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Salomon X-ADV 8 Backcountry Boot

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    Alien weapon styling, Nordic genes and righteous abominable snowman skills.

    Salomon designers chased a grizzled Sasquatch through deep, untouched alpine wilderness before returning with notes on how to construct the extremely technical and supportive backcountry Nordic boot, the X-ADV 8. Salomon created this boot for Nordic slayers who require supportive rigidity and weather protection without any sacrifice to the off ski walkability when you need to drop yours skis and flying tackle Bigfoot.
    • High, hinged Energyzer cuff supports lateral stability and ankle strength
    • Seamlessly welded synthetic upper blocks out water
    • Thinsulate insulation regulates foot warmth
    • Lace cover prevents debris snags
    • Precise, one-pull Quicklace system for fit adjustment
    • Fully integrated gaiter and external gaiter hook to keep out snow
    • Stiff shank for supportive performance
    • Item #SAL1800

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    SNS X-ADV rubber
    Last Width
    106 mm
    Binding Compatibility
    standard lacing, ratchet strap
    Claimed Weight
    4 lb
    Recommended Use
    nordic touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great until they fall apart

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these to pair with my Madshus Glittertind and Voss skis. Coming from a nordic racing background, these boots felt heavy as sh*t when I first started using them, but they kept my feet warm enough in the -30s we have in Interior Alaska, so I can't complain too much. I wanted a boot you could walk around in because I intended to use them for hunting at times. They're probably the most comfortable ski boot I've ever walked around in, so they deliver there. My biggest complaint is that the zippers and stitching began falling apart after only 1 year, and after 2 years the boots are all but useless. The seams have separated all over the place, the zippers are broken, and snow finds its way through the holes now and melts inside of the liner, so every ski outing now ends with wet boots. Additionally, the rubber around the toe bar is wearing out prematurely and it's only a matter of time before the toe bar pulls out of the boot. This is all very frustrating because the sole and other parts of the boot look brand new, but the rest of it is trashed. I've used them a lot, but they certainly weren't abused, and I would expect something like this to last at least 3 or more years in usable condition.

    I own nordic racing boots by Salomon that have held up well. However, every pair of XT Wings shoes (and I've had a lot) and the Malamute snowboard boots I've had have come apart prematurely. I wish you could expect better longevity with this company because the fit and performance have been consistently good.

    Great until they fall apart

    Works well for me!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this boot based on my love of Salomon trail running shoes and hiking boots. The fit for me is spot on! I would say I have a pretty normal sized 11 foot. Other reviewers said boot ran big, so I ordered a 10.5. That was a good decision as the 10.5 XADV 8 fits like my other Salomon sized 11 products. The booth is very stable and very warm. Combined with a thin wool sock, the boot keeps me warm and dry down to -10F. I use this for 100% off trail backcountry kicking around in the mountains southwest of Vail, CO. Overall, a great boot for me and my off-track adventures. Have not had one issue with it.

    Works well for me!

    Sturdy, but narrow.

      I just got back from my first trip with these. It was a 13-mile out-and-back with a 1200 ft climb to a pass in Montana's southwestern Rockies. They were paired with Madshus Eon skis (83-62-70mm) and Salomon X-ADV Raid bindings. The trip up was over warm, sticky snowmobile tracks with temps in the 40-50 range. I spent the night at the pass, so the morning trip down was over hard, ice-covered fields of snow and icy snowmobile tracks.

      The boots were sturdy enough that I felt comfortable on all of this terrain, even carrying a decent amount of speed. I didn't whip out any tele turns, but I'd have had second thoughts about charging these conditions even with my resort tele gear.

      The boots are too narrow for my feet though. I used a size 11 US, and my largest foot measures exactly eleven inches heel-to-toe, 4 inches across at the ball of the foot, and 3.25 inches across at the arch. The toe-box was roomy, but the arch is where I had a problem. Half-way up my ascent, I began feeling pain in the arches of both feet. I stopped, took out the liners, and put on some body-glide, but it didn't help. By the time I reached the pass and took off my boots, I had huge blisters along both arches.

      After coming home, I examined the boots and found that Salomon put very thick pieces of foam around the ankle cup that extended forward half-way over the instep. That's exactly where my blisters were forming. I like everything else about the boots, so I think I'll try to break them in by wearing duct-tape over my insteps, or I might take a knife to some of that foam.

      Unfortunately these aren't ready for long BC treks right out of the box, at least not for fat-footers like me.

      I had exactly the same experience. Had tried these several times in small downhills and very short suburban trips and the downhill/skiing properties were very good and boots felt warm and very comfortable. But later on a 30 km hike in north after about 10 km, felt pain on both arches and as checked a few km later there was 2" blisters in both arches. There is something really wrong in the support system inside the lining. The problem is the heel arc which goes under the sole at foot arc and is clearly sensible by hand inside the boot (when you know what to look at).

      I wonder if this is something New Salomon started doing. I have had several trail running shoes from over the past several years with no issues. However I just bought a new pair and same thing as mentioned above, now I am scared to buy anymore products from them!

      fit great, worn out hinge point

        I'd really liked every Salomon shoe I'd ever worn, so I bought these sight unseen. They fit so nicely and felt so warm and comfortable that I was super stoked...until the big toe hinge point wore through in less than three weeks. I do ski alot in the backcountry, but it seems that Salomon didn't foresee the wear and tear coming...why not??? I can't imagine that any tester would not experience the same problem....I'm going to glue a hypalon or rubber patch on this point to try to seal them back up, because sending them back for a new pair would seem to be futile unless there has been a change in design. Good luck to all you Salomon fans out there. I hope my patch helps.

        Should be as just like the X-ADV 6, which I love!

          I am just getting into back country skiing and ordered the X-ADV 6 boots on faith (having never tried on a pair) because I have always had good luck with Salomon. It looks like the X-ADV 8 is the same boot with a higher, elasticized collar. I absolutely love the X-ADV 6 boots! As with every pair of Salomon boots or shoes I have ever owned, they fit me perfectly from day one. They required no breaking in and have never given me as much as a hot spot, much less a blister. I tried out many other BC boots by other makers and they all gave me horrible heel blisters. Salomon footwear always feels as though it is custom made for me. I am a woman with wide feet and I often buy men’s shoes in order to find a good fit. With Salomon I can wear men’s or women’s with equal comfort. I hope I can find some Salomon AT boots.

          Works great on skinny skis.

            I'm using these with Fischer Nordic Cruisers. I don't think are the greatest boot for anything over 60mm in the waist but they are light and fast for kicking around in the woods and on logging roads. If you encounter something you can't handle terrain-wise, just take off your skis and walk down. The soles are super grippy. Of note: I think no matter what skis you put them on, you can't really ski in set nordic tracks. The lugs on the soles scrape on the sides and stop you. NOT made for set tracks.

            I have quite a few pairs of Salomon boots for different purposes: snowshoeing, hiking, street wear. If Salomon footwear tends to work for you, so will these. Of note: I went down 1 whole size for these boots, even though all my other Salomon footwear is the same size.

            Just what I was looking for

              Just got these to use on Fischer Explorers. I plan on using them out of tracks at local nordic area that is very hilly and on another pair of skinnys for knocking around in the woods.I was concerned that they would be too stiff for light nordic gear or not enough stiffness for narrow backcountry touring skis. Both concerns are void. I feel there is plenty of support and ski control for my intended uses. Lateral control and support is very good and they still have the "walkability" that I was looking for. I am able to skate and diagonal stride in these boots and if the terrain is over your head or inappropriate for the ski your on, they hike very comfortably.I have a fairly narrow and low volume foot and I am pleased with the fit. I had no problem wrenching them tight enough and they stayed tight my whole ski day. I love the built on gaiter. Two thumbs up, and big toes up, too!

              are the salomon x-adv 8 sizes listed uk or us?
              What is your return shipping policy?

              All sizes listed are US so the X-ADV in size 8 is a US size 8. You can return a new, unused item anytime for a full refund. Used gear can be returned within 30 days for Store Credit. Also, you can exchange an item for free, we will cover shipping both ways. So if the size 8 does not fit we can definitely help you exchange it for another size.

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