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I thought maybe this would go in "videos" but that's "videos of people carving" and there's not a lot of carving here, but it is "all mountain" hard booting.

This is a Burton Skeleton Key 154, F2 Race Titanium bindings, Atomic Backlands with Phantom Levers.

 

 

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I didn't really notice any difference in riding these (Atomic Backland Carbon / F2 Race Ti/ Phantom Link levers) versus my previous set up (HSP, F2 Intec). These are the Carbon boots - light, but not as light as the "ultra light" ones which I think have only one buckle - these have two buckles plus a power strap.

The boots are noticeably lighter at less than half the weight of the HSP/Intec combination. I think they're stiffer (which I like). As noted elsewhere I used the Link levers because I needed more forward lean than the Atomic levers provided, not because I wanted springs. In practice I felt that I could probably easily overpower the springs so they were likely not relevant, although I've no real evidence of that.

Bear in mind that in that type of snow you can ride without buckles pretty easily - it's not the same kind of test as hard pack.

The boots look small and skinny, which is slightly worrying in the cold, but I had no issues at minus 10 - minus 15. I didn't bake the liners as they fit fine out of the box and my advice was baking would not improve that.

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13 hours ago, JRAZZ said:

Trying to figure out which ones to get.

Are you looking to buy 'new', or 'new old stock'?

 One of the gains from the 'Carbon' model is the carbon cuff inlay may (if you're the type to notice things) enhance feedback.

The lower shell plastic is relatively easy to form, but does not 'bounce back' as readily as typical polyurethane.

The latter being relevant if you need to punch for hot spots. (The last is fairly narrow).

Previous versions could be skied with or without two different tongue configurations.

 

Am wondering if the location of the Boa winder on the most recent models will be problematic for 'more aggressive' riders?

 

 

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I’m thinking of trying these as a replacement for soft boots. I would either buy used or wait for summer sales. In the meantime I’m trying to figure out whether I want carbon or the regular kind. 

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