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Atomic Backland Summit 12 Binding & Brake


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The Backland Summit 12 binding offers a compelling feature set without all the extra weight. Being constructed primarily with glass-infused polyamide (PA), a thermoplastic known for its high performance-to-weight ratio, the Summit 12 keeps the weight down but is robust enough for season after season of use. With the introduction of the AutoFlex System, the Summit 12 compensates for ski compression, allowing you to lay the ski on edge and drop off features with confidence. The patented Step-in Aid makes stepping into the bindings so easy that you’ll be locked in and ready to climb while your pals are still fiddling around with their toe pin alignment. Compared to the Backland Tour binding, the Summit 12 has a PA construction, adjustable lateral release, and 8mm of total rearward travel. If you value reliability and performance in a binding, the Summit 12 very well may be for you.

  • Adjustable lateral release values between 6-12 let you find the right setting.
  • AutoFlex System helps prevent pre-releasing by allowing the heel piece to travel backward with ski compression.
  • Step-In Aid helps you to step in the toe piece the first time, every time.
  • Flat with two riser options lets you find the climbing position that's just right.
  • Over-the-pin heel flaps mean you don't have to rotate the heel to climb.
  • Heel adjustment track has a whopping 50mm range.
convert to ounces
399g [90mm]
Weight (pair) 798g [90mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   80, 90, 100, 110, 120
BSL Adjustment   50mm
Riser Heights   2 + flat
Vertical Release   Fixed
Lateral Release   6-12
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Aluminum body, steel pins, high-strength plastic housing
Skimo Co Says
Usage Touring, mountaineering, big missions
Bottom Line Good features, lightweight, robust
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Bruno
Hi--thanks for providing such a great resource. What's the pin height difference for this Summit binding? I haven't been able to find any information. Is it the same as the Tour? Thanks.
Answer from Emmett I

We haven't officially measured it yet, but from my very rough measurements, it's about 7mm. 34.5 in the front, 41.5 in the back.
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Question from Vitor
Do you leave the rubber bit under the toe pieces in when mounting? I noticed my backland pure from previous years does not have this.
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Vitor, yes leave that bit in. Probably helps to keep snow and ice from forming under the toe springs. The Backland Pure has a different toe than the Summit, no rubber there as you have noticed.
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Question from Vernon M
Carlos (or whomever): Could you run these brakeless and have the ATK free ride spacer as well? The height seems like it would be appropriate at right around 24mm...? I might be off by a mm or so (I think).

Is this binding intended/marketed to be MORE beefy than the previous Backland/Pure/MTN binding from Atomic/Salomon? It's partially plastic/composite and the footprint seems a bit wider esp. at the toe, but I don't know if that makes it stronger. Is the lateral adjustment really the only difference functionally?

Thank you.
Answer from eric
Vernon-You can not run these bindings without the brake. The Summit is not being marketed (at least by us) as a beefier binding. Just a binding with a few different features than the original MTN Pure bindings. Differences are adjustable lateral release, boot length compensation, and slightly easier toe to step in on.
Answer from jbo
Hi Vernon, fyi there is a brakeless version called simply the Backland Summit.
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Question from Anthony O
Are these the same brakes as the predecessor? Approx 95 g? Can the binding be mounted without? Thx.
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Anthony,

From a user standpoint, the brakes are essentially the same in terms of their mechanism/function. However, they do mount differently to the new heel of the binding. So they would not be backwards compatible with the old ones. I weighed one and it came in at 99 grams without the mounting hardware.

I do believe you could mount the binding without the brake and it would be functional. However, the brakeless version has a cover that fills in the gaps that would be left without the brake, whereas the braked model does not come with this cover. So if you want to run brakeless, I would just wait and grab the brakeless version. Without the cover you might have some more snow buildup on the heel plate.
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