Spy Shot: Salomon World Cup X-LAB boot Kit
This is a new shell built around the new pivot; the flex is smooth & progressive - new ultra thin buckles avoid the pressure points & flex interruptions.
I am not able to compare to prior, as I've not skied a Salomon in years. I've been a long term Dobermann skier until Salomon approached about a week ago. FWIW, the overlap appears to work / wrap greater at the ankle for me. The hill will tell!
Take a look at my instep in the pic, snugger than the Dobie in the instep & ankle. I attribute this to a better wrap. I've got uber high insteps & I'm sure it will work out. The buckles also create almost zero pressure points due to the flexibility. This helps the closure as well.
Otherwise, slightly more toe room on the lateral aspect. Really appreciate that this boots lower buckles can be moved. Many dont offer this.
The slope was skied off, solid ice yesterday - worse than injectable snow & they held an edge securely. I was really pleased that my toes had some space while the instep to cuff was supper snug. Only was to get em on is slipper style & even w that I struggled a bit (well, quite a bit- perhaps they should come w a heated bag).
As the trend is more toward lateral skiing, these made my stiff racers feel perfectly handled. They completely overpowered my 100mm big mtn skis. The oversize pivot is noticeably more stable & felt as if the firmed up the boot to a degree.
Biggest difference is the degree of overlap directly infront of the ankle. I'd say this holds true vs Lange, Rossi, Tecnica, or Dobie- lot of plastic to drive the ski, yet conforms to your anatomy.
I was pleased w the power strap as an oversized version & that is saying a lot as I never ski without a 2" Booster Strap. That would be quite epic & may make way onto the boot.
It did require serous work to de-boot. Not as bad as older plugs that required a spreader, yet damn close.
Also of note is the variable thickness walls. This construction appears more advanced than others where the shells are basically same throughout. Helps the feel & lightness fwiw- may be while I think it wraps / overlaps better.
Stock - no punches
3mm lifters / planed
Rear spoiler mounted
Buckles unmoved - yet I like how lowers can varry.
The liner is a rather thin leather variant. You may heat up & stretch - yet not in the way you're probably thinking of a foam or Comformable.
Salomon was rather gracious & agreed to supply myself gear this season, including the black box stuff like these boots. I couldn't pass up thier WC stock puppies!
Same with mine (overlap). My set up is some minor shell work, 8 mm lifters (planed the tops of the lugs with a dremel), very thin socks, stock liner (has laces), rear spoiler in, and no lateral cant due to my near perfect alignment...
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Blast from past, but looking at these boots. Which Dobie last were you in? WC or Pro? I'm looking for something with a lower instep and snugger wrap of my ankle than the Dobie WC. Wouldn't mind an extra mm or two for my toes, but the main thing is my lower shin/ankle area just doesn't seem to get wrapped that well anymore after 14ish years in Dobie WC's so I'm on the hunt for something new...