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Atomic – Backland FR 102 W
The natural evolution of Fall-Line favourite – the Century – we were obviously massive fans of Atomic’s new women’s freeride range. The Backland FR 102 takes on the same shape and profile as the Century 102 (light rocker in the back, traditional camber underfoot and slightly more rocker in the front) for the ultimate combination of on- and off-piste performance but with the addition of a carbon backbone to give it that little extra stability, edge hold and poppiness without adding extra weight. The result is a playful, agile and reliable ski that slays in powder, slices through chop and screams on the piste – and thanks to that carbon insert and a light wood core, it’s mega-light without sacrificing downhill performance. Compared to its powder-oriented big sister, the Backland FR 109, the 102’s mid-sized waist means it provides the best of both worlds; it floats through anything up to waist-deep powder (how often does that happen outside Japan anyway?) and carves and cruises like a pro on the piste. Thanks to the subtle tip and tail rocker, it wouldn’t be shy of hitting a few jumps in the park either. If you’re off to do a season this winter, this is your one-quiver, do-it-all ski.