2017-2018 Atomic Backland FR 109

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Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Backland FR for Blister Gear Review.

Atomic Backland FR 109

 

 

Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Backland FR for Blister Gear Review.

Atomic Backland FR 109

 

 

Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Backland FR for Blister Gear Review.

Atomic Backland FR 109 – Tip Profile

 

 

Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Backland FR for Blister Gear Review.

Atomic Backland FR 109 – Tail Profile

 

 

Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Backland FR for Blister Gear Review.

Atomic Backland FR 109

 

 

Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Backland FR for Blister Gear Review.

Atomic Backland FR 109 – Bases

 

17 Comments

  1. Blister Member
    Perkin March 22, 2017 Reply

    Looking forward to your comments on these. Am 6′, 165 lbs, directional skier mostly Lake Tahoe looking to replace an OG 185 cm Cochise with something a little less demanding and more playful. Liked the QST 106 in the 188 length (demo bindings on the line), except felt a little too much tail especially in the bumps and deeper mank. Also considering the SN 108 which am very interested to try based on your descriptions here as well as the 100eight. The new Blizzard Rustler 10 looks interesting as well. Love to hear your thoughts on any of these!

  2. DB Cooper March 23, 2017 Reply

    I use the Backland 109 inbounds in Utah. Love the ski. Very nimble in tight spots and feels great charging down an open face. I use it as part of a 2-ski quiver: the Backland for 6+ inches and an Enforcer 93 for everything else and it works like a charm!

    • davide December 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi.. Where did you mount the bindings? I installed them factory recommended, but I have the doubt that maybe it is better to mount them -1 or -2. What do you think about it? P.s. I mounted market tour 12. Thanks

  3. DB Cooper March 23, 2017 Reply

    Forgot to add that as a bigger guy (6’3″, 215), I find this ski plenty stable.

  4. Blister Member
    Perkin March 23, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the feedback, what length are you on? Guessing the 189?

    • DB Cooper March 23, 2017 Reply

      Yes

  5. Mat April 28, 2017 Reply

    How does this compare to the automatic? And any thoughts on the 117?

  6. Jason October 21, 2017 Reply

    is your Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.7 cm
    for the 189 or 182? Is it measuring shorter or longer than stated?

  7. Dave K.L. October 23, 2017 Reply

    Has anyone skied the Backland 102? I haven’t seen many good reviews on that ski, but it seems to be the perfect dimensions for typical Colorado resort skiing…

    • Matus Kuchyna October 27, 2017 Reply

      I am about to test my Backland 102 skis this weekend. I will let you know how they ski. My previous skis were Volkl Nunataqs.

      • Dave K.L. October 29, 2017 Reply

        Looking forward to hearing how they ski. I’m 190lbs, a bit worried they might be too soft.

        • Matus Kuchyna November 1, 2017 Reply

          Dave, I spent 3 days on Atomic Backland FR 102 16/17, 188cm long. I am 181cm/83kg (naked). The skis are definitely not soft. I could ski the groomers (not too icy ones), powder… The ski turns easily and is playful. I liked it very much. But, I ski in Scarpa F1 shoes and I think that I can ski. For me this is one quiver ski.

  8. DB Cooper October 27, 2017 Reply

    when is the full blister review of the 109 coming? the preview was posted on march 20…

    • petermck November 25, 2017 Reply

      +1
      Looking forward to the full review.

  9. mark horn January 7, 2018 Reply

    love the 102 light and quick great for backcountry

  10. Blister Member
    Michael February 2, 2018 Reply

    Any idea when the full blister review of the 109 is coming? I’d love to get thoughts on this ski as a backcountry one ski quiver…

    Thanks!

  11. Andy February 9, 2018 Reply

    At some point i’d love to see you guys more globally address “pivotyness” or “slarvability” or whatever you want to call it as it relates to construction and shape. I often think of flat cambered skis as super pivoty based on my experience with Katanas, Scouts and old Megawatts. That shape clearly does this. However, once things get cambered, knowing how loose a ski will be is a total crapshoot, and it’s not reliably covered in reviews.

    I see this ski’s camber and think: not going to be very slarvy. You say here they’re “easy to throw sideways” but is that a slarve turn, or is is that the rocker and light weight just provides less resistance to a more forceful motion?

    The OG Squad 7 was awesomely pivoty, and had a ton of camber. The OG pure carbon DPS W112 was similarly shaped (less camber, more sidecut), and didn’t pivot worth shit. The ZeroG 95 has pretty minimal camber and rocker and didn’t pivot at all for me (super locked in) even after an aggro detune.

    The ability to slide turns and slarve is super important to me in the BC, but it’s hard to know without demoing what ski will do this reliably aside from the few rocker-flat-rocker models out there, especially when a demo tune might be off.

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