Show no mercy.
Built on the same World Cup Shell chassis used in Salomon athletes' FIS-caliber boots, the Salomon Quest Max 130 Alpine Touring Boot takes the power and precision of a race boot into the backcountry. A burly 130 flex index and snug race-boot fit means these boots take no quarter on the downhill, but the Ride and Hike Technology ski/walk switch provides the cuff flexibility of much gentler boot when you're ready to hit the uphills.
With a flex of 130, there's no mistaking what the Quest Max 130 is all about: going fast, going big, and going again. The flex, combined with the burly power strap, gives the Quest Max enough backbone to punch it down the lines of your dreams, so you stand at the top of any terrain without wondering if you'll be able to make it down. For increased lateral stiffness and the edge-to-edge power necessary to drive big-mountain boards, Salomon joined the shell and cuff with its Oversized Pivot, which keeps lateral flex super stiff, so you can jump from your inside to outside edge with instant response and killer precision. That's all pretty much the same as its brother the Quest Pro, but Salomon gave the Quest Max a narrower 98mm for a snugger fit which, along with the World Cup Shell and Twinframe technology, gives it an even more bomber feel on the descent.
Salomon packed the Quest Max full of tricks, too, some big and some small. Perhaps the biggest is the 360° Custom Shell, a bi-material polyurethane beast that has heat-moldable panels to provide a perfectly tailored fit without any punching or grinding. The My Custom Fit 3D Race liner is also fully moldable, and works with the shell to perfectly mirror the contours of your feet to serve up killer comfort and unbeatable precision and power. All the buckles are micro-adjustable for near-perfect volume adjustment, and you can choose between three positions for the 3D adjustable instep buckle, so you can find the angle that pulls your heel most securely into the pocket.
The last thing the Quest Max has hidden up its sleeve is the Ride and Hike Technology ski/walk switch. A metal backbone runs up the spine of the boot and can be released into hike mode by flipping the switch into a raised position. This sets the cuff free from the shell, giving you enough ankle articulation and cuff movement to turn short tours and otherwise killer bootpacks into breezy jaunts, so you still have the juice to hammer big lines back down to the car. A rubberized sole takes the sketch out of slick and exposed rock scrambles, and a waterproof gusset forms a barrier between the overlapping shell panels to keep your feet dry when you're booting up or shredding pow on the way down.
- 360° Custom Shell made of bi-material polyurethane
- World Cup Shell design
- My Custom Fit 3D Race liner
- Ride & Hike Technology ski/walk mode
- Twinframe technology
- Waterproof PVC gusset
- Oversized Pivot
- Micro-adjustable magnesium buckles with 3D adjustable instep buckle
- Rubberized sole with interchangeable pads
- Item #SAL00L9
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
For my son, the ability to form the shell of an AT capable boot was the main selling point. Not the lightest, but getting a 130 Flex was what he wanted and he loves 'em.
Is this compatible with tech pin binding? If so, does this boot come with the tech pin soles as well?
The Quest Max 130 is compatible with Tech bindings if you get the Walk Soles Plus from Salomon. Check out the picture below. These soles work with the Quest Max, Quest Pro, X-Pro, Quest, Quest Access, Ghost Max, and Ghost boots. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
With the tech soles installed on these can I use my sth2's or are they only compatable with the warden binding? Any other companies make a compatable binding?
The STH2 is compatible with WTR and alpine soles. Looks like Salomon says the Walk Soles Plus are compatible with 9523 touring norm, WTR & MNC certified bindings, so you should be able to use these with your STH2s.
Basically, you have a TON of options for compatible bindings. Any WTR, tech, AT (9523) binding would work.
Bindings that are only compatible with Alpine DIN soles would not work so that is really your only limitation - but in that case you could just swap out the soles.