Atomic Backland FR 109

A review of the Atomic Backland FR 109 in the 2017 POWDER Buyer's Guide

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Price: $725

Lengths: 175, 182, 189cm

Dimensions: 135-109-125mm

Radius: 18.5M (@182cm)

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The new Backland FR 109 has the difficult task of replacing and updating the popular Automatic 109. It succeeds in varying degrees. The addition of HRZN Tech lite—a lighter weight version of a feature initially found in the Bent Chetler, where the tip is rounded off at the edges—enhances the ski’s flotation, which was the one flaw of the Automatic. The biggest difference, however, is a new, lighter poplar core. While this removes some of the power of the old Automatic, it makes it more suitable for soft snow and backcountry missions.“Light, nimble, super playful,” says heavy machine operator Jed Donnelly. “It held a great edge, but schmeared very easily.” The women’s Backland also received excellent reviews at Powder Week.

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