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.
|Weight (pair)||2220g [27/27.5]|
||1 + 40mm Cam Strap + BOA|
||Carbon infused polyamide, Carbon fiber|
||Memory Fit 3D Platinum Light|
||Skywalk Full Rubber|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Bottom Line||A sweet boot now streamlined and sexy|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
I have also had serious durability issues. Screws have fallen out in the field (apparently they don't put lock-tite on them in the factory) and the shell cracked after only about 15 days. Friends have had the same issue with screws. Overall, not impressed and going back to my tlt7s, which ski downhill much better, although they don't walk as well.
All these positives said though, I've found that that the upper strap needs re-tightening occasionally and I sometimes wish I had purchased the backland ultimate boot instead given the weight savings there. My experience wearing different boots is minimal, but at 1200g I would not call these very light. This is certainly a boot I'd wear all day long though. Comfortable!
1) How they ski vs. a TLT6.
2) How do they fit? I'd love it if they fit narrower than the F1.
I realize you guys probably haven't been on them yet. Just a heads up I expect to buy 'em from you if you convince me they are as good as they sound!
The listed 98mm last is way off, felt wider and more voluminous than an F1.
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