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2013 Salomon X Max 120


Pros: nice fit right out of the shop

Cons: non yet

bought a pair of these today. Have wide feet and my old technica ventos had gotten stomped out. Went a whole size smaller. The heat molding the shell is crazy. While they cool down they continue to feel better. Got some wide skis and having toes flopping around was not good.  My skis felt shorter because i gained a ton of control. put off buying boots for 3 years because i was not psyched with break in but these feel broken in already. glad i waited for these. go to a ski shop and get them fit. it would a travesty to not bake these and mold them. 


Pros: Light quick - no leaking - comfortable right away

Cons: toe and heel pieces wear quickly

Got these boots at the end of the season last year.  The custom fitting really cuts down on the breaking time by end of day one the boots felt like I had them for a much longer.  I normally size down my boots and I definitely recommend that with these boots. If you get them to big I think you will lose a good bit of performance.  Luckily you are easily able to do this because of the custom fitting.  I need a wide toe box to size down so we used a toe cap while heating.  I also have a that bone that sticks up on the top your foot and we were able to put some padding that area to stretch it a bit as well which really has made these boot extremely comfortable.  Usually it takes me several weeks and tweaks to get my boots to fit comfortably and have good performance but with these day one was like day 5 or 6 in the boots.  And consdiering I don't ski as much as I used to 5 - 6 days of not breaking in and no tweaking was a blessing.  They don't seem like 120 flex but all manufactures are different in how they measure and I like a little softer boot now than I used to. Plus I really haven't notice it in to many situations.  But the I did notice the toe and heal pieces wear very quickly so you might want to pick up and extra pair.   Also I left them buckled in storage this summer and putting them on for the first time this season was tough but once they were on the fit like a glove again.


Pros: Responsive, even flex, great fit

Cons: No replaceable heel and toe pieces on 130

This is for the X-Max 130, which is the same shell as the 120 with only slight differences. The 130 hardware is all replaceable (allens, etc.), some of the 120 hardware is riveted.


The 130’s have the top-of-the-line liner, the 120’s have the next step down. Other than the name on the liner cuff they physically appear the same and both are heat moldable. Obviously designed for performance over warmth, this is an outstanding factory liner and could not be considered a negative unless you have a leaking problem.


If there is the tinniest amount of leaking it is scarcely detectable, at the end of the day maybe just a bit more than normal moisture. Didn’t over tighten the buckles when heat molding. Contributing factors are likely keeping bottom two buckles barely latched and afternoon spring like conditions with snow melting on the boots between runs. 


The 120/130 boots have a low heel set with a modern neutral stance. The 130’s come with shims to increase ramp as well as forward and back shims to customize stance and flexibility. When heat molding the 120/130’s Salomon recommends throwing some forward flex moves. Being very aggressive will stretch the lower cuff, then adding the back cuff shims will result in a more aggressive forward stance. Not needed in my case.


The 130’s do not have the replaceable heel and toe pieces, just good (bad) old fashioned slide-slippin’ solid soles. The replaceable pieces on the 120 are about half the thickness of previous model Salomons, still wish the 130’s had them.


These boots stiffen up way more than imaginable in the store, but the fit remains great. Like many 4 buckle boots they are a bit of a struggle on and off, a heated boot bag solves the on. The X-Max 130 is quick and responsive, not sure if it is the hype over the large pivots and twin frame technology or just a nice design with a good flex pattern in a light 4 buckle boot. I’d buy them again.


Pros: Fit

Cons: Durability

I've now skied 15 days on my Salmon XMax 120's.  I love the fit.  They're comfortable and I like their consistent flex which seems nicely distributed and progressive.  The boots seem quick, relatively light and nicely supportive.  However, my list of negatives likely outweighs my list of positives.  Perhaps the heat molding caused the problem, but they leak! An unusual amount of water gets into the boot through the front of the shell.  More importantly, they just don't seem to perform as well as expected. They certainly flex lighter than a 120 and, for me, they simply do not have a sufficiently aggressive stance out of the box.  I believe there may be a shim setup that can be inserted into the back cuff to provide a more aggressive forward stance...I likely need to get it.  I'm also disappointed with the boot's durability.  I'm thankful that the heel and toe plates are replaceable because it looks like they'll need to be replaced at least once every year.  I have been VERY careful not to drag my feet or abuse the bottoms of these boots while walking to the lift...really, I've been anal about it!  Nevertheless, my heel plates are significantly worn and both the toe and heel plates are starting to get in bad shape.  The plates are MUCH too thin and seem to be constructed of a cheap, soft plastic.  My shop wants $45 to get a replacement set :( Clearly, buyers should purchase snap-on sole protectors while purchasing the boots.  Although adequate, the buckles do not operate smoothly.  Finally, I've been a bit startled by how deeply my ski edges have gouged the sides of these boots.  I am notoriously hard on the sides of my boots...maybe because I love moguls.  But, of all the boots I've owned, these appear to be gouging more than any other pair.  If I were to do it again, I'd better investigate the Salomon Quest 120's (more durable?) and/or the XMax 130's (more aggressive?).    ***NOTE: AFTER WRITING THIS REVIEW, SALOMON REPLACED MY BOOTS UNDER WARRANTY...GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!


Pros: Fit, fit and better fit - smooth flex

Cons: N/A

I coach Mtn Sports Team kids at Crested Butte, CO and wouldn't be able to do it without these boots. I found the Salomon Falcon CS Pro three years ago and never looked back. This is a 40 yr old who skis 120 +/- days per year with ridiculously flat feet and severe pronation. I shouldn't be able to ski - at least not in plastic boots. I used to be one of those guys that would spit out of the goods back onto the groomies desperate to unbuckle the bottom two, and then I'd be standing on one foot and then the other in the maze trying to work through the foot cramps. For the last three winters Salomon's Custom Shell technology has been a miracle for me and I'd recommend these boots for any foot type. Around here we refer to skis as boot protectors and the X Max 120 is a hard-charging chassis that is worth protecting. The smooth progressive flex of the 120 spec is perfect for me at 5-10 / 165-70 whether slashing big turns in the steeps, bootin air in the park or surfin big powder skis through the bumps.The fine details haven't been overlooked. Aside from the fit, one of my favorite details of the boot is the ability to adjust the position of the #2 buckle over the instep. My flat feet mean a really low instep so I move that buckle down and back to get really good purchase & control. Take a few minutes to let your Salomon bootfitter get these dialed in for you and ooh-la-la! You'll stoked, cozy and performance-driven for millions of turns to come.



Pros: Fits beautifully, Easy moulding, Very well built, Look amazing

Cons: Less stiff than 120

This is my first pair of ski boots, I went to my boot-fitter expecting to pay much less but after trying these boots I HAD to have them. They fit my foot so incredibly well and felt like I was wearing a pair of familiar shoes - this was before even getting the boots moulded or custom inserts made. After this they just hugged every part of my foot and felt phenomenal.


Yet to ski the boots yet though. 

2013 Salomon X Max 120

High performance race boot incoproating Twinframe technology to combine superior transmision and power with unmatched foot wrapping for maximum on-piste performance, in a customizable shell

Shell MaterialPU
Liner MaterialMy CustomFit Race liner + 2 loops
Thermo-moldable Linerno
Number of Buckles4
Micro AdjustableYes
Binding CompatibilityDin
Recommended LevelExpert
Model Year2013
Flex Rating120
Last (mm)98-104
ShellCustom Mold
Cuffrigid cuff
Replaceable solesNone
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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