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Salomon S/LAB X-ALP

The dirty little secret in the Amer Sports conglomerate is that Salomon built the Arc'teryx Procline boot, and contributed heavily in its design as well. The sporting mad-scientists up in Vancouver certainly were the conceptual drivers, and the concept here has revolutionary potential. New for winter 17/18 are the black and improved Salmon X Alp boots. The S/Lab model is 100 grams lighter then the Explore model despite having a beefier, cam-locking, 50mm booster strap, thanks to a carbon-for-plastic substitution in the cuff. The big strap and carbon spine will provide improved precision and power on the down.

The lateral release is a game changer for ski mountaineers, particularly those who frequent mixed rock or ice climbs in their ascents. Lateral release is essentially that when the boot is in walk mode, the ankle can bend inwards and outwards as well as fore and aft. With a 35 degree lateral articulation range (23 out/12 in), the X Alp boots are bridging the gap even further between high performance ski gear and naturally moving climbing boots. 

Don't sleep on the fact that this is a Salomon ski boot. Sure there may be climbers headed for remote ice that may take only this shoe, but this thing can ski. You won't be driving a resort powder board in these babies, but there is more than enough stiffness to ski that new S/Lab X Alp ski  or something comparable on a steep and remote piece of snow somewhere. We appreciate the fact that Salomon didn't attempt to tag these with a flex number, since flex is an arbitrary number that can be more madening than helpful. Come try on the S/Lab X Alp boot and see if 360 degree articulation in a boot under 1200 grams is what your feet, ankles, lungs have been begging for.

Specs Product Details
Weight 1150g (27.5)
Flex N/A
Last Width 98mm
Material Grilamid, Carbon
Forward Lean 14 degrees
Cuff Articulation 75 degrees (35 lateral)
Sole Winter Contagrip
Buckles 2 Buckle with Power strap
Binding Compatibility Tech, AT
Manufactuer Warranty 2 Years

Is renting right for you?

Rentals are a great way to lower the cost for your first time trying the sport and narrowing down what you are looking for. We rent both super light fitness setups for resort uphilling as well as all mountain skis better for backcountry and soft snow.

There are a few limitations of renting. Most importantly the demands on your feet for walking uphill in a hard plastic require a level of boot fitting and customization that is impossible to get in rental boot. This could set you up for some discomfort. There are too many models of skis out there to try them all, so demoing to buy has become impossible. In the end, once you are hooked for the sport, working with our backcountry experts will be the most efficient and least expensive way to get dialed in the perfect setup for you.


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
James Nicholls
Fantastic lightweight boot

Fantastic boot with great flexibility in walk mode, but stiff enough to enjoy the downhill. Will need to get a gaiter for longer trips in very cold weather.

Michael Wirth
North Maroon for the First Use

For my first use with the S/Lab X-Alp, I took them up the north face of North Maroon and the day after up South Maroon with a descent of the East Face to the Bell Chord. These boots were amazing with skinning, bootpacking, scrambling, and skiing down. At no point did I feel these boots would compromise my speed on the uphill, control on the climbs, and capacity to descend with critical jump turns.

What a stellar couple days to break in your new S/Lab X-Alp boots! Glad to hear you're impressed with the boots. I have a set myself and share similar sentiments as you regarding their uphill and downhill performance - they are definitely an amazing tool for light + fast touring and ski mountaineering missions.