Salomon MTN Explore W

Model Year
2017-18
Category
Backcountry
Last Width
98
Flex Index
90
Price (MSRP)
$725.00USD

The Gist

The little two-buckle that could! Testers raved (again) about the 2018 Salomon MTN Explore W for its snug all-around narrow class fit, its insanely light weight, its easy and effective touring range of motion and downhill guts beyond its rated stiffness and category. Homerun, they said (and it tied with one other boot for highest score of the entire women's test).

The Fit

Evenly snug the way a 98 mm last should fit was the group think on fit tension, perhaps with a little extra breathing room for the calf at boot top. Testers liked the flex feel and amount of cushion in the tongue and felt that two buckles and a power strap did the job to close up shop around the foot and leg just fine.

Performance

Surprisingly strong and stable for a light weight 90-flex, testers said. The snug fit and lack of bulk in liner and shell translated into high agility scores and rapid fire transitions turn to turn. While this rockered and tech-compatible boot would not be a first choice for majority on-area skiing, testers said it would do just fine there.

Cool Features

The sleek and sideways flip switch of the Surelock cuff release mechanism is always a hit with testers for its ease of use, and they appreciate little elements like the dual liner pull loops for easier entry.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
23.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
N/A
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
23.00
  • 2017-18 Salomon MTN Explore W at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Salomon MTN Explore W at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Salomon MTN Explore W at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Great touring boot all around—especially for the narrow foot.” -- Allison Miles
  • “Active and spirited, really fun to ski—great for the advanced skier in any b.c. terrain.” -- Michael Kendrick Powderly

This boot available at...

Newton, MA
Costa Mesa, CA
Breckenridge, CO

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