The cry rings out over the ski industry. Freeride baby, it’s where the money is!
Enough! I say…
Quite refreshing to visit our Austrian friends at Bergsteigen.com and check out an in-the-flesh pair of the new Backland Carbon SKI TOURING boot. Essentially, Atomic took the best from their competitors, added some spice, and look what happened.
We think this shoe is super nice, though we’ll of course need to do some major testing before we give it the total nod. Meanwhile, here are some photos. Oh, the size 25.5 at the Bergsteigen office weighs 1058 grams per boot, 984 without the removable tongue. Last is officially a “98 mm” but we think they look a bit wider than that. Word from Bergsteigen is they could be a bit warmer and easier fitting in the forefoot area than some of the other low volume touring boots on the market.
In about a week I’m headed to the Atomic factory near Vienna for an up close meeting of the minds. I’m not sure what they have planned since the boots are made in Italy, but I’m sure I can find something interesting to blog about. Visiting ski factories is always fun.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.