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Intel heels on Atomic Backlands

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I just ordered some Atomic Backlands to try as a lightweight alternative to my UPZ ATBs for free riding (no splitboarding). I’d love to chop off the rear foot heel and replace w an intec heel because I really value the step in convenience. Has anyone done anything like that?! Put an intec heel on an AT boot? I realize it’s an extreme mod, but if the boot frame can handle it, then I should be good. Would appreciate any advice before I start sawing...

 

my most commonly used setup is a Korua stealth w f2 carve rs bindings. 
 

 

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I would say it makes more sense, and less work, to build your own step-in version.

This has been/is on my to-do list, but not done yet.

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I looked at several ski and AT boots over the years with bolting on my heel pieces in mind and found none with enough structure to cut some away and still secure the t-nuts for the mounting screws

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Thanks folks.

@pokkis That sounds beyond my DIY skills. I’d also want something that’s been tested for a step-in mechanism, just to be safe. Maybe there’s a way to repurpose the intec internals...? Or is there an example of a reliable DIY step in solution?

@b0ardski do you mean that there wouldn’t be a thick enough plastic heel left for a secure hold onto the intec heel after I cut away material? I could leave a little more plastic there and just have a higher heel. I’ll have a look when i get the boots. 
 

 

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yes that's what I mean ; nothing left to mount to. the shape needs to be molded into the shell from the start

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On 9/21/2019 at 10:20 AM, z_in_nyc said:

I’d love to chop off the rear foot heel and replace w an intec heel because I really value the step in convenience.

One of the many advantages of the Backland is that it's a viable boot with roughly half the boot board ramp of Intec compatible shells.

Maybe you don't care about such nuance. Maybe you should. Either way, put a few hours on the new boots and see how you stand with lower heels. Might be you value the convenience of a more centered and relaxed stance more than the convenience of step-in bindings.

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