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).
Hey Joe! The Ultimate boot has gotten good reviews for durability, and if you were concerned about the cord strength on the cuff mechanism, you could definitely replace it with a different cord, such as the legendary Amsteel Blue as an aftermarket product, or our stock Alien dyneema cord. As a usage anecdote, ubermensch Mark Smiley skied across the Alps in a pair of Backland Ultimates, which hopefully attests to their durability!
I have had those boots for 2 years. They are pretty light and act with quite good stiffness but there is a huge problem for me with the inner boot, which is thin as a sock (and it could even work), but it has stitches in the wrong place - and near plastic part by the lower buckle, because it may dramatically damage my foot. I wrote to Atomic about this already twice but got no answer (I also wanted to buy a new inner boot). I hope that it has been improved now (I see normal type of inner boot).
Hey Rikard, thanks for reaching out! Without having more experience on the Zag ski, it's hard to say whether a true race boot such as the Backland Ultimate would work well as a pairing. The Atomic is reasonably stiff by the standards of skimo race boots, but skimo race boots as a category will generally feel a bit underpowered for skis that are more than 85mm under the waist. If you're looking for a boot that would pair with touring skis in the 85-95mm waist category, I'd check out the Atomic Backland Carbon.
Hi Keith, this boot (and any other race boots on our website) are not going to be compatible with the Shift binding, or any other step-in style binding for that matter. Look for boots that have the compatibility noted as "Frame" under the Specs tab, e.g. the Atomic Hawx XTD 130, Tecnica Zero G, and Dynafit Hoji Free. These boots will also have the power needed to drive a bigger ski that you might choose to pair with the Shift.
Is there a major difference in waterproofing between the 2018/19 and 2019/20 models? I've seen pictures both with and without a higher front gaiter and closed/open rear shell and I'm trying to figure out which is which. I don't really want a bunch of water/snow in my boots...
My old Dynafit Dyna Evo boots have a problem with the rubber sole wearing out really fast on the heel part where the sole meets the binding heel flaps. I have replaced the soles already two times. It looks like that the older white Atomic Ultimate has some different (at least different colour) rubber on the heel and toe to probably address this problem. Does the new black boot also have some harder wearing rubber in toe and heel?
Hey Joel! Dang, that's not fun. Sorry to hear that. It's tough to tell if this sole is any different than the one on the Backland Carbon, but the sole on that boot is wearing standing up to a ton of abuse. We've seen some really hammered Backland Carbons and never once has the sole been the issue. One version of the Dyna was kinda known for having some sole issues so you're not alone there.
Hey Aaron! Oh man, not good! If you're looking for a field fix, a Voile strap around the cuff would allow you to limp your way back to the trailhead. The cord is 2mm cord and because of the really gentle routing you could definitely get away with a few lengths of 2mm accessory cord for the time being but send me a picture and I'll see what I can do for you.
Definitely not a field fix although I suppose in a pinch with the right cell reception, I might actually post you guys a question while sitting in a snow cave! I will shoot you a pic but basically where the cord runs from the lever to the grommet on the outside cuff the grommet (because it is metal?) cut the outer casing, leaving in tact what I assume is a spectra interior (it is white, and held all day). I have some 1.8mm paracord coming but I am afraid that stuff will just totally fail.
Wouldn't be the first time we've done a FaceTime counseling session with someone in the field! Paracord could be sweet for a quick fix to get you moving again, but you're right, it's the sheath that really matters on the boots with a cord closure. Doesn't matter how strong the cord itself is if the sheath isn't up to standard. The accessory cord I linked in the above comment has a pretty burly sheath so it'd likely do better than paracord which is pretty soft. The Scarpa Alien cords might even work if you want to buy some more replacements!
Hi, so this is a different shell to the backland carbon? I just bought a pair of backland carbon in 27.5 and they fit great, so I was super psyched to get the ultimate in the same size, especially after the guy on the shop told me the shells are the same...
Hi, 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.
Alex, In general there is always some lift in race boots. Blistering is not good though. We have not tried another liner in that boot yet. It sounds like you have tried everything we would have, it might be that this boot is not the right fit for you unfortunately.
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
Hey Aitor, gracias por llegar. El plástico MemoryFit debe ser moldeado por un profesional con el equipo adecuado que la mayoría de las tiendas de esquí no tienen (es un método de moldeo patentado que utiliza Atomic). ¡Es una idea bastante intrigante y hemos encontrado un gran éxito con Backland Carbon! El trazador de líneas no nos ha presentado ningún problema, aparte del hecho de que es bastante ajustado. Se moldea muy bien, aunque el brazalete es mucho más bajo en el frente que su Alien 1.0, así que a menos que lo esté usando en motos de carrera, es probable que no tenga el poder de su Alien 1.0.
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.
Hey Jonah. Thanks for reaching out! Yup, 278mm is the BSL for the 26.5 Backland Ultimate. Race boots typically have a shorter BSL than their equivalently sized "heavyweight" brethren, even with the same internal length. If you fit the 26.5 Backland Carbon then you'll fit the 26.5 Ultimate.