Atomic Backland Pure Binding
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Simple, capable, and user-friendly. The Backland Pure Binding has a combination of features that folks have been eager to see for a long time. Hauling around excess weight in an overly complicated binding isn’t anybody’s favorite activity, and Atomic is here to simplify things. The toe piece screams "work smarter, not harder", utilizing a long lever to increase leverage during transitions. Naturally, it offers the efficiency of a tech binding on the uphill. Socket-clearing toe pins help clear out ice and debris. A patented step-in aid helps guide the boot into the binding. An integrated Dynafit-style crampon receptor minimizes additional parts to lose, break, or buy. In a word: perfect. The heel piece sits on a threaded adjustment track to accommodate multiple boots so your jealous friends can take a spin. Turn the heel piece 90° for a flat mode to make long approaches friendlier. Two risers flip down so no-matter the terrain, you’ll be at an efficient climbing angle. Best of all, you have your choice of three release settings by means of a spring swap. Simply unscrew the spring cartridge and replace it with the men’s, women’s, or expert springs included in the box. This uniquely changes both the lateral and vertical release values. The Atomic Backland Pure is a capable binding that suits just about every backcountry skier’s fancy.
- Includes three different lateral & vertical release springs: men’s, women’s, and expert.
- Patented Step-In Aid makes enables you to put your skis on with your eyes closed.
- Three total riser heights include a flat mode and two beautifully machined lifters.
- A 30mm adjustment track accommodates your beef boot and your race boot.
- The leash (+28g) can be used to measure the heel gap for in-the-field adjustment.
If you decide to add brakes later, you can. Alternately, buy them together at a discount.
Note: This binding accepts both Plum and Dynafit crampons, though with the latter the included crampon keeper clip must be used to prevent any lateral movement during use.
Update 2018/19: Just a new "gunmetal" grey color, the Backland stays the same otherwise.
Update 2020/21: Atomic renamed the Backland Tour to Backland Pure to further differentiate it from the version with brakes.
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||Choice of mens, womens, or expert|
||Choice of mens, womens, or expert|
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|Notes||Leash included doubles as gap tool|
|Bottom Line||Wonderfully crafted stripped-down touring binding|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Two small issues I've been having, after 2 seasons (~50 days total).
1. Heel risers - they have been getting loose, to the point where the upper heel riser will undo itself while skinning. It looks like this video posted by Simon a couple years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpPs9_VoIF8
I don't see any way I can tighten the pin/riser system. Any suggestions?
2. Tower rotation - started out smooth, but with use it's been getting stiffer and harder to rotate. Is there any simple way to lubricate/grease it or would it require dissasembly, cleaning/regreasing, and reassembly?
Unfortunately, we don't have any great solutions for loose risers, but you can indeed re-lube the tower rather easily. You'll need to take the fork out which is done by removing the screw at the back of the binding with a 2.5mm allen key. You'll then want to coat all 4 sides of the central post with binding grease, then reinstall the fork and give it a couple twists to spread the grease around.
I will try lube-ing the heel risers with carbon paste, typically used to increase friction in road bikes between the seat post and frame, and see if that works.
For the heel risers, a ski chop here in chamonix helped me fix it.
They explained that this problem occurs through usage of the heel risers, which rubs the metal parts together and over time, they become thinner. The risers get looser, and without the rubbing friction, they flip too easily.
They used a small hammer to whack the metal pin that the heel risers rotate around. This causes the metal pin to expand in the middle, which adds friction to the heel risers.
They also noted that this quick fix is also temporary, more usage of heel risers will rub the metal down, again, and get loose. You can repeat the hammer whack fix one or two more times, until there is not enough pin metal to whack anymore. This should be able to keep the binding in use until it needs to be retired from use or some larger binding failure occurs.
What am I missing?
Uh oh! Would you mind sending us some photos to email@example.com?
How does leash weight compare to brakes weight?
If I get braked version, my ski is 101 underfoot. What brake size is best?
The 100mm will easily accommodate your 101mm waist ski.
I am 5'7" 170lbs and have a pair mounted to a 177cm 95 underfoot ski, and another pair mounted to a 184cm 118 underfoot ski. Unless in absolutely severe consequence terrain, I ski with the toe pieces in ski mode and use the Men's rear spring. I have never pre-released from either toe or heel.
The binding also comes with a lighter "woman's" spring and a heavier "advanced" spring which are simple to swap.
I greatly value the low ramp angle between the toe and heel pieces of this binding for my style of skiing.
Ice-buildup under the toe piece is extremely rare, and cleared in mere seconds by simply moving the lever into walk mode once or twice.
Heel piece is easy to rotate with skis on, and rotates independent from the risers; which are themselves easy to flip with a ski pole.
Resort skied on them in Val Thorens, Les 3 Vallees with friends for a week in March. They are a great carving setup, with my Maestrale RS. A perfect 1/2 resort/ touring setup for Yurp.. Skied quite a bit with long off-piste traverses after a big storm too.
Never had any pre-release, and I always kept the toe in ski mode, except when climbing.
Mine are mounted with the ski brakes.
So I have the idea of using quiver killers to make it easy to remove and reinstall the heel piece whenever you want to.
Any reason that would not work? And you could guys install things for me that way?
Yep! You got it. The version that ships with brakes comes with a brake-less base plate. No reason that quiver killers wouldn't work. A few minutes ago we debuted our Atomic Backland Quiver Killer Kit and our tech Eric would love to install them for you! Pricing on installation is here.
I picked up a set of the Salomon MTN binding in France in March. Now mounted on my Backland 95 skis.
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