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Salomon X-ALP EXPLORE Touring Boots

Big brother Salomon helped Arc'teryx get their idea off the ground last year, but now big bro is running with it. The X-Alp series boots have three dimensional mobility in the cuff during walk mode. This is game changer in very technical terrain as well as comfort for the very casual tour. The Explore is the more forgiving of the two models, both in stiffness and on the wallet.

The 3D walk mode is achieved with a split cuff that gives 23 degrees of outward motion and 12 inwards. A more mobile ankle allows more precise footholds while the skis are on the back in technical terrain and more range of motion to nail a tricky kickturn. The idea is to be more like a shoe on the uphill and still achieve Salomon worthy performance on the down.

We think the Explore model should be checked out by more than just the techy ski mountaineer. An ice mission in a remote snow field may provide a reason for a climber to take thise as their only shoe. The hard-booting split boarder that is missing that shoe like feel of a snowboard boot for the walking part of things should give these a look. Come try on the X-Alp range of motion and decide if that 3D articulation is right for you!

 

Specs Product Details
Weight 1290g (26.5)
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.

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William Mckinzie
Ultralight and comfortable

Great on the uphill, particularly on big days (like 4,000’ vertical days). Take getting used to on the downhill coming from full alpine boots, but with a little experience their light weight can become an advantage, especially in glades. I highly recommend them.