2016-17 Atomic Backland FR 117 Review by A Better Ski
Taking over for the Automatic series skis, the Atomic Backland FR series is a pro model ski designed for advance level skiers. The full float 117 underfoot Backland FR 117 is a ski that is perfect for the advance skier that is looking to charge on and off resort.
2016-2017 Atomic Backland FR 117 Ski Review
Video Review Correction: The Atomic Backland FR 117 has a turning radius of 20m at 193cm.
Turning Radius: 20m
Conditions: Dense Powder, Chop
Boots: Scarpa Maestrale RS
Bindings: Salomon Warden
Ski Personality: The Atomic Backland FR 117 is a serious plank for serious skiers. Intermediates may find this ski to be too demanding to have much fun on, but those who ski like Sage Cattabriga-Alosa will find it confident and able.
On the Snow Feel: The Backland FR 117 has a good amount of camber underfoot giving it a rather lively feel for a ski of its size, it also helps keep the ski on track when skiing flat footed (cat track). Solid edge hold and drive are available allowing this ski to make it back through the resort for a hot chocolate once the mountain has had enough of you. As you would expect, this ski has superb performance in deep snow, rocker tip and tail allow you to negotiate tight trees.
Turn Initiation and Carving: No carving ski here…but with a moderate 20m turning radius at 193cm and a powerful ski with traditional camber underfoot, it can still get the job done on groomers. The Atomic Backland FR 117’s rockered tail provides a clean release and picks up the next turn smoothly.
Speed: The more the merrier, this ski really needs speed to make the materials lively and really plays to the skis strength. At low speeds this ski will seem too cumbersome and stiff.
Powder: Slash it, slarve it, smear it. Powder is just what this ski is made for, just remember to keep those tips pointed downhill.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Carbon stringers and beefy construction help leaves the playing field when things get choppy. The Backland FR 117 cruises right through chop without much worry.
Flex: Stiff from tip to tail.
Overall: The Atomic Backland FR 117 is going to be a great ski for the advanced skier that wants a stout ski for inbounds or out. At just over 2000 grams/ski, this would be a great setup for a free ride tourer with a stout AT binding attached.