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I'm currently in a 26.5 Salomon Quest 120 (12/13) and prior to that a Quest 110 (10/11).

I've been happy with it, like the stance and the cuff height and it suits my foot shape good (very hard for me to get out of though, but I can live with that). But since I'm spending 90% of my skiing time these days on groomers and not really using the hike mode, I've been thinking about getting a more traditional 4-buckle boot, for the extra performance I envisage to get.

 

Question: Does a Salomon X-MAX 120 (or 130) in 26.5 have the same geometry? Any other suggestions to look at given that the aforementioned Quest is a good fit. Or is it a stupid idea, because there's not a lot of performance to gain?

 

cheers

 

EDIT: Changed to X-MAX -- realised that was the model I had in my mind and not the X-PRO


Edited by Karlsson - 1/27/16 at 4:14am
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Originally Posted by Karlsson View Post
 

I'm currently in a 26.5 Salomon Quest 120 (12/13) and prior to that a Quest 110 (10/11).

I've been happy with it, like the stance and the cuff height and it suits my foot shape good (very hard for me to get out of though, but I can live with that). But since I'm spending 90% of my skiing time these days on groomers and not really using the hike mode, I've been thinking about getting a more traditional 4-buckle boot, for the extra performance I envisage to get.

 

Question: Does a Salomon X-MAX 120 (or 130) in 26.5 have the same geometry? Any other suggestions to look at given that the aforementioned Quest is a good fit. Or is it a stupid idea, because there's not a lot of performance to gain?

 

cheers

 

EDIT: Changed to X-MAX -- realized that was the model I had in my mind and not the X-PRO

The X-Max starts out as a 98mm last in a 26.5 shell---just wondering, how wide are your feet in mm?

 

Place each foot on a piece of paper---stand a book up beside the widest part of both sides of your forefoot and mark where the boot edge against your foot sits on the paper.  Now measure between the marks to get a good read on foot  width.  If you should happen to have a narrower foot the X-Lab is a 95mm last.

 

The 4 buckle boot will ski markedly better than a boot with 3 buckles and a walk feature.

 

mike

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The X-Max starts out as a 98mm last in a 26.5 shell---just wondering, how wide are your feet in mm?

Place each foot on a piece of paper---stand a book up beside the widest part of both sides of your forefoot and mark where the boot edge against your foot sits on the paper.  Now measure between the marks to get a good read on foot  width.  If you should happen to have a narrower foot the X-Lab is a 95mm last.

The 4 buckle boot will ski markedly better than a boot with 3 buckles and a walk feature.

mike

101-102 mm wide, 264 mm long

Edit, a remeasure
Edited by Karlsson - 1/27/16 at 12:24pm
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http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

read through the above article and perform a "shell check" on any boot you might consider purchasing---keep in mind the maximum amount of free space you should have is 15mm.  A one foot long piece of  1/2 CPVC pipe is exactly 15mm outside diameter, pick up a piece at the local building supply store and take it with you to the ski shop, to correctly size the boots you try on.  Yes they will feel too short (ouch) but once they are heat molded and skied a couple of days they will "perform", and you will still be comfortable.  Salomon boots are very roomy in the toe box so you may be able to downsize the boots and still fit correctly.

 

I said all that because, I think a 26.5 would be too big for you.

 

mike

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26.5's are a little comfy.
When I do the shell test on my 26.5 Quest, I have exactly 15 mm when my big toe pushes against the front. Could probably downsize if I make a heat custumization or a punch here and there.
Edited by Karlsson - 1/27/16 at 1:09pm
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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post
 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

read through the above article and perform a "shell check" on any boot you might consider purchasing---keep in mind the maximum amount of free space you should have is 15mm.  A one foot long piece of  1/2 CPVC pipe is exactly 15mm outside diameter, pick up a piece at the local building supply store and take it with you to the ski shop, to correctly size the boots you try on.  Yes they will feel too short (ouch) but once they are heat molded and skied a couple of days they will "perform", and you will still be comfortable.  Salomon boots are very roomy in the toe box so you may be able to downsize the boots and still fit correctly.

 

I said all that because, I think a 26.5 would be too big for you.

 

mike

 

Follow up: Shell-checked a 25.5 and I had 2 mm room, so I went with the 26.5 (12 mm of room). The bootfitter let me ski them for half a day and see if I liked. I did and bought them. Not a night and day difference compared to the Quest 120 26.5, but still very noticable snugger fit and "control". Got a custom made footbed/sole as well. Also tried a few other brands and models (Head and Lange) and got reminded why I always liked Salomon. They just fit my feet very well.

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