2020 Atomic Backland Carbon Ski Touring Boot — Review

By Guest Blogger | March 22, 2019  

Jamie Caudill

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

2019-2020 Atomic Backland Carbon.

2019-2020 Atomic Backland Carbon.

First impressions of Atomic Backland Carbon Ski Touring Boot:

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Comfy as a slipper made from clouds and puppy fur
  • Obscene range of motion — good boots for yoga
  • For years I have dodged the oncoming tide of flimsy “skimo” twigs with teeny low-tech bindings and neon morphsuits, But alas, the lure of lightweight long-distance touring has won out over the desire to slog uphill dragging five-to-ten pounds on each foot.

    Sure enough, I found myself in the market for a lightweight pair of boots. I envisioned them wrapped in flashy euro-inspired neon stripes sporting an exotic name that is reminiscent of Italian race cars and spelled incorrectly like syclone, syber, or sychology. Instead, I landed on the 2019-2020 Atomic Backland Carbon (retail available this coming fall).

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    Mt. Daniel — Pacific Northwest March Adventure

    By Julia Dubinina | March 20, 2019  

    All photos by Jamie Caudill

    This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

    On to to pow.

    Finding pow on Mt. Daniel. Photo by Jamie Caudill

    Taking full advantage of a sunny Pacific Northwest day, Louie, Jason, Jamie and I decided to head to Mount Daniel on Sunday, March 10th. Jason and Jamie flew in from Colorado the day before and were stoked for an adventure. I had been stuck at home with the plague for a week, so I was also itching to get out.

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    Black Diamond JetForce Tour 26 — Review and Mods!

    By Guest Blogger | March 18, 2019  

    Gary Smith

    This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry. They won’t drill holes in your pack for you, but they’ll discuss it.

    Skiing a new-to-us line in a Colorado February moderate rated snowpack. The Tour 26 was welcomed insurance.

    Skiing a new-to-us line with a Colorado February “moderate” rated snowpack. My Black Diamond Tour 26 airbag backpack was welcome insurance.

    This winter is my first season skiing exclusively with an airbag backpack, the new Black Diamond JetForce Tour 26. While avalanche airbags have been in development since I was born, cost and weight have been the primary reasons for slow adoption by myself and many other skiers. Also, here in the United States, terrain type is another reason for limited use. Efficacy of a balloon bag is proven for long slide paths lacking trees and and terrain traps. Instead, much of our winter skiing on this side of the pond, and particularly in Colorado, is near or below treeline in rolling terrain, often terminating in creek beds where you might initially come to rest on the surface, but snow sliding above you can bury you deep — if you survive being “strainered” through the forest.

    All that said, with diligent monitoring of snow stability, there are still many opportunities to ski long steep, sparsely timbered pitches throughout our ski season. That’s when the airbag comes in to play.

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