Backland 117 Alpine Touring Ski
Whether you're skiing spines in Alaska, searching for fresh powder and steep lines in the backcountry, or sniffing out leftovers at your home mountain, the Atomic Men's Backland 117 Alpine Touring Ski can step up. The generous 117 millimeter waist paired with a rockered tip and tail give the ski exceptional float in deep snow, and Atomic's HRZN Tech Tip adds 10% more surface area to the tips without adding weight, further improving flotation in powder and control in chop. A poplar wood core keeps the weight low without throwing dampening properties and stability to the wind, and a full-length carbon insert keeps the ski agile and powerful without making them so heavy you can't get up the skin track. Atomic added a full sidewall right under the binding to increase edge grip and control, even when you hit a patch of unexpectedly firm snow.
- Big-mountain touring skis for sniffing out the fresh
- Wide 117mm waist float through bottomless snow with ease
- Tip and tail rocker provide a playful, surfy feel
- Tip and tail have 10% more surface area for improved floatation
- Lightweight wood core increases shock absorption and stability
- Carbon insert adds strength and edge hold without compromising weight
- Sidewall under binding ensure better power transmission from edge to edge
- Q & A
Full Send in Big Mountians
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
A very proficient reactive ski for a large touring focused powder ski. Its not as stiff as a metal ski but not as soft as other lightweight touring options. This set of Backlands prefers big wide turns and straight-lining down the face. This is the pro model of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa so you can watch video's of him riding the skis to get a better idea of how it rides. I would recommend a mounting them +2 from the factory position to gain more overall control over the ski because they do ski as big as they look, but its very easy for how much underfoot camber they have. This is a true 5 star would recommend product.
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.