Atomic has taken a new approach to just about everything related to ski-touring: skis, skins, bindings and boots. The Backland Ultimate is no exception. It’s a skimo race boot that incorporates Memory Fit, a revolutionary molding-technology that has made Atomic famous among skiers with ugly feet. The entire boot, including the shell, can be thrown in an oven for a few minutes (do not attempt). Cold compression wraps cool the boot around the contours of your foot to create the ultimate fit profile. Memory Fit is a moldable shell design that is soft and pliable when hot, but stiff and responsive when cold. A washable sock-style liner is employed in the Backland Ultimate to provide simplicity and supple comfort throughout a day of touring or racing. A large single-throw lever dictates walk or ski mode in a simple and durable fashion. The carbon cuff and frictionless pivots allow the boot to walk like a running shoe. A grippy Skywalk rubber sole encourages booting up ridgelines. The Backland Ultimate is Atomic’s proud debut into the world of race-boots and it will quickly be a favorite for some.
- 80° of articulation is well beyond the capabilities of the average human ankle.
- Carbon Cuff adds stiffness and precision while a Grilamid shell durably handles walking duties.
- Free/Lock 3.0 is one of the easiest and simplest boot closure designs out there.
- Serviceable, frictionless pivots are rock solid for skiing precision and walking freedom.
- Skywalk Rubber Sole summons Luke Skywalker-like traction and speed.
Update 2018/19: Atomic changed to a traditional tongue-liner instead of the previous sock-style liner, making it easier to put on and take off. They also gave the boots a new paint job and extended the built-in gaiter a bit higher on the shell to improve waterproofing. Weight went up about 60 grams (2.1 oz).
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740g [27/27.5 - 2017/18]
|Weight (pair)||1610g [27/27.5]
1480g [27/27.5 - 2017/18]
|Boot Sole Length||248mm [23.5]
|Forward Lean(s)||13°, 15°|
|Materials||Grilamid shell, Carbon cuff|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Fully customizable shell and liner|
|Bottom Line||Light race boot that can mold to your feet|
Questions & Reviews
I bought these boots a year ago and they've been part of my primary touring and race setup since, I've put about 50 days on them. I've skied several volcanoes on them: Mt Hood, Mt Adams, Mt Saint Helens, Mt Bachelor. I've skied every possible kind of PNW snow imaginable in them from schmoo to chunder to ice to powder to hot pow to corn to corn chowder.
These boots are incredibly comfortable in walk mode. I could drive home in them they have so much mobility to them. The transition from walk to ski and back is effortless.
Now in ski mode, they are admittedly very soft. I don't mind this that much. I like to say I'm a pretty bad skier, so I don't notice the flex, all skiing is survival skiing with me. But the truth is I wouldn't trade the weight and flexibility in walk mode for more stiffness.
I've also used these boots on my "race setup". Truth is I'm not doing a bunch of racing, so I'm not sure these are really podium destined, but they are lighter than some of the boots my friends race in.
I do have a couple of small complaints:
- On the 2018/19 model, the liner is really light weight, and I pretty much destroyed it after a season of use. I've replaced them with the Palau Ultralight Race Liners and am really happy with that upgrade.
- With the stock liners, side hilling was often pretty uncomfortable because the hard plastic shell would dig into my ankle. I just got used to feeling the pain as a trade-off for the weight... but the Palau Ultralight Race Liners eliminated this problem.
I'm 5'4" 150lbs and I wear these boots to ski the Movement AlpTrack 94 169cm, with Black Diamond Helio 200 bindings. I also wear these boots to ski the Atomic Ultimate 65 WC 2016 163cm Skis with Dynafit PDG Autolock Bindings.
Cord durability? Can these be replaced with another better cord?
In the old model (White) is it possible to modified the angle of the cuff??
Do you think its possible to pair this boot with a Zag Adret 88 ski (88mm underfoot, 980grams) and use it for
The Dynafit PDG (size 27.5) is my current boot.
Which size of Backland Ultimate should I choose?
I'm currently having issues with the heels of the backland ul boot not conforming and causing major rub and lift. I've heat molded the boot and made attempts at padding up the heel to help lock it down but just get too much pressure in the heel bone. Has anyone tried to use a platinum light liner in these boots to add more fill in the heel. It seems the issue is the cut on the lower shell just above the heel is cut so low that there is no room for the heel to rest in and not get any lift. Thanks for any opinions or help.
Llevo 5 años con la carpa alíen 1.0 y tengo que cambiar. Estoy contento con la bota pero me seduce la atomice blackland ultimate por el hecho que se puede termodonformar la bota y el botín. Tengo una pequeño juanete en el exterior del pie, y siempre termino el día deseando quitarme la bota. Mi pregunta: ¿Cómo se conforma la bota y el botín? Se puede hacer en casa o hay alguna aparato especifico para conformarlos?
Y por otra parte, con la Alien 1.0 terminaba con el pie totalmente mojado, ya que no tiene lengüeta delantera. Con la Atomic Blackland ultimate como habéis solucionado este tema?
Gracias. Me quedo a la espera de sus noticias
Does upward pressure created by the cord when the cuff buckle is closed help to keep the lever locked into ski mode, or does the cord tension from the lever in ski mode just provide tension to the cuff? In other words, could the boot be locked into ski mode with the cuff left loose (or unbuckled altogether)? Thanks, you guys are the best.
The cord on the boot is connected to the ski/walk lever. When you pull the lever to walk mode, it loosens the power strap. There is a spring and lock that keeps the boot in ski mode, so essentially you can have the boot in ski mode but have the power strap loose. Here's a picture of the spring assembly in the lever.
On your sole length page you write 278 mm but for every other Backland model the sole length is 288 mm for size 26.5.
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