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Atomic Backland FR 109 W (2017)

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Atomic Backland FR 109 W GF

Rating: 3.17 / 5
Price: $725.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 109
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-109-122
Lengths: 159, 167, 175

Stability at speed: 3.54 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.69 / 5
Crud performance: 3.46 / 5
Flotation: 3.64 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.97 / 5
Overall: 3.17 / 5

A 109-mm waist width (one of the widest women's skis on the market) and rocker in both the tip and tail are designed to give the 2017 Atomic Backland WMN FR 109, formerly the Century 109, plenty of flotation in deep snow and a loose, easy-pivoting feel for enhanced maneuverability and speed control. It's the women's version of the Automatic 109: Same construction, different graphic. It's heavily rockered for deep-snow buoyancy and shock asorption in rough terrain, but camber underfoot (comprising about 65 percent of its total length) gives it a measure of hardpack carving power to get you back to the lift. A bit of strategically placed carbon reinforcement just fore and aft of the foot (Atomic's Sprocket Power Boosters) enhances responsiveness without adding excessive weight. For 2017, Atomic renames its Century series of wide-waisted deep-snow freeriders and includes them in the women's Backland series, which includes two fat, floaty freeriders (the 109 and the 102) and two narrower, ultra-light models (the 85 and the 78) for optimized backcountry touring. The two FR (or freeride) models are powder specialists, designed for loose, surfy performance in deep snow, with tapered tips, lightweight constructions, and turned-up tails. Both are built on wood cores, and both 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 Backland FR model has its own rocker profile, with more rocker in the fatter 109 waist, less on the 102. 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.

A 109-mm waist width (one of the widest women's skis on the market) and rocker in both the tip and tail are designed to give the 2017 Atomic Backland WMN FR 109, formerly the Century 109, plenty of flotation in deep snow and a loose, easy-pivoting feel for enhanced maneuverability and speed control. It's the women's version of the Automatic 109: Same construction, different graphic. It's heavily rockered for deep-snow buoyancy and shock asorption in rough terrain, but camber underfoot (comprising about 65 percent of its total length) gives it a measure of hardpack carving power to get you back to the lift. A bit of strategically placed carbon reinforcement just fore and aft of the foot (Atomic's Sprocket Power Boosters) enhances responsiveness without adding excessive weight.

For 2017, Atomic renames its Century series of wide-waisted deep-snow freeriders and includes them in the women's Backland series, which includes two fat, floaty freeriders (the 109 and the 102) and two narrower, ultra-light models (the 85 and the 78) for optimized backcountry touring. The two FR (or freeride) models are powder specialists, designed for loose, surfy performance in deep snow, with tapered tips, lightweight constructions, and turned-up tails. Both are built on wood cores, and both 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 Backland FR model has its own rocker profile, with more rocker in the fatter 109 waist, less on the 102. 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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