Designed to crush Alaskan-style lines and gut-wrenching steeps, the Salomon Men's Malamute Snowboard Boot offers a super-stiff flex for dissecting technical terrain and serious no-fall zones. Salomon's signature PowerLock Pro Lacing delivers a powerful, quick-lacing solution for riding anything the mountain throws your way. Reinforced Power Frame Panels enhance flex retention over the course of the season, allowing you to ride these puppies 100 days-plus without them turning into lifeless noodles.
Additionally, you'll find removable Energizer Bars inside the boot's shell that customize the boot's flex intensity to better suit your riding style. The Platinum 4D liner utilizes Full Custom Fit Pro heat-moldable, multi-density foam for just the right fit, as well as removable Ankle Guards for enhanced heel hold. There's also an Integrated Heel Strap that locks the liner to the boot's shell for extra response when you're charging at high speeds. Add in a circulation-enhancing Ortholite C3 footbed for unrelenting comfort, and a high-traction Hike sole for a boot that's ready to shred the steep and deep with effortless precision.
- Stiff, highly-responsive boot for backcountry lines
- PowerLock lacing system quickly secures your foot
- Platinum 4D liner locks in comfort and support
- Power Frame and Energizer Bars offer flex where you need it
- Grippy outsole provides traction and comfort in tight spots
- Ortholite footbed uses dual-density foam for impact protection
- Washable liner keeps the funk at bay
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- Q & A
Solid boot, but it could be improved on
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I totally love how this boot rides, and how the fit feels, but there are some flaws in design holding it back.
I sized down 1/2 size, as I usually do with snowboard boots. The fit feels great, and the heat moldable liners are super comfy. This being said, there is a thick nylon seam running down the back of the heel on the outside of the liner. The seam has caused me some significant comfort problems, generating crazy hot spots and occasionally, spikes of severe heel pain. I believe that when the seam is forced into the shell of the boot on hard toe side turns, it is creating a major pressure point. It seems to be only on firm snow, and on the toe side edge- where you'd be forcing your heel against the back of the boot. I've had to call it quits early a few times because of it, and I went ahead and cut the seam out. This seems to have solved the problem.
The other major issue I have with the boot is durability. I've had the boot for less than a year. I got it in April of 2016, and by the end of December 2016, the shell has had major wear spots. The wear spots are where the high back hits the heel of the boot, and where the boot sits in the binding , on the inside and outside of your heel. The damage on the back of the heel is so severe, it has almost cut through the shell of the boot! It would be one thing if I got a full season of riding out of it, but 2.5 months of riding with summer in between really seems like it wore out prematurely. There is no wear on the sole.
The ride is awesome, the fit is ok, but they won't hold up as a daily driver. Usually I can get 2 seasons out of a boot, but this seems like it will be toast after a season.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been riding Malamutes for about 10 years, and that first pair finally started wearing out. They're still going strong, but they're getting softer and one of the boot tongues separated from the liner. The 2016 Malamutes look just as well built, and are very stiff. I ride bigger boards (180cm +) and need a boot that is stiff enough to drive the board, and flexible enough to allow for good range of motion.
Worksmanship: Very good. Everything feels beefy and solid.
Flex: Very stiff. At first I felt like I was riding in plastic boots again, but taking out the liner stiffeners made it perfect. I'll put the stiffeners back in when the boots soften up a bit. I used the boots both for carving a 192cm board on groomers, and for driving a powder board in tight trees on powder days, and the boots performed well.
Fit: The new liner lacing locking system is neat and keeps the laces tight throughout the day. Even with the cross-the-foot strap my heel isn't perfectly locked into place, but it's close. Laces on the outer boot are super long, and I plan to trim them down as to avoid extra cordage hanging around.
On the overall, I'm very pleased with the new Malamutes and would recommend them. Although I only had them out four so far, I'm treating them as an upgrade of the previous boots I've ridden for 10 years now...
Excelent boots for riding, worse custome
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought boots in 2015.
Just want to say that boots is perfect for riding, but at 18th day of using my lacing system is broken (sure lock thing). And nobody from salomon.com answer me for solving my problem.
On the photo you can see missed red thing from left side which should hold laces in sure lock thing.
P.S. I would put the maximum rating if not for the unfortunate case with lacing system and Customer Service from Salomon.