I’ve got about 20 days of testing on my Atomic Backland Carbon ski touring boots. We fit them in Austria using their full “Memoryfit” technology that’s purported to heat mold the shell to your foot along with the liner. I was a little suspicious of this. Why doesn’t the whole shell just expand and get too big? Turns out the process does work, but has to be done correctly (and may not be needed if you get a good shell fit out of the box, in which case you can just do a normal “stack” heat of the boots for a molding.)
Note that Atomic will offer three liner options when the Backland boots go to full retail next fall. One of the liners will be ‘high volume’ to help fill for lower volume feet, while the other liners will be a standard version and a super light and flexible version. Official word: “Three liners, Platinum Light (which is in the orange boot for uber light weight touring guys), Platinum, and a Platinum Low Volume (which is currently being developed for the women’s version as well as aftermarket sales).
Thing is, if you’ve got any alignment problems or any areas on your feet that normally need a boot fitter’s punch, you just might be able to do an oven mold of the Backland and get it all perfect in one step. More, if you’ve got the classic problem of skinny ankles and long feet you can possibly downsize for ankle fit and depend on the process to lengthen the toe area.
I was just joking about the boot fitter, as you’ll still need him and his calibrated oven to do the Memoryfit. But you might not need him as much.
A few days ago Lisa and I attended a demo of the process, hosted by Colorado area sales rep Michael MacQuarrie. Check out a few photos and commentary.
Thanks goes to boot fitter Steve Centofanti for use of his location and equipment (if you need boot work in the Aspen area, he’s at 430 South Spring Street in the old mining town).
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.