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Atomic Backland Pro (2021)

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Atomic’s Backland range has always been renowned for pushing the boundaries of touring innovation. At 1102 grams with plenty of performance, the new Backland Pro is no exception. Built with Prolite construction, the aim is to save weight where possible without cutting out necessary support. The latest Free/Lock 4.0 mechanism gives you incredible range of motion in a simple design that won’t ice up. It’s also adjustable between 13º-17º forward lean. To get you down safely, the Energy Backbone is infused to the True Flex cuff. You’ll no doubt be doing a fair bit of walking in these and the Skywalk Full Rubber sole and 74º ROM becomes quickly appreciated. Inside, the 3D Memory Fit liner is full customizable and laced to help cut blisters out of the equation. Lighter, easier to use, and more efficient than it’s predecessor, this boot will have you looking into zones you once deemed unreachable.

Atomic stats: 

  • Fit: Narrow
  • Flex:  100
  • 99mm Last 
  • Weight: 1102g (26.5cm) 
  • ROM: 74º

 

Gnomes Fit: 

  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Instep: Medium 
  • Heel: Narrow / Medium
  • Weight: 1120g (26.5cm)

 

Binding Compatibility: Touring Tech/Pin


Customisation Shell: Memory Fit
Soles: Skywalk Full Rubber Sole
Shell: Polyamid
Cuff: Polyamid
Liner: Memory Fit 3D Liner with Tongue Stabilizer and Laces
Buckles: 7000 Series Alu Buckle
Powerstrap: 40mm Quick Release Cam Strap 
Forward Lean: 13º – 17º


Prolite

Prolite is a way of building skis and boots that turns traditional thinking on its head. Instead of starting with a standard construction and cutting material away to save weight, Prolite does the opposite. It starts with the slimmest possible profile and then it builds up reinforcements in key areas where strength is needed – like the Energy Backbone down each boot spine and ski edge.

Free/Lock 4.0

These advanced Free/Lock mechanisms feature on all our touring boots, including Hawx Prime XTD and Backland Ultimate. The magic is you can flick from ski to walk mode with one simple switch. In walk mode they offer an epic cuff movement. In ski setting you can choose 13°/15°/17° adjustable forward lean.

Energy Backbone

The Energy Backbone is a reinforced, asymmetric backbone that provides extra strength for powerful skiing plus enhanced lateral energy transmission for better edge grip.

Frictionless Pivot

Igus polymer bushings provide a completely natural movement for effortless ascents.

Memory Fit

Atomic Memory Fit is one of the quickest heat-fitting technologies around. The key is Memolink, our special additive that improves the moldability and stretch characteristics of our plastics. Thanks to this, all three elements of the boot can adapt to the foot – shell, cuff and liner. 


Additional Features

Boa Fit System

Investment Cast Tech Inserts

liner


Ability levels

 

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Useful guidelines to assist you when buying your gear.

Buying guide

Ski boot fitting is something we take very seriously at Gnomes. It requires a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to see you right. There are several factors to consider when fitting boots including but not limited to: foot shape, foot profile, size, ability, age, biomechanics, goals and previous issues. It is always recommended you visit us instore for a full custom ski boot fit.

Beginner – Intermediate

This level covers new skiers that are getting to grips with the basics through to those who are cruising around the slopes linking turns top to bottom.  Skiing predominantly on the groomed/prepared trails.  This gear is more forgiving and encourages good progression to the next level.

Intermediate – Advanced

A majority of skiers fit into this level. These skiers can carve a good turn on the groomers as well as ski steeper freeride terrain or powder. This ability can ski with good speed and finesse in most snow types. The gear suited for this level can be pushed but is unlikely to be punishing if technique is off or a more chilled approach is taken.

Advanced – Expert

 Experienced skiers that have an aggressive ski style and demonstrate a higher level of technique whether on groomed runs or the steepest chutes on the mountain.  These skiers demand stronger equipment that is performance focused, usually stiffer and requires more input to get the most out of it.

There are three main measurements of the foot we look at to gauge the best boot selection. Although these are the main areas we look at it’s still not quite that simple, biomechanics and flexibility also have a major contributing factor on the fit.
Below is an example of the fit profiles we are looking for.
A. Forefoot Width – narrow, medium or wide
B. Instep Height – low, medium or high
C. Heel Width– narrow, medium, or wide

All ski boots are measured in centimetres also known as Mondo Point. Shoe sizes don’t exactly crossover with CM so the only true way to find you size is measure your foot in CM.

Note: Half (.5) centimetre sizes are the same fit as whole centimetres. E.G. 27.5cm fits exactly the same as 27.0cm, ski boot shells only come in 10mm size jumps.

Analysis

Using the latest technology, we take a scan of the foot on a pressure mapping system showing us images that can’t be seen by the naked eye, such as weight distribution and anatomical structure of the feet. This can help us identify the areas you need support. Gnomes’ experienced technicians evaluate your stance, posture and bio-mechanical makeup identifying your foot shape, flexibility, previous sporting injuries and any problem areas that may occur within a ski boot.

Footbeds

We mould the custom footbeds directly to the contours of the feet.  The feet are the foundations of the entire body therefore we must support them correctly, otherwise major problems will occur. Pronation and supination are normal bio-mechanical motions that the foot must engage in to perform correctly. When either of these motions becomes excessive they can cause foot fatigue, knee, hip and back pain. Gnomes’ custom footbeds will prevent this from happening. All foot types including neutral feet benefit from custom footbeds by improving comfort, performance and weight distribution while aligning the lower leg to decrease fatigue, impact and shock.

Boot selection

At Gnomes we have a large range of ski boots to accommodate all foot types, and abilities. After your foot analysis your technician will select two or three ski boots that are correct for your foot shape, ability, fitness level and future goals. Together you and your technician will the find the best fit. Once the final boot has been selected, you will add in your custom made footbeds and complete the following if needed:

Shell Modification: We may need to carry out some stretching to the plastic shell of the ski boot to accommodate the foot using our ski boot press. This is a simple process and makes for a fully custom shell offering maximum comfort.

Liner: Liners can be moulded and modified as needed in order to aid in initial comfort. There are also options for aftermarket liners that can have added benefits over the stock liners.

Cuff Alignment & Canting: Once you have the correct ski boot for your foot shape, and custom footbeds supporting your foot in the correct way, we need to align the cuff for the correct weight distribution on your skis. Bearing in mind that some of the miss aliment happening in your lower leg can be caused from over-tight or unbalanced muscles, your technician will work through a program that helps you to improve this.

  • Make sure you budget for a custom footbed, this makes or breaks the comfort of the fit.  You need to support the foot
  • Invest in a good quality, technical sock that wicks moisture away from the foot and offers padding where you need it the most.  We typically like working with thin socks for the best results.  Don’t worry thin doesn’t mean cold!
  • Only ever wear one pair of socks at a time
  • Do not tuck thermals into your ski boots or socks, this can cause pressure points
  • Almost everyone will NOT find a ski boot comfortable straight off the shelf. Customisation is nearly always required
  • Do not try on every ski boot in the shop as there are only one or two that will fit your foot type and it will confuse you in making a final decision.  See a shop with technical boot fitters that can advise
  • Ski boots are snug and toes WILL touch the end when walking around in a ski shop. However this will change once in “ski position” (knees bent) with the buckles tightly secured
  • Do not over tighten your buckles. If you feel the need to, its likely the boot is too big in volume for you
  • Store your ski boot done up when not in use

There are three main sole types on the market, most of the boots we sell fall into these categories.

Alpine (DIN) soles – ISO 5355: These are the most common sole types, found on most inbound boots and race boots.  They have been around the longest and offer the best binding and boot coupling interface but they are not the best for walking around due to low grip.

GripWalk soles – ISO 23223: This sole type is becoming much more popular as it offers more grip when walking around, plus a rockered toe plate to aid with walking.  To use this boot the binding must display a GW, Sole I.D or MNC symbol.

Touring soles – ISO 9523: These soles are usually found on true touring boots.  They feature heavily rockered soles with thicker rubber for maximum grip.  These can only usually be used in MNC, Sole I.D or bindings or pin-tech bindings.

 

 

 

 

* Boot needs tech fittings to be fully compatible

Last
Boot manufacturers refer to the last of the boot, the number they state is the width across the forefoot (from 1st metatarsal head to the 5th, usually in a diagonal line).  This number is a guide only, it gives a general ideal of the overall volume of the boot.  98mm = LV, 100mm = MV, 102/104mm = HV

Volume
This is the overall space inside the boot.  Low Volume/LV, Medium Volume/MV and High Volume/HV.  Brands usually state this number on the model.

Mondo Point
Mondo Point is a foot measuring scale; it equates to centimetres.  E.g., 28 mondo = 28cm.  Ski boots are measured in mondo point.  All other foot measurement scales don’t convert into mondo, you must have your feet measured in mondo to get fitted to ski boots.

Cuff Alignment
This can often be referred to ‘canting’ but true sole canting is next up in the glossary.  Cuff alignment adjustment can be found of the side rivets between the boot lower and cuff.  Sometimes you can adjust both sides, other times it’s just one side.  Cheaper boots have no cuff alignment.

Sole Canting
Canting wedges or plates are fitted to the underside of your boot before routing the toe and heel lugs back to DIN.  The aim is to have you ski bases running perfectly flat.  Gnomes can carry out full canting assessment and fitting of plates.

Zeppa
This is the internal base board.  In some case these are removable so it can be ground-down to create more space over the instep.

Lifters
Lifter plates usually come in 3mm & 5mm.  These typically are fitted to race boot soles (non-changeable heel & toe plates).  These add protection in terms of wear, stop boot from dragging at high angle carving and create a great carving angle.

Flex Index
Each boot has a stated flex, the higher the number the stiffer the flex.  Men’s boot we stock range from 90 – 140 and women’s 70 – 120.  Take these numbers with a pinch of salt as there is no testing, it’s simply a gauge the manufactures assign the boot.

GripWalk
GripWalk or GW soles are slowly replacing standard alpine soles for the most part.  They are grippier and have rocker on the toe making it slightly easier to walk in.

Power Strap
A piece of Velcro material that acts like a 5th buckle around the lower leg.  This strap can be upgrade to an aftermarket strap like Booster for better rebound properties.

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