S/Max 120 Ski Boot
Salomon made the Men's S/Max 120 Ski Boot surprisingly light for how aggressive it can ski. A 120 flex makes this the second-stiffest S/Max Ski Boot, making it ideal for advanced-to-expert riders who ski groomers, powder, and everything in between. Despite its top-level performance, the S/Max stays super light with a weight just below four pounds per boot. Salomon accomplished this through a new Coreframe construction, which uses a thinner shell that's reinforced with a beefier materials in key areas that assure proper stiffness without weighing you down.
The S/Max might have a narrow last of 98mm, but its shell and liner are fully customizable so you don't feel any uncomfortable pinching throughout the day. Within ten minutes, boot-fitters and local ski shops can mold the Custom Shell HD and the thermo-moldable My Custom Fit 3D Performance liner directly to your foot's contours for a solid fit. This gives you a precise performance with a narrow last, as well as a boot that feels like it was fitted for your foot specifically.
- Aggressive ski boot built lighter and thinner than before
- 120 flex ideal for hard-charging, all-mountain skiers
- Narrow 98mm last for a snug fit and precise performance
- Both shell and liner are fully customizable for a solid fit
- 24mm oversized pivot helps you stay on edge with wider skis
- Item #SAL01IQ
- Q & A
Tight but Right
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I usually ski in a 130 boot but that is more so because brands tend to overstate the flex index on their boots. After trying on the S/Max 130 Carbon, I could instantly tell that it was a bit stiff for my liking. If I was only ripping frontside groomers and not cruising, I would likely have gotten the 130s. These 120s flex like some other brands' 130 boots so I definitely recommend giving these a try if you usually stick to 130 flex boots.
They are definitely a low volume fit but the custom shell helps ensure that you will not be in pain. The only word of caution I have here is to pay special attention to your instep when trying on these boots. If you feel pressure on your instep/navicular, it could be tough to expand that area of the boot because of the seam. If it just slightly bothers you, I recommend adding some padding to that area when you go to mold the boot. Ultimately, talk with your bootfitter and figure out if these boots will work with your foot/skiing.
Back to the volume conversation, I was not able to fit into my boot with my medium thickness footbeds. I have a low volume "race" pair that fits well without having to grind down the footbed or bootbard. If you plan on using an aftermarket footbed, I strongly recommend trying these boots on with that footbed before you commit.
On the hill, these are great. Stiff enough to drive any ski you get on but can also handle bumps or chatter without much trouble. If you are looking for a powerful boot to take you all over the mountain, look no further. These are the ticket.
Such a confidence inspiring boot. I have a wide forefoot (102 last), narrow ankles, and large calves, so finding a boot that would work for me was tough. Most boots either gave enough room in the foot and calves, but had too much room in the ankle, or they locked the ankle down well, but felt way too tight in the foot. These bridged that gap really well. The last is only 98mm but after heat molding them, there is enough room at the front of the foot but they still lock the ankle down really well. This boot might pinch a bit for those with higher arches, but for me it isn't a problem. My only complaint with them is that the top of the boot pinches my calf where the tongue and liner meet and create that "V" shape on the sides. Because my calves are on the larger end, the inside of my calf gets a bit pinched inside the V, but not so much that it's unbearable. For a 120 flex boot, it still feels pretty forgiving, and they seem to work really well with wider skis (I'm using a 102 waist ski).