-light, ascent-oriented rando racers of the Ultimate group. The FR, or freeride series, includes three models of deep-snow powder specialists, formerly called Automatics, with waist widths of 117, 109, and 102 mm. All Backland FR models are built for loose, surfy performance in deep snow, with tapered tips, lightweight constructions, and turned-up tails. All are built on wood cores, and all feature Atomic's Step-Down Sidewall construction: high sidewalls underfoot for solidity and edge grip; lower sidewalls topped by cap construction tip and tail for softer flex and more forgiving performance. Each Automatic model has its own rocker profile, with progressively less rocker and more camber in the narrower waist widths. 

Atomic, founded in 1955, is based in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria (near Salzburg), where the majority of its skis are made. Along with sister brands Salomon and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 1994. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C.

With its 109-mm waist, the Backland FR 109 (formerly the Automatic 109) is a little edgier, quicker, and more everyday-conditions-versatile than the full-fat Backland FR 117, but it's similarly a newschool deep-snow surfing tool at heart. Like the 117, it features plenty of rocker tip and tail, but a little less than the 117, with camber underfoot comprising 65 percent of its total length, for decent hardpack carvability. And in place of the Titanium stringers used in the 117, the 109 has carbon ones, similarly placed just fore and aft of the foot for enhanced responsiveness without compromise of liveliness or the addition of unnecessary weight. 

For 2017, Atomic renames the Atomatic series of wide-waisted deep-snow freeriders and includes them in the Backland series, which includes tools for every kind of backcountry skiing, from the fat, sturdy, descent-oriented freeriders of the FR group to the skinny, ultra-light, ascent-oriented rando racers of the Ultimate group. The FR, or freeride series, includes three models of deep-snow powder specialists, formerly called Automatics, with waist widths of 117, 109, and 102 mm. All Backland FR models are built for loose, surfy performance in deep snow, with tapered tips, lightweight constructions, and turned-up tails. All are built on wood cores, and all feature Atomic's Step-Down Sidewall construction: high sidewalls underfoot for solidity and edge grip; lower sidewalls topped by cap construction tip and tail for softer flex and more forgiving performance. Each Automatic model has its own rocker profile, with progressively less rocker and more camber in the narrower waist widths. 

Atomic, founded in 1955, is based in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria (near Salzburg), where the majority of its skis are made. Along with sister brands Salomon and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 1994. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C. 

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