Holy stoppers: the Atomic Backland Tour binding with an innovative brake! Weighing in at a svelte 325g per side, the binding flaunts one of the highest feature-per-gram ratios we’ve seen. It includes all the creature comforts necessary to coax you into doing just one more lap. In addition to all the bullet points from the brakeless version, the Backland Tour + Brake offers five widths to choose from to perfectly fit your skis. The brakes have a reliable on/off switch to change the sinister-looking arms from walk mode to ski mode (a move that can be accomplished without stepping out of the ski). The binding is refreshingly simple, straightforward, and has a logical approach to stopping a backcountry ski.
The toe piece is a sturdy beast that features uphill tech-efficiency and serious downhill chops. An oversized lever increases ice-breaking and socket-clearing power while a patented aid helps with step-in. The heel piece adjusts 30mm for different boots and offers a flat-on-ski mode to ameliorate those long approaches. Two risers help with climbing once you get there. An integrated crampon receptor has you ready for spring. Interestingly, the Backland comes with three release springs that let you swap between mens, womens, and expert level settings. The Atomic Backland platform is a simple, capable, user-friendly binding that includes a lot-a-bit of everything for just a little-bit of weight.
Update 2018/19: Just a new "gunmetal" grey color, the Backland stays the same otherwise.
|Weight (pair)||790g [90mm]|
|Brakes||80mm, 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Vertical Release||Choice of mens, womens, or expert.|
|Lateral Release||Choice of mens, womens, or expert.|
|Materials||Aluminum body, steel pins, plastic housing|
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|Notes||Comes with 3 release springs|
|Bottom Line||All the features, less of the weight.|