Dear splitboarding fellows,
due to some recent interest, I want to give you an overview on how I modded my Atomic Backland to improve its riding qualities for AT splitboarding. Out of the box, the Backland rides quite well , but you can improve the downhill performance step by step. In principle, I tried to apply the mods to the Backland which are known to improve the Dynafit TLT6 as my wide feet do not fit any Dynafit boot.. The good thing about the Backlands: basically everything is attached with regular screws instead of rivets, making it very easy to play around with the boot’s possibilities. My mods are quite extensive and irreversible, but the Phantom team is working on this issue.
The first important step was to cut down the lower (blue) shell about 2-3 cm and slitting the shell with a drilled hole at the end to prevent crack propagation. Regarding the highback, I also cut it down about 3 cm. The lever attachment was moved to a more upright position and I used a longer screw to attach the velcro strap with the upper screw.
So far, this worked out quite well and I felt I did not even need the upper buckle, so I completely removed it. The only drawback of the current mod was some heel movement both while riding and skinning. A good way of dealing with that was supposed to move the lower buckle as well as the attachment point on the inner side of the boot towards the pivot points. For the TLT6, Phantom Splitboard bindings offer a special mod kit: http://www.phantomsnow.com/shop/boot-mod-kit
I ordered a longer cable with a proper attachment point in a sailing shop, 1 mm diameter with an extra 1 mm PVC cover could be recommended. I used a 2mm cable with an extra 1 mm of PVC cover which I removed on the critical points, and it also worked out. Adjusted in length and attached to the buckle loop by threading the cable through the hole of the original cable and using a metal crimp on its end, the lower buckle system improves the hold of your feet inside of the boot.
In the end, it rides really well so far. The only thing missing now is the upcoming Phantom LINK lever. I am really excited to give it a try, lets see if I reattach the upper buckle. I will update this blog post and let you know.
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Introducing the Phantom LINK for the Atomic Backlands🤘🤘🤘 • Designed for #splitboarding, the LINK is a dual suspension tour/ride mode lever that swaps in easily for the stock lever on any @atomicski Backland boot. Provides forward lean adjustment from 6 to 26 degrees as well as increased forward (toe side) flex via a spring with ~1/2” of travel and backward (heel side) damping via a rubber shock with ~1/8” of travel. • Adds a mere ~25g to existing boot weight, per boot. • We will be releasing a limited production this year (expected delivery mid-March 2019) and are looking to get them into the hands of Phantom riders who will be charging hard through the spring and summer, so as to help us dial it in for a bulk build for next season. • Price will be $200/set, which we realize is expensive but necessary due to the cost of running a limited production. We hope to bring the cost down for next season and have them in stock with next year’s bindings come fall. • Design is patent-pending. • email@example.com to join the waitlist. #phantomsnow x #atomicbackland #phantomlink #gamechanger #splittechistheanswer #jointherevolution✊
Feel free to leave some comments or contact me on Instagram (@conathanjumpman) if you have any questions. See you in the backcountry!