Here's a first look at what's new with Atomic. Most of the material is from Atomic or from the company providing the new BOA technology.
Atomic Racing Boots
Nordic manufacturers have traditionally offered their top of the line race boots in just one width. To make sure the boots provided a good secure fit for the lateral demands of skating, race boots have only been available in different variations of narrow. Athletes with feet slightly wider than average found themselves buying the number 2 boot in a line in order to have a comfortable fit.
Atomic is changing all of that for this coming winter. The top of the line skate and classic boots offered by Atomic will be available with two different widths.
The Worldcup Skate and Race Carbon Skate are identical boots. Both use the same high end Pilot 2 Carbon Pro sole and both have the same uppers that incorporate carbon stabilizers. The boots are only different in their widths. The same is true of the Worldcup Classic and Race Carbon Classic boots. Both classic boots have the same soles and uppers, they are only separated by the volume of their fits.
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|World Cup Skate ski boot||Race Carbon Skate ski boot|
Sport Active boots
Just below the race line, Atomic is offering a skate and classic boot based on BOA technology. BOA is a Colorado based company that offers the highest level of athletic boot and shoe fitting technology. This system uses a ratchet that controls a series of cables. These cables connect to the bottom of a soft rubber like plate that fits above the foot. It is the plate, not the cables, that goes over the foot. Turning the ratchet tightens the cables which pulls the plate over the foot. The end result is a secure fit that is far more comfortable and secure than the fit that comes with lacing. The plate can provide a snug fit without any pressure points that makes for great combination of comfort and performance.
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According to Atomic, tightening or loosening the BOA boots only takes a couple of seconds. Gloves do not need to be removed and poles can be left on.
|BOA Skate ski boot||BOA Classic ski boot|
Most nordic skiers spend too much time obsessing about ski fit, and not enough time caring about boot fit. There is no question that having skis of the right flex should be an important priority. However, Atomic believes it is a huge mistake on the part of many skiers to place such little concern on boot fit. The ski won’t perform if the boot isn’t properly transferring energy. The skiers themselves won’t perform if their feet are sore and uncomfortable.
Wiht the BOA Skate and BOA Classic boots, Atomic has taken a step that is common with footwear manufacturers in running, cycling and other endurance sports. The athletes’ feet are held securely in their shoes with no slop, while maintaining genuine comfort.