The Backland Carbon Boot from Atomic is a very serious boot, and it got a serious makeover for 2019/20 season. So serious, in fact, that we aren't gonna make any jokes for the rest of this product listing (well, maybe one at the end). All the updates are aimed at improving the Backland without adding any weight. Atomic incorporated a BOA closure system on the lower shell of the boot, ensuring that the fit feels even, snug, and sturdy. A 40mm cam power strap improves on the thinner power strap that older models featured, and the taller cuff means a more direct boot-to-ski feel on the way down. With carbon loaded polyamide making up the cuff and shell on this updated model, this boot can be altered (by a boot tech) to fit almost any foot. Atomic took a great boot and made it better in every way while still preserving the unique customizable fit that made older models so popular. The updated Atomic Backland Carbon boot is functional, reliable, and looks like boots RoboCop would wear-- perfect for serious skiers who do serious things in the backcountry.
The Frictionless Pivot provides an efficient and smooth stride, allowing for a natural walking motion that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel-- it is just walking, after all.
Updated shell and cuff material offers excellent lateral power transmission so you can consider using these boots on fatter skis.
BOA closure system wraps the foot evenly and snugly, you can ski down without slop then skin right back to the top in comfort.
Free/Lock 2.0 ski/walk mech is proven solid and still really simple to use while offering great support in ski mode.
Full rubber sole means confidence when walking on stuff that isn't snow, which does happen in the real world.
Fully moldable shell and liner means it can fit some big hooves.
Hey Paul, the Backlands definitely are! Not all automatic crampon bails mate perfectly with all ski boot toes, but the lip on the front of the boot should work nicely with the automatic crampons that we stock.
Dr. Cawley, following your ignominious overtaking of the USS SkimoCo on the Flagstaff skinner last week, we refuse to give out any advice that may advance your skiing career. However, if someone in our good graces asked the same question, we would say that the Backland Carbon is in the same stiffness class as the Travers Carbon (now called the Travers CS), and a little less stiff both forward and laterally than the new Travers CC.
I truly appreciate your diplomatic patronage. Please know that while I may appear to be yet another imperious Wasatch mouth breather, on the inside I am deeply tormented--primarily by ski boot fit and performance issues.
Hi Eric! We were able to ski the new Backlands and I also found that review strange. The stiffness of the new version is somewhere between a tongueless Backland and a tongued Backland since, hey, they removed the tongue. It's taller, more responsive, applies pressure more evenly, and walks great without having to remove anything, making it a nice boot for those who prefer simplicity versus the removable tongue system. Similar story as compared to the TLT6 as those were comparable boots.
The listed 98mm last is way off, felt wider and more voluminous than an F1.
lol. i agree with the above about the WildSnow review. i am curious though... i've been sking 17/18 women's backlands for a few years and i NEVER use the tongues. so it seems like this boot would be a rad upgrade; simplicity of tongueless but also stiffer/more responsive. i assume if the old backland fit my foot well, the same shell size in the carbon should fit the same? maybe that's a dumb question, but i have nowhere to try the boot on locally so just wanted to be sure!
Hey Emily, yes, same shell size should work well from the older Backland Carbon to the new Backland Carbon/Backland Pro. Fit is affected slightly by the change in liner and the new Boa system, but shouldn't switch things up radically.