The Atomic Backland has raised the game in touring boots, and that’s why it’s our boot of the year
The new Backland boot has greater cuff mobility than your ankle |Garret Grove / Atomic
Clever, clever, clever. It’s a boot you could stare at and admire, and then wear, ski and climb in and admire further. It’s not just an incredible entry into the touring and backcountry sector, it’s a amazing boot in its own right. It has a new Free/Lock 2.0 mechanism that frees the cuff from the shell for 74° cuff mobility – that is more than your ankle.
The Frictionless Pivot creates seriously smooth movement, while the liner is fully breathable, so excess heat and moisture can escape – useful on steamy bootpacks and tours. There are four boots in the series: men’s and women’s versions, plus two super-light versions which have a carbon spine.
Read the full review in the Fall-Line Gear Guide, out now.