Salomon made waves last year when they launched the MTN boots series. With the S/Lab and Explore, Salomon helped to push the boundaries with what is possible in a touring boot. These boots are designed to feel like an alpine boot on the descent, something Salmon know a thing or two about, while having a weight and range of motion worthy of backcountry adventure days. Mission accomplished.
The MTN Explore is the more walking friendly version of the two models, coming in 100 grams lighter and with 16 degrees more range of motion than the S/Lab. A full rubber walking sole, simple Surewalk walk/ski buckle, and two buckle system make the Explore really simple to tour in. Another differentiation that we have made from the S/Lab, is that you can ski a smaller ski or make more precise turns at lower speeds. Where the S/Lab is meant for skiing at high speed, stomping cliffs or skiing a lot in bounds, the Explore gives the skier more feel for the ski throughout the turn in various conditions and turn shapes.
Doug put both models through the wringer last year and put together a thorough review, click below to get his take.
|Material||Grilamid lower, PolyPropylene Upper|
|Forward Lean||13.5 degrees|
|Cuff Articulation||63 degrees|
|Buckles||2 Buckle with Power strap|
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, AT, Alpine|
|Manufactuer Warranty||2 years|