Color: Black/White/Transcend Blue
- Shell Material: [shell] Grilamid, [cuff and spine] carbon
- Last Width: 98mm
- Buckles: 2
- Walk Mode: yes (75-degree fore/aft, 35-degree lateral)
- Liner: My CustomFit
Details: Developed in conjunction with Arc'teryx's revolutionary Procline, the Salomon X-Alp Explore Ski Boot is breaking trail in the backcountry world. The most forgiving boot in the X-Alp series, these ultralight kicks aren't just for the uber-extreme skimo racers--they make a serious argument for aggressive recreationalists looking to push their limits in the alpine. It's hard to compete with the X-Alp's 3D cuff rotation--75 degrees fore and aft and 35 degrees laterally give you the natural and efficient feel of a hiking boot while you're powering through arduous approaches or maneuvering tricky kick turns. The waterproof gaiter keeps snow out of your boots while you're breaking trail after a storm, and the Contragrip rubber soles give you traction and security while you're traversing icy, wind-blasted ridges. These boots shine on techy climbs and ominous traverses, but that's not to say they don't retain Salomon-worthy downhill performance when it's time to rip skins. With a carbon-reinforced Grilamid shell, the X-Alp offers solid power transmission on the descent, so you can confidently rip the hell out of that massive line you put your blood, sweat, and tears into.