Atomic Backland FR 102 W ski review, 2017/2018 women's Big Mountain Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

There are three ideal candidates to own Atomic's Backland FR 102 W. Any lightweight skier makes a perfect mate, as does anyone stepping up to her first dedicated off-trail ski. The third archetypical customer is a fairly universal one, the bargain hunter. For $499 at most retailers, the Backland FR 102 W delivers a well-balanced blend of accuracy on the edge and liveliness off it. The ski's elementary poplar and glass layup is reinforced by a Carbon Backbone for added energy, grip and durability. Atomic Backland FR 102 W's gradual sidecut is better adapted to cutting through crud than carving short turns on corduroy, but because it will grip at a low edge angle, the ski transitions smoothly to groomage. Its minimal weight and reliable performance in gnarly conditions make the Backland FR 102 W a good ski for combined backcountry/resort duty. “A great ski, it carves well,” said Benilia Terry. “Held well in all snow types; fun in powder and packed conditions.”

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