Salomon S/Pro Alpha 130 EL

Model Year
2023-2024
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
98
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$800.00USD

The Salomon S/Pro Alpha 130 EL impressed our test team even more than last year with its nearly flawless combination of narrow class fit and no-compromises downhill performance. Testers scored it well enough for a tied first place finish in the most competitive All-Mountain narrow category and said pithy things like: The ski reacts with subservience to this boot.

We tested the Alpha last year when it was first released, and our love for it was not a fluke, as evidenced by this year's second look and testers' sophomore love fest. What our testers loved this time around echoed their first--a classically Salomon liner feel mated to a powerhouse of a boot without performance flaws.

The fit is shockingly soft and smooth against the sock, from first slide-in to taking it off at the end of the day, testers said. And yet this silky, well padded, anatomically draped and painted-on liner feel didn't equate to a constant re-buckle on pack-out. Testers said it managed to hold fast to the foot and remain consistently tight, while simultaneously caressing the foot. In a boot fit brain tease, our testers were forced to confront the fact that they were calling this boot TIGHT (in all caps) while at the same time calling it COMFY (yes, caps again). There were no mentions of hot spots about the S/Pro Alpha 130 EL. There were multiple mentions of how well the Alpha contoured over the top of the foot and transitioned through the instep and into the boot throat, then on up the leg shaft against the shin. This midfoot to shin transition is one of the best our team's ever felt in a narrow, 130-flex boot. It's snug but somehow ideally shaped for a variety of different insteps and shins. For skiers with chronic instep and shin issues this boot is a must-try-on, according to our testers.

Somehow such comfort didn't deduct from the S/Pro Alpha 130's power on edge, which was given a perfect 5.00 after eleven testers each had their way with it. It's quickness score received a 4.89, so that didn't suck much either. Testers noted that the lateral stance is ever so slightly inside-edgy, which translated into massive trenching power but made for a slightly hooky or locked-up feel in soft snow slithers. These picky testers said it was within the range of an easy cuff adjustment using the eliptical, metal-to-metal adjustment mechanism. Testers say the stance is a touch upright, with a slightly lower-than-average internal ramp angle feel, which leveraged big power to the shovel once a skier made the move forward, but they caution that less assertive skiers will need to get on their A-game to stay out in front of this boot when it's time to go.

Testers dig the bootfitter-centric features, like the moldable Talyn liner tongue and fully dismantleable (totally takeapartable?) buckle and cuff attachment hardware, and they appreciate the placement of the instep buckle closer to the actual instep and with additional adjustment on that location. The 50mm cam buckle power strap does the job for our testers. And the blue? Well, we suppose nothing's perfect. No offense, Smurfs.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.0-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
120, 110, 100
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
4.80
Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.89
Dynamic Balance 
4.33
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
5.00
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
4.89
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.89
Tech Compatible 
No

Kudos

  • “Well played B-width boot--finely-tuned moderately thin fit. Very secure heel cup with well-formed shape for the high points around the ankle--contours well-mapped to match the nuances of foot shape. The carving power and drive is substantial--these will make the mountain bleed!” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Handled everything I had to throw at it, and high speeds are def no problem. Tight but no pressure points. One of the better boots at the test.” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Tight and right! Narrow feet will love this snug hug. Great fit and skis strong.” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “TIGHT and compressive everywhere--wow! Every available space was filled by my foot...in a good way. Really cool liner. Looks like it's easily workable. Performs as designed, and simply hits all the marks. Power, precision, sensitivity. It's a fierce boot. ” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Pretty cush-feeling liner. Soft and fuzzy but nicely grips my foot. Excellent control with comfort for precise skiing--lightweight and responsive.” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “All day comfort paired with awesome performance.” -- Erik Korman
  • “Still an impressive boot! I love the flex feel. The tongue fit and the instep transition is fantastic--just enough padding to make it work for the narrow foot. The stance is still noticeably upright and feels a little low-ramped in the bootboard.” -- Mark Elling
  • “Warm and comfy LV boot!” -- Christian Sigvartsen

Caveats

  • “Not for casual use at all. ” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Too strong of a cuff cant and sole cant for dialed out-of-the-box balance.” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “The lateral stance is a little strong to the inside edge for an all-mountain application but it's minor, easily remedied with a cuff adjustment.” -- Mark Elling

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