Holy stoppers: the Atomic Backland Tour binding with an innovative brake! Weighing in at a svelte 325g per side, this 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 50mm 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.
- Three easily-swapped release-springs included: men’s, women’s, and expert.
- Patented Step-In Aid means you won’t subject yourself to Dyna-fiddle during transitions.
- Three climbing positions include a flat mode and two beautifully machined lifters.
- 50mm adjustment track offers plenty of flexibility to accommodate a boot-quiver.
- Five brake sizes to choose from: 80mm, 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm.
Update 2018/19: Just a new "gunmetal" grey color, the Backland stays the same otherwise.
Update 2020/21: A longer adjustment track gives 50mm of adjustment vs 30ish for previous versions.
|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|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Touring, mountaineering, big missions.|
|Notes||Comes with 3 release springs|
|Bottom Line||All the features, less of the weight.|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
If you so choose to remove the ski brake is there an included plate so that you are not banging the topsheet of the ski when in touring mode?
You only have 120mm brakes....sounds kind of wide.
I don't want excessively wide.
What input do you have?
This flipping clicking action wears out, and its hard to describe, but you will lose the ability to use your heel risers. I saw another review on a different page, same story. I have skied competitively with these bindings for 2 seasons and it just started happening.
I really love these bindings, and I am sad that they broke and I will keep using my sad broken bindings without heel risers.
If you do buy them, because they are rad, keep your receipt and try to break them under two years for the warranty claim. Don’t lose the proof of purchase :)
2. The new pair of skis my wife just got are 112 underfoot, that seems doable with the 110 brake... but my question is would that be better than bumping all the way to the 120?
Or could I exchange the 100 mm brakes for a set of 105 brakes?
Please tell me if Scarpa F1 boots are compatible with Atomic T Backland Tour +Break breaks.
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