Bode Merrill's choice for getting after it.
The Salomon F3.0 Snowboard Boot was the result of Bode Merrill demands for a low profile boot that's easy to wear and feels like a running shoe. And if you've ever seen Bode's one-footed antics, you probably guessed that he likes 'em light too (the lighter the boot the easier to kick them up). The intuitive Wrap Lock closure will make sense to anyone who has ever been frustrated with getting their boots to fit just right.
- Wrap Lock closure uses three Power Lock panels that provide a snug and secure wrap around your foot that closes like no other lacing system out there
- Durable toe cap gives the boot a finished look and adds durability
- Aero outsole takes technology from Salomon's knowledge of running shoes and places it in a shred boot with an end result that's low to the ground, light, and incredibly stable
- Self Gel foam delivers memory-foam-like comfort and a customized fit that comes with wearing the boot
- Fusion liner gives you a lower center of gravity for increased board feel and reduced bulk for a streamlined fit
- Conform'able pre-shaped footbed supports and stabilizes your foot, and distributes pressure evenly
- Easy-in system uses oversized fabric loops on both the liner and shell to make it easier than ever to get in and out of your boots
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Bought these to replace my 300+ day F22s and so far love them. They broke in after only a couple of days of riding and are very warm and comfortable. Occasionally the liner tongue will drop down a bit when I forget to pull it up before tightening and that results in a sharp pain across my ankle, but aside from that the boots fit great. In my experience, size down .5 from F22s. As I had expected when I bought them, the liners are not removable (just as with any boot in the Fusion line, not sure why Backcountry has it listed as removable), not even sure if they're heat moldable. Hard to see in the pictures, but the ankle and shin straps are tightened with a lace, while the bottom is a velcro closure. I haven't noticed any problems with the velcro not holding tight, and that isn't an area that normally gets loose for me, but I enjoy having the ankle strap to distribute pressure above and below the ankle instead of directly over it. The boots are great for all-mountain freestyle riding, though I keep the top strap a little looser than fully cranked to regain some flex. They're also extremely light boots, the only real weight comes from the sole.
I rode Salomon F22s and/or F20s for 5 years and had no major issues. These F3.0 boots are pretty stiff. I am an advanced rider averaging 100 days/season. After ~20 days on these boots, I had 2 separate durability issues, one on each boot.
On the first incident, I was pulling the loop for the outer laces tight and the laces popped in half, about 4 inches from my hand. To be more specific, it was right near the beefed up stitching at the end of the loop.
On the second incident and on the OTHER boot, the opposite end of the outer lacing system broke. At the lower-most attachment of the lace to the boot, the plastic piece completely cracked in half. I could also see a bit of adhesive where the plastic piece had been attached to the boot.
For $300, I expected them to last much longer than 20 days of riding.
Last, the lacing system is not very good. After the boots were broken in, the top "lock" of the lacing system would not hold very well. The lace would slip through a bit after a few runs (3-4) on the mountain, and I was left with a pretty loose boot until I stopped to tighten. On my F22s and F20s, I could go a whole day without ever having to tighten the laces.
I expected much more from this boot and not something that I have to tighten every 3 or 4 runs.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Love salomon boots. I had a pair of F22s for 5 seasons before these. The fusion liner is super comfortable. Boot overall is easy to get in/out of. The lace system can be readjusted on the fly very quickly. Only issue I had is that they were a little stiff out of the box. (first day i rode them the temp was -10F so def didn't help) second day they noticeably got softer. After two days of use I'm very happy with the boots. I feel like after breaking them in they'll be super comfy and responsive.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you have bony ankles/feet or others that are hard to fit, or are just looking for incredible, fully-adjustable boots, these are excellent. I had purchased the Burton Tyro boots earlier this year (my first new boots in years) and they really nearly destroyed my feet, causing deep bone bruises (note, this is not a comment on that boot for all people, just my experience with my feet). I bought these in desperation on the hill and they are exceptional. They are smaller on the outside than the sizing fits (that is, put them next to the same size boots from another brand or another Salomon model and they look a bit smllaer) but they sized true for me. The adjustments are great and you can maintain three distinct tensions - lower foot (velcro so it is locked in), ankle joint (cord lock), and top/shin (second distinct cord lock). They do take some hard breaking in before you get the flex you want in the fore/aft ankle movement but once they do . . . I recommend these very highly.
I unfortunately didn't realize how sick Salomon boots were until a few years ago when I bought some F22's. I road those for two seasons straight and destroyed them. When I saw the F3.0 coming out this year, I knew that was the boot I wanted. I admit, I was skeptical of the lacing system at first. However, it only took a few days for me to become a HUGE fan. I love to crank the lower zone down super tight along with the velcro strap, then leave my upper a little looser. Its super quick and easy to do too. Also, these boots give me the least amount of heel lift I've ever had. If you have a lower-volume foot and a mid-to-high arch, these will fit great. I was able to downsize to a 10.5 (street shoe 11.5-12) and they fit perfect after a bit of breaking in. They feel pretty stiff out of the box but after some good hard days of riding, they will feel great. I highly recommend these boots for ANYONE. Park, pow, all-mountain, groomers, etc...doesn't matter, slays it all.
best boot ever after use DC for so many years i am happy to change to a better boot and i cant be happier grate heel support. I just to ride really stiff boots but with medium stiff i feel more free to play around after all grate boot i highly recommende it