Salomon XWave 9


Pros: nice buckles, warm, lots of toe room

Cons: ankle comfort

I've had these boots for about 4 seasons now, so I guess I've got either 2004 or 2005 models.  It looks like they've gone through minor changes in that time, but essentially remain a good comfortable-right-out-of-the-box boot.  I tweaked the ankle area several times a season to remove pressure around the inside ankle area.  I do this by heating the boot with a hairdryer, lean forward to 'spread' the boot at the ankle, then let them cool.  Seems to work for awhile.  I've added a thicker sole insert to keep the fit as the liner has packed out; otherwise I'd run out of buckle since I have pretty skinny legs.

I had to get the boots worked on a number of times to remove the hot spots. They are now very comfortable and i can finally enjoy the performance.
Salomon XWave 9

Advanced skiers will love the performance-enhancing stiffness and comfort characteristics of the Salomon® do-anything XWave 9 ski boots! Features Salomon's Sport Last, providing both performance and comfort through its relatively high flex index and mid-volume fit Spaceframe technology optimizes balanced, ''two-footed'' skiing technique--whether on carving or fat skis--;for more fluid, controlled skiing Advanced chassis technology reduces weight and reinforces energy transmission for precise steering Bi-material cuffs use soft materials over the instep and the front of the cuff for ease of entry, excellent foot envelopment and progressive flex Microadjustable titanium buckles shave weight off the boot while providing performance-enhancing stiffness Double canting adjustments align the cuffs to lower leg shape; canting lock ensures zero transmission loss between cuff and shell My Customfit Performance liner, with two foam layers, conforms underfoot, around instep, toes, heel, Achilles and shin for firm, comfortable foothold Loop on tongue aids putting the boot on and taking it off

Binding Compatibility
Flex Rating
Last (mm)
Liner Material
Micro Adjustable
Model Year
Number of Buckles
Recommended Level
Replaceable soles
Shell Material
Thermo-moldable Liner
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC