First Look

//First Look

First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra Review… aka S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 Review

By | 2018-03-15T04:07:09+00:00 March 1st, 2018|First Look, Gear Review, Shoes|

2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra (S/Lab Sense Ultra 2) Update 3/14/18: Road Trail Run just published a piece written by Estelle-Marie Kieffer sharing her initial impressions of the 2018 S/Lab Ultra. She too isn't feeling the new design and had issues with comfort. Also, her impression was that V2 fits shorter and narrower than V1. That goes against my feelings after comparing a brand new V1 against the brand new V2. Partly what I think in happening is that the new sensifit wings just aren't as accommodating as the old version. V1's upper was more uniform, less rigid, and distributed pressure better. V2's upper, because of the wings, is less uniform and ends up focusing pressure on a couple of small areas. Anyway... for less of [...]

First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Boot

By | 2017-12-24T04:02:26+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|First Look, Gear Review|

  UPDATE TWO: Alrighty, I finally feel like I can start to weigh in on how the X-Alp Boot ski. I've had them our on a variety of tours and skied them in a variety of snow conditions. For the most part they're great. They're surprisingly supportive and have performed quite well paired up with the Salomon X-Alp Ski in the 170 length. In touring mode I have never worn a more comfortable boot. These things really are like slippers. I've found that I prefer to keep all of the buckles closed when touring. It doesn't seem to hinder your mobility and it helps keep the boot from sliding around on my foot. As good as these boots are they do have limits. I [...]