Salomon Shift Pro 110 W Alpine Touring Boots
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The Salomon Shift Pro 110 W is the feminine-oriented equivalent to the slightly more stiff, slightly more green Shift Pro 130. If you're looking for a boot that can handle large amounts of resort shredding, uphill slogging, and other ski-related, energy-exerting endeavors - this is the boot for you. Its four buckles, tall cuff, and full TPU construction are all key features to let you know that these boots have attitude (the sendy, sassy kind). The MTN Explore W was formerly the premier ladies' free-touring boot for Salomon. In comparison, the Shift Pro 110 W provides an even stiffer flex profile (110 compared to the MTN's 90), two added buckles (now with a traditional alpine-style, four buckle setup), a more substantial cuff strap, and replaceable rubber soles (nice touch to improve boot durability). These added features place the Shift Pro 110 W ~150g heavier than the S/Lab MTN - not too bad for a significant increase in downhill skiability and overall durability.
The Shift Pro 110 shell is modeled after its high-performance on-piste sister (S/Pro 90 W). An added internal walk mechanism (the same technology as the MTN Explore W walk mech) provides a very similar range of motion to the MTN Explore W. Is the Shift Pro 110 W a beautiful harmony of S/Pro skiability and MTN Explore uphill prowess? It looks like it! This boot is just as comfortable spinning laps on the resort as it is breaking trail in the backcountry. This boot provides uncompromised downhill skiing performance in exchange for a little bit of added [training] weight. If you're looking for a ski boot to trust when the going gets fast/tough, then choose the Salomon Shift Pro 110 W.