You can have it all.
You left your race days behind you along with speed suits, keg beer, and dorm life, but even as you've relaxed your GS turns enough to enjoy a little backcountry powder, you can't shake the need to ski with an uncompromisingly rigid boot. Fortunately, a stiff boot doesn't have to mean crunched up toes and a lack of circulation anymore. Power and performance no longer exist exclusively alongside pain, and the Salomon QST Pro 130 Boot is evidence of it. With a fully customizable shell and a flex your old race crew would approve of, the QST Pro brings comfort without sacrificing the ability to back you whether you're sending stout lines in the resort or charging down aesthetic lines in the backcountry.
Salomon reworked its TwinFrame2 shell by adding an Endofit tongue for a more progressive forward flex, but it still offers 360-degree customization from the cuff to the shell. Your bony lumps and bumps can all be accommodated when the material is heated up without having to jump to punching and grinding right off the bat. Once you dial in the fit of the shell, do the same for the My Custom Fit 3D Race liners; being able to mold both a liner and shell around the contours of your foot results in a serious advantage once you're opening it up on the steep stuff. A boot free of slippage and hot spots means you'll be able to drive your skis without lag time or exaggerated movements from within the boot. Because achieving a perfect boot fit out of the box is nothing short of miraculous, Salomon purposely made the buckles, Oversized Pivot, and straps able to be dismantled by a bootfitter, improving your options for zeroing in on the precise fit that will work best for you.
To accommodate the expanding waistlines of modern skis, Salomon adds its Oversized Pivot, a burly 24mm design, to the QST Pro line. Sitting at the critical intersection of the shell and cuff, the pivot lends the boot lateral stiffness when you're tipping your skis on edge, making sure you can drive power where you need it when you can't help carving up a big arc to remember the glory days. At the end of a big day, thank the Endofit tongue and its waterproof gusset for making life easier when you stumble back to the car. Though the rest of you might be soaked through, your toes will be dry, and the flexible tongue will make slipping your boots off an effort that doesn't require your last reserves of strength for the day.
- Burly freeride boot for pinning couloirs and cliff lines
- Stiff 130 flex charges in the resort or backountry
- 100-106mm last accommodates medium to wide feet
- Custom, moldable shell and liner for a personal fit
- Rubber sole gains traction on boot backs
- Endofit tongue makes it easy to slide your boots on and off
- Three aluminum buckles for custom adjustment
- 50mm power strap with cam locking mechanism locks you in
- Item #SAL013S
- Q & A
One boot for Alpine & Tour?....
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Time in boots: 14 days, about 70 hours.
I bought these boots for the following reasons:
My old Alpine boots were toast.
I wanted a lighter boot for climbing in the resort and elsewhere.
I needed a boot for side country and short tours.
I wanted to travel with one boot and since I had a lot of other expensive gear to buy, this would be a cost saver.
Fit - Good except for the last. I am about 103mm. Stretching the boot for "6th toe" was easy, the liner is too narrow however and that stretch was less elegant. The the liner should be wider than it is or stretch better. Until I sorted this out I had poor circulation and cold feet. Now that they are dialed in the fit is very good and not so cold, I use toe warmers above the toes in sub 15° F. Heel pocket is good.
Alpine Performance - Flex is stated at 130 which is more than I want, but I read enough to know they were softer than that. Flex is progressive and stiff enough for me. I get very good control from the boot for downhill skiing, BUT the boot is definitely not a dedicated downhill 4 buckle boot. I found that skiing rougher terrain exposed pressure points. My Tibialis Anterior (muscle adjacent to the Tibia) in both legs become sensitive and need of attention. The rear is similar, but to a lesser extent. While I do not get in the back seat much at all, pressure points develop in the center of the calf muscle under the power strap. There is a plastic spacer attached to the rear of the liner which I moved up nearly 3/4" which helped considerably. Generally there is less shock absorption, even my arches complain, so as an Alpine boot only, for me these would be disappointing.
Climbing - A pleasure, nice and light, good ROM
Touring - Forward ROM is less than I would like but it's OK. The main irritation is that the tongue has a pressure point that becomes uncomfortable after a while. Rear ROM is good.
Switching the Alpine and AT pads - The boots come with both sets of pads. Switching is easy. Salomon suggests around 13 changes before the plastic in the screw holes deteriorates. My guess is that if you are careful you can get more than this. The pads slide into place, so there is structural locking, not just screw tension. I plan to buy the Salomon SHIFT MNC 13 binding for my 50/50 skis which will reduce wear and tear.
Verdict - While the boots performance is good, the compromise makes them neither perfect for downhill nor touring. Since I spend more time in the resort than touring I am more aware of their limitations as a down hill boot. When $$$ allows I will buy dedicated boots for both activities. Until then, and when I want to travel light I will happily use them.
no WTR tech soles
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
The tech soles aren't WTR compatible. I've ordered the Atomic Hawx 130 Ultra Xtd since the soles will work with tech bindings and STH2 WTR bindings.
Felt like it would have been a great for me if there was a better way to make it work with multiple binding scenarios.
If you only ski tech bindings or only ski DIN bindings these would be great
Does this boot require tech bindings or are they compatible with frame bindings as well?