During the backcountry-ski explosion of the early 21st Century, skiers have projected a number of strongly held opinions about the perfect waist width for touring skis. Some say skinnier skis climb easier, navigate tight lines better, and offer plenty of soft-snow performance. Others advocate that if you are going to walk uphill for turns, you should be able to float and crud-bust through all the goods you find. Thus, a powder touring ski is ideal. Turns out, both camps are right, and touring happiness largely depends on skier preference. But doesn't it make sense to take the middle path? Get a ski that borrows benefits from both powder skis and ski-mountaineering options. That is what the wise ski-makers at Atomic were thinking with the Backland 107. It splits the difference, light enough to keep up on the skin track and fly through kick turns, but wide and strong enough to lay down first tracks in any terrain. True explorers may add a new opinion to the heap this season: that the Backland 107 is the best backcountry ski they have ever used. Similar skis: Blizzard Zero G 105, Moment Wildcat 108 Tour.