Last: 98-100 mm
Cuff Range: 78˚
Forward Lean: 13 or 15˚
BSL: 298 (27.5)
Binding Compatibility: Tech (pin) bindings only
Weight (per boot): 1100g (27.5)
Why we chose the Atomic Backland Carbon: Low weight with an astonishing walk mode.
Similar to the Salomon S/Lab X-Alp touring boot, Atomic have managed to create a boot that lacks weight yet still manages to carry a pretty impressive flex rating. We’re not saying that this is going to replace your 130 flex alpine boot, but it’ll steer skis up to 100mm wide in rough conditions. In fact, in these we’d be happy to ski up to 110m wide powder skis (if the conditions were right).
“The unrestricted range of motion is extremely appreciated over long distances, or rocky scrambles”
The impressive flex has been achieved through the use of carbon fibre on the cuff, which is locked down into ski mode through Atomic’s tried-and-tested Free/Lock 2.0 system (same as that used on the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130). This offers a simple yet extremely effective way of locking your boot down into ski mode. Downhill performance is nicely topped off with a 30 mm booster strap that you’ll be able to crank down tightly thanks to the inbuilt camming unit.
Turning to the touring side of things, this is where the Backland Carbon begins to shine. What Atomic have titled their “Frictionless Pivot” gives up to 78˚ of well… frictionless pivot in the cuff. The unrestricted range of motion is extremely appreciated over long distances, or rocky scrambles where you’ll be pushing the cuff close to its full range of movement.