Wally Phillipswrote a review of Salomon MTN Lab Ski Boot on February 25, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have to say that Salomon has been on a bit of a roll lately. They have a bunch of money athletes such as Cody Townsend and Greg Hill while providing ski and boot product lines that seem to be mostly above the norm.
Then some rumblings began emerging of a boot that is close to as light as the Dyanfit Vulcan while having a cuff movement close to it and sporting the tallest cuff in AT boots lately. Those reports came to fruition with the MTN Lab boot and it does live up to all that is said about it. For how solid it feels after completely buckling and strapping down (120 is about right), the range of motion and the weight is impressive. I could actually feel the articulation almost better than I could in the Vulcan.
I've seen some folks balk at the 2 buckle design and while it doesn't have the responsiveness that a 4 buckle does, it keeps a more than adequate feel to the turn in all backcountry and some resort conditions. The mechanism on the top buckle that not only has a wide range but helps it reach to further tighten the top is one of the more overlooked pieces of tech out there. The size is great too as there is a shortened boot sole length but the boot wall is very thin so my long and thin 11.5 shoe size foot fit almost easily into a 27.5.
Complaints? Not many here, but it isn't a TLT Performance replacement and I wouldn't use it for resort charging either (though I do prefer a burlier boot so those that don't could do it) leaving it in that weird gray area of it does superb freeride touring and COULD do resort or alpine touring. I also think while the closure is great the power strap is a little mincy. I also haven't tried the liner yet as I Intuition'd this pair but will be back for an update.