2019-2020 Atomic Backland 107

Ski: 2019-2020 Atomic Backland 107, 182 cm

Available Lengths: 175, 182, 189 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 181.4 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1550 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1643 & 1663 grams

Stated Dimensions: 137-107-124 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136.3-107.4-123.5 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (183 cm): 18.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 56 mm / 19 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~5 mm

Core: Karuba/Poplar + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: Sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.2 cm from center; 81.5 cm from tail

[Note: Our review is being conducted on the 19/20 Backland 107, which is reportedly not being changed from the 18/19 model, apart from graphics.]

Luke Koppa reviews the Atomic Backland 107 for Blister
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

The Atomic Backland 107 won the award for “most requested review” of the past year. Well, we finally have the ski in hand, so you can all stop flooding our inboxes with requests (just kidding, we appreciate the input).

This ski has been getting a lot of hype. And given that it effectively replaces Atomic’s very popular Backland FR 109 (and previously, the Automatic 109), that makes sense. So what is this new ski, and how does it compare to its predecessors and other skis on the market?

What Atomic says about the Backland 107

Atomic keeps things brief with their description of the Backland 107:

“The Atomic Backland 107 is a powder-charging backcountry ski – now featuring HRZN Tech in the tip for even more floatation.”

In their short description, Atomic chooses to emphasize the Backland 107’s powder performance. And specifically, they say it’s supposed to charge through powder, not just lazily play around through it. They also chose to classify it as a “backcountry” ski, and that seems sensible, given its weight (more on that later).

As for the talk about Atomic’s beveled-edge “HRZN Tech,” well, we’ll hold off on any conclusive statements until we ski the Backland 107. But after using the Atomic Backland FR 109, Bent Chetler 120, and Bent Chetler 100 (all of which feature HRZN Tech), we’re not ready to say that it makes a massive difference. But we’ll see if that changes with the Backland 107.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Backland 107’s shape looks very similar to that of the Backland FR 109. For how wide it is, the Backland 107 has pretty moderate tip taper lines, and more significant tail taper compared to other skis in its class like the Black Diamond Helio 105, K2 Wayback 106, and Blizzard Zero G 105.

The Backland 107’s rocker profile is an aspect where it differs significantly from the Backland FR 109. The Backland 107’s tip rocker line is shallower, and rather than a gradual rise like the Backland FR 109’s tip rocker line, the Backland 107’s tip rises pretty abruptly (it’s fairly similar to the Atomic Bent Chetler 100 in this regard). In the tail, the Backland 107 has a shallower rocker line than the FR 109, and the Backland 107’s tail splay is much lower (19 mm vs. 45 mm). In other words, the Backland 107’s rocker profile is a bit more conservative than its predecessor’s, and it ditches the Backland FR 109’s twin tail for a much more subtle, lower tail rocker line.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Backland 107:

Tips: 5.5-5
Shovels: 5.5-6.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9-7.5
Tails: 7.5-8.5

The Backland 107 has an interesting flex pattern. Its tips and shovels are very soft, but then it quickly stiffens up. And that section that’s very soft is really only where the tip is rockered and raised off the ground / snow. The middle of the ski is pretty strong without feeling “planky,” and the tail is much more supportive than the tip, but not super burly.

Compared to the Backland FR 109, the Backland 107 is softer in the tips, and maybe a touch stronger in the tail. Compared to the Line Vision 108, the Backland 107 is a bit softer at the very tips, but ramps up much quicker as you move to the middle of the ski, and finishes with a stronger tail. Compared to the Amplid Facelift 108, the Backland 107 is again a bit softer at the tip, ramps up a bit slower as you move from the tips to the center, but has a stronger tail. Compared to the new Blizzard Zero G 105, the Backland 107 is softer in the shovels and in the midsection, but has a slightly stronger tail.

Mount Point

The Backland 107’s recommended mount point is around -9.2 cm from center, which is fairly similar to the FR 109’s -8.5 cm, and falls in line with the mount points on more traditional / directional touring skis like the Black Diamond Helio 105, Blizzard Zero G 105, and K2 Wayback 106.

That said, we ended up liking the Backland FR 109 at a variety of mount points, including all the way up to -5 cm from center. So, we’ll be playing around with the mount point of the Backland 107 during our testing.

Weight

This is arguably the biggest difference between the Backland FR 109 and the Backland 107. Our pair of the 182 cm Backland 107 comes in at around 1650 grams per ski. That’s a significant drop in weight vs. the ~1820-gram 182 cm Backland FR 109. And the Backland 107’s lower weight moves it closer to the “dedicated touring ski” category, whereas the FR 109’s weight put it more in the “50/50” category.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.

1476 & 1490 K2 Wayback 106, 179 cm (18/19–19/20)
1477 & 1482 G3 FINDr 102, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
1547 & 1551 Black Diamond Helio 105 Carbon, 185 cm (17/18)
1562 & 1566 Scott Superguide 105, 183 cm (17/18–18/19)
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1606 & 1641 Blizzard Zero G 105, 188 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1642 & 1662 Atomic Backland 107, 182 cm (18/19–19/20)
1706 & 1715 Volkl BMT 109, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1720 & 1747 Line Sick Day Tourist, 186 cm (16/17)
1733 & 1735 Blizzard Zero G 108, 185 cm (17/18–18/19)
1745 & 1747 4FRNT Raven, 184 cm (16/17–18/19)
1752 & 1771 Amplid Facelift 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
1755 & 1792 Line Sick Day 104, 179 cm (17/18–19/20)
1814 & 1845 Elan Ripstick 106, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1825 & 1904 Black Crows Corvus Freebird, 183.3 cm (17/18–19/20)
1843 & 1847 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (17/18)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1898 & 1893 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (18/19)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1941 & 1965 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, 182 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1970 & 1979 Atomic Backland FR 109, 189 cm (17/18)
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (17/18–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The old Backland FR 109 stood out because it was a fairly light ski that was still very playful. With its more conservative rocker profile and directional flex pattern, will the Backland 107 still fill this role?

(2) The Backland 107 is very light, but there are still a number of skis that come in lighter than it. So should it be thought of as a dedicated touring ski, a 50/50 ski, or one that some people could use solely in the resort?

(3) Will the Backland 107 share the Backland FR 109’s versatility when it comes to mount point and skiing stances?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Atomic Backland 107 comes in at a very light, touring-friendly weight, but with a shape that’s more akin to most “freeride” skis on the market. We’ll be getting time on it very soon to see what that translates to on snow, so stay tuned for updates.

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10 comments on “2019-2020 Atomic Backland 107”

  1. My 18/19 version in 182cm is also closer to 1500g per ski. Don’t remember exactly and now they have bindings on them. I remember them being almost identical weight to my old Helios.

    • Chris- I’d love to hear your thoughts on the backland 107s vs the helio 105s. I’m searching for an everyday touring ski and these two are topping the list right now. Thanks!

  2. I absolutely love my Backland 109’s w Kingpins. Interested to give these skis a shot — looks like a very different ski than the 109. Do you guys plan to review the Backland 117? Seems like a ski that would be on your radar.

  3. Pretty interested in comparisons between this, the Bent Chetler 100 and the 4FRNT Raven. With the width and the weight savings, I reckon that this will be the most soft snow orientated, but how well does it do on crappy snow? How about compared to these two? Do you sacrifice too much chop/hard snow performance when going lighter?

  4. Very interested in comparison between K2 Wayback 106, Backland 107 and Helio 105. I am decided between these three for dedicated touring ski. Can you provide a quick overview?

  5. Is the 2019-2020 Backland 107 the same as last years model (red/black top sheet) or are there significant changes? Dims, weight, etc…

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