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Atomic Backland 95 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB

PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

Reviewed for the first time by PROSKILAB, the Backland 95 from Atomic made a good impression.

It's a relatively stiff ski for this category. The result is excellent behaviour on the groomed slopes, with grip and stability that would make some piste-oriented skis turn green with envy. Off-piste, this same stiffness gives it some serious arguments. The ski's performance in uneven snow and its potential to go very fast were highly appreciated by the reviewers: "a super freeride ski!", "impeccable in crud", "awesome stability."

On the other hand, some the reviewers found the ski too physical, and less agile and intuitive than some of its rivals.

The weight announced is 1.370 kg for 177 cm, which makes it a light ski with remarkable performance/weight ratio.

We recommend the Backland 95 for engaged good to expert riders looking for a light ski for climbing but that performs well in all snow conditions and on all terrains.


Review: Pros

  • Good behaviour on the piste and on hard pack
  • Stable
  • Grippy
  • Good hold in turns
  • Happy at high speed off-piste
  • Performs well in the crud
  • Light

Review: Cons

  • Demanding
  • Turn initiation is less intuitive

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
12.5
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
15.8
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
15.8
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
15.8
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
15.3
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
15.3
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.5
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
14.7
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Freeride - Flotation quality
☆☆☆☆☆
13.7
Handling in powder
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
15.3
Freeride - Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
14.7
All-terrain comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
13.5

Who's it for?

Good+ → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

Now featuring the HRZN Tech technology in the tip for excellent float in powder and better behaviour in the crud, the Atomic Backland 95 is a wider freeride touring ski, displaying great downhill performance in the powder or on the groomers.
The HRZN Tech technology increases the surface of the ski tip by 10% for incredible float in the powder, less tip deviation and better behaviour in the crud.
It features a full Cap Sidewall construction under the bindings from the ski base to the skin for great power transmission control and exceptional grip.
The Carbon Backbone is an ultra-light carbon insert which stabilises the ski along its whole length, offering agility and glue-like grip without making the ski heavier.

Features of the Backland 95

Brand : Atomic
Model : Backland 95
Year : 2019
Family : Freeride touring
Size tested : 185 cm
Tip size : 128 mm
Waist size : 95 mm
Tail size : 116 mm

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2018