Out-of-Bounds Powder Ski
Backland 117

If you’re looking for the lightest possible powder-oriented touring option, the Bent Chetler 120’s are the way to go. But that doesn’t make them the obvious choice. Atomic’s Backland series is designed to excel on variable snow that you’ll almost certainly encounter while you’re out touring. 

It’s a pretty traditionally shaped ski, excepting Atomic’s HRZN tip that adds a little more surface area to the shovel than is typical. It’s a big and stable ski, but it can still fly up the skin track with the best of them. But a ski this wide isn’t all business.

It’s still a fun, dynamic option for people looking for a wide touring ski. It won’t float quite like the craziest and most rockered powder ski, but the Backland 117 still has enough tip and tail rise to be more than adequate to have fun no matter how deep the snow.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Things we like:

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    A powder ski that can be dependably ridden on bad snow
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    Impressive weight given its size

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot as light as the Bent Chetler or some competitors
  • check-markA 117 ski isn’t going to be as versatile as something with a narrower waist

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Specs & Features

  • HRZN tips to help get over rough terrain and add a little float
  • All mountain rocker with a respectable camber
  • Carbon backbone to save weight
  • 177cm, 184cm, 191cm variations
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    A powder ski that can be dependably ridden on bad snow
  • check-mark
    Impressive weight given its size

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot as light as the Bent Chetler or some competitors
  • check-markA 117 ski isn’t going to be as versatile as something with a narrower waist

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