Long approaches below treeline, long scrambles up scree-covered basins, and exposed routes across boulder-covered ridges—the Salomon Men's S-Lab X ALP Carbon 2 GTX Shoe is ready for every part of the ascent thanks to a lightweight yet tough design that moves quickly and withstands the wear and tear alpine terrain can inflict. Taking queues from mountaineering double boots, the X ALP features a zippered gaiter with Lycra collar for added protection from snow and gravel when you're moving through the mountains. Behind that protective exterior, Salomon fitted the boot with a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane to keep your foot dry when you're route consists of frequent creek crossings and a quick snowfield crossing.
- A light and protective boot for mountain pursuits
- Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane
- Protective gaiter with Lycra cuff protects from debris
- Rigid toe cap for scrambling up steep mountains
- Dual-density midsole cushions feet from rough terrain
- Carbon Edging Chassis provides added security on exposed terrain
- Protective toe cap protects boot from scuffing
- Item #SAL00X0
- Q & A
Narrower - so order 1 size bigger
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 12
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 175lbs
I now own both the original Black and White Carbon 1 model and the Carbon 2. The Carbon 2's are definitely narrower and I had to buy ONE size bigger than my normal shoe size to get a proper fit. (The Carbon 1's required only a 1/2 size bigger.)
As far as improvements, the thicker tongue make them feel more comfortable. The lacing has an extra loop so that one can distribute the tension better throughout your foot. The new side closure with a snap seems better than the older system - and they just look better! The sole seems identical to the previous model, and the Ortholite insoles are also the same.
Finally, they seem a little stiffer up front, sturdier, and maybe a tad lighter. The Petzl Leopard crampons fit perfectly at their max elongation for my size 12 boots, so I now have a very light bundle for any mountain in the lower 48.
Definitely a great product, like the Carbon 1. Just make sure you order up in size.
I'm looking for a new mountaineering boot for semi-technical ascents. I'm curious if these would be adequate for a route like the Kautz on Rainer where one might encounter up to 2 pitches of 40-50 degree glacier ice (worst case). I know they only support strap on crampons, so I am more curious about the stiffness of the sole.