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