I've been in the Backland Carbon all year and have grown to really love this boot. It wasn't always beer and skittles - no matter what I did I couldn't get the liner to work for me (but it is also important to know that I have ankle geometry that is well outside the standard norm - the medial protuberance is positioned fully on the leading edge of that side of my ankle and the tongue just chewed it up no matter what we did to try and flatten that location out). After switching to an Intuition wrap liner I could not be happier, the boots truly have all-day comfort along with outstanding performance pretty much everywhere it matters.
Compared to the TLT6 the cuff of the B/C is noticeably stiffer laterally giving you a better sense of control and leverage on your edges - particularly when conditions get icy. With the tongue in these ski like a solid downhill boot (though the cuff is definitely lower than any downhill boot I've ever skied). The Grilamid shoe does a great job of transferring your power through the ski.
My favorite thing about the boots is the versatility. You can skin with little to no ankle-restriction when the tongue is removed (even with my wrap liner in place of the OE liner). The boots are not what I would call race-able light, but they don't weigh you down when charging out into the backcountry or up the steeps. They're nimble enough to get the most out of an 80-90 underfoot ski, but can drive 100-110+ without making you feel like you're missing something.
The walk-ski lever is simple and solid - an absolute winner in my book. But the tour-keepers on the buckles are the opposite - flimsy and half-functional. Call it nit-picking, but they are why I wouldn't call the boot a 5-star boot, more of a 4.5.
For those with wide feet, this boot will readily accommodate you, with the heat-molding Frodo could probably fit his boxy Hobbit foot in these boots. For me (with a fairly narrow foot) that means that I have had to add shims under the boot liner. While this is less than ideal due to the the extra weight of three layers of fiber boards, the big benefit that I found is that I now have the ramp angle dialed in perfectly so that when I am skiing in a neutral stance my weight is evenly distributed over the full length of my foot. This means that I have no hot-spots or foot fatigue and that I am able to really move my weight around the entire foot to steer my skis.
- The tech-binding hardware is great, and I've had no problems with my Dynafit TLT bindings. Step in is easy and consistent.
- Soles have been durable so far - great for scrambling on rocks or booting your way in when there's a no-snow approach.
- While the weight is fairly low, I can't help but wish that it was possible to shave off another 100g. Seeing all the new boots that are coming for 2016-17 (particularly the Sportiva and Scarpa carbon slippers) makes the geek in me think that getting 100g out should be child's play and more than that shouldn't be too difficult with some material substitutions (ie. more carbon/composite).
The Backland Carbon is a great one-boot quiver for anyone except a weight-weenie/racer, or for big freeride hucking; but, in between those extremes is where this boot really shows you what it can do and just how versatile it is.
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