Atomic Backland UL 85 (2017)


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Price: $1000.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 85
Tip/Tail/Waist: 120-85-109.5
Lengths: 163, 169, 175

The Atomic Backland UL 85, with its 85-mm waist, is the widest and most buoyant ski in the three-model Ultimate series of backcountry touring skis. It's the heaviest and most descent-performance-oriented ski in the series, though it still weighs in at just 1,050 grams. It returns largely unchanged for 2017. The Backland Ultimate series of skis, ranging from 85 mm down to 78 mm in width, feature ultralight constructions for optimized uphill and long-distance touring. All models are tip-rockered for flotation in deep snow, with superlight caruba/poplar wood cores and carbon reinforcement. Atomic offers precut skins for all models ($170-$200). 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.