What do you call two friends skinning up a mountain? ... A race. The Atomic Backland boot will make sure you are gonna to win the race, whether it's to the top of the resort, your favorite backcountry line, or an actual event where everyone admits they're competing. This boot hits the sweet spot for what has quickly become the biggest part of up hilling; those who love to get out for some exercise. This boot comes in hundreds of dollars less than anything in its class and although it is not the stiffest or the lightest, it is guaranteed to be ready for anything. 74 degrees of articulation means its ready to hike and it will offer a smooth progressive flex for the serious skier on the way down.
|Material||Reinforced Grilamid Shell|
|Forward Lean||13, 15 degrees|
|Cuff Articulation||74 degrees|
|Buckles||2 + 30mm Power Strap|
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, AT|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 year|
Cripple Creek -- one of the best customer experiences I've ever had - before, during, and after purchase. Uphill -- barely less comfortable than hiking boots when hiking on and off trail over rocks before we hit snow, boots were extremely comfortable when skinning, and then took them up about 2000 ft with crampons that fit extremely well to the boot. They don't provide a lot of warmth as I did notice my toes getting numb at one point after a short rest. Downhill -- put in the boot tongues (I got the harder tongues per CCB recommendation and you should too) and these boots go from hiking boots to ski boots. I was amazed at how much stiffness they provided going down given how comfortable they were on the up. I'm not a very aggressive skier though so your preference may vary. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.