Salomon X Lab 130

Model Year
2015-16
Category
Frontside
Last Width
95
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$950.00USD

Wow! The tightest of the tight with a power band to match, testers said. This was the narrowest and most true race boot of the Technical Frontside bunch, and as such came with a set of fit challenges to be expected of a real gate crushing machine. It's stiff and snug throughout, with a race-typical thin liner designed not for creature comfort but for maximum transmission of energy and movement from body to boards. Testers cried a bit for their bony prominences and virtually all mentioned needing to send this one to the bootfitters bench for the usual plug-boot prep grinds and stretches in order to begin approaching all day tolerances.

Given that the Technical Frontside category is not a race boot group but rather a tuned-down, "gentlemen's class" piste pounding sort, the X Lab 130 was a little raw compared to the other 97 and 98mm entries there that seemed downright cozy off the rack by comparison. But on the other hand, this baby skis like a weapon. Set up slightly upright and out (bowlegged), aggressive moves forward and to the inside produced early and strong edge engagement without compare. Power was on demand and unlimited, testers said, but tapping it required a strong, skilled pilot willing to commit.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-28.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow

Kudos

  • “Snug, snug, snug. Good skiing boot. ” -- Scott Blackwell
  • “Its a machine. Power to spare and tons of support. ” -- Greg Coulter
  • “Great neutral stance. Even flex, put down the hammer and go!” -- Greg Phillips
  • “Tight but alright! This boot is a powerhouse, inspires dynamic movement. ” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “Strongly connected to the ski. It is a direct drive system, no play in the steering wheel.” -- Bob Gleason

Caveats

This boot available at...

Telluride, CO
Avon, CO
Stowe, VT
Westwood, NJ
Golden, CO
Warren, VT
Sandpoint, ID
Telluride, CO

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