Salomon X Max 130

Model Year
2016-17
Category
Frontside
Last Width
98 - 104
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$850.00USD

The Gist

A perennial frontside powerhouse. It matches strong fit with an agile feel underfoot to create a nice blend of edge grip and quickness that technical skiers will appreciate. The X Max 130 continued to impress testers with its lively, active flex and lightweight underfoot feel.

Fit

Particularly snug along the lower leg shaft where the cuff meets the instep. The X Max 130 grabs the skinny-legged like no other and provides an ultra-snug grip on the ankles. Slightly more open than some others in the category through the forefoot and toebox, the X Max 130 allows the foot to find balance on the ski for targeted big toe-to-little toe transitions.

Many testers thought the stock ankle pocket fit was particularly tight (ouch!) and a few felt that restricted their steering movements a bit. Those who underwent the Custom Shell molding process reported that the aggressive ankle fit evened-out and allowed for better ski feel without completely bagging-out the fit elsewhere.

Performance

Testers loved the muscular feel of how the X Max 130 moves to the inside edge; it’s strong laterally and the tallish cuff helps leverage heaps of power throughout the turn. Taller, slender legged skiers are the best match with this stove-pipey cuff; some shorter testers had a harder time steering their shortest radius turns. Custom Shell molding had a positive performance benefit for testers who wanted more ankle freedom and for those who preferred a slightly more neutral (less inside edge bias) lateral stance set up.

Cool Features

The 20-minute Custom Shell process is great for general fit enhancement and skiers who find the overall fit just slightly too tight. Don't expect big shape changes in specific spots; better to have your bootfitter do traditional shell stretch work to accommodate bunions and spurs.  But Custom Shell indeed mellows the tight spots and makes subtle stance changes that can fine-tune the feel on snow.

Stance-focused testers still gripe about the X Max's lack of upper cuff adjustment mechanisms—the Oversize Pivot anchor points are just that, attachments. If you’ve got severe cuff adjustment needs this may not be the boot for you. The My CustomFit 3D Lab liner has awesome ankle and heel pocket shape right out of the box and both tongue and calf pull loops. Testers continue to say “meh” when asked about the yellow-dominant pastel cosmetics.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-29.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
X Max 120 $725, X Max 100 $600

Kudos

  • “For a frontside, hired-gun boot it's very wearable.” -- Mike Evans
  • “Sporty, snappy, light—consistently.” -- Jack Rafferty
  • “Thin liner feel puts you close to the shell. Moldable shell a plus.” --
  • “Stellar on snow performance—balance is athletic but not locked in.” -- Russ Jackson
  • “Inside edge power loads up the ski.” -- Joe Driscoll
  • “Ramp and fore-aft angles are money! Muscular inside edge—tip and rip.” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “The blend of firm forward flex and a solid spine delivers great performance.” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Aggressive yet agile, blending speed with precision.” -- Jeff Rich
  • “Great throttle response! Bring up the r.p.m. and let it rip or cruise with the family.” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “One of the best, snug fits over the instep and midfoot.” -- Greg Hoffmann
  • “Perfect balance, extremely powerful, agile and quick—comfortable for sure.” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Lightweight but with spinal integrity—steers easily.” -- Erik Korman

Caveats

  • “No lateral cuff adjustment.” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “Tight on the ankles and navicular—ew yellow.” -- Eric Goshay
  • “Restrictively tight around the ankles prior to molding.” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “Crushing over the midfoot bump.” -- Jim Morris
  • “Collapses on the high end of the power curve, and a little chilly.” -- Jack Rafferty

This boot available at...

Stowe, VT
Warren, VT
Newton, MA
Killington, VT
Westborough, MA
Wethersfield, CT

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