Salomon MTN Explore

Model Year
2017-18
Category
Backcountry
Last Width
98
Flex Index
100
Price (MSRP)
$850.00USD

The Gist

For low-volume feet attached to lighter weight guys, the 2018 Salomon MTN Explore is the ticket to longer tours and better turns. Testers dug how well this 98 mm tourer gripped the foot and lower leg for a secure connection to the sliding tool. At a 100-flex, our taller, heavier testers overpowered it a bit, but for average and smaller skiers in soft snow there was nary a complaint, with those guys calling it agile and able to rip in all conditions.

The Fit

Testers said average feet will need some help from the bootfitter, especially at the forefoot—this is a true narrow fit that the low volume set will appreciate. The flex feel is soft while the tongue cushioning is a bit on the firm side, and testers thought the stance angles were dialed for getting around on skis.

Performance

The boot is light, rockered, tech-compatible and has a slick sideways release mechanism called Surelock which testers approved of. Range of motion is better rearward than forward they said, but gave its quality of movement the thumbs-up for being smooth. Downhill skiing performance was on the agile and accurate side of the spectrum, rather than heavy to the edge, and so the MTN Explore is best suited to the not-huge and those with a lighter touch on the snow. The S/Lab MTN is a bit more solid at a 110-flex.

Cool Features

Two lightweight buckles and a powerstrap is about the extent of it, that and a fully thermo moldable liner—cook it and go!

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-29.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
S/Lab MTN, $950
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
17.50
  • 2017-18 Salomon MTN Explore at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Salomon MTN Explore at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Salomon MTN Explore at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Good turn initiation and good aft support—responsive with good ground feel.” -- Andrew Orlich
  • “More about the tour but hasn't forgotten about the turn—precise skiing.” -- Bob Kuehn

This boot available at...

Columbia, SC
Newton, MA
Plymouth, MI
Telluride, CO
Wethersfield, CT
Breckenridge, CO
Houston, TX

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