In the works for a number of years, Atomic enters the freeride beef touring boot market and Salomon re-enters the tech boot market.
Unless you’ve been in a snow cave 24/7 for the past few years, you know that Salomon had problems with their first foray into the tech fitting jungle. We’re figuring this new effort will probably be beefy and functional due to lessons learned. In all, by providing a tech fitting option with their excellent boots, they’re going to be worth considering if you’re shopping. Stay tuned as we’ll be sure to evaluate all tech fittings as they come here in the flesh.
According to the latest by Atomic at ISPO, “In the booming freeride/touring boots category, the revolutionary Waymaker Tour 110 ski boot has been recognized. The judges’ favorite is an ultra-direct performance boot on the downhill and a flexible lightweight boot on the ascent, setting new standards in backcountry touring. Not only is it a winner with the ISPO judges, it’s also a favorite with freeride pro Daron Rahlves.” All Atomic boots feature a 101mm last as well as their “Live Fit” scafo (hip espresso-fueled Italian word for the lower boot shell) which can add significant width to the toe box due to an area that expands a bit if your foot needs more room.
Each boot in the line (there are 7 that have tech swappable soles!) features 4 degree ramp angle and 35 degree range of cuff motion fore and aft. We’re not clear on exactly how the cuff articulation will compare to the modern crop of fully articulating ski touring shoes, but we’re confident that for beef boots these offerings all have a decent walk mode.
Salomon also gets back into the tech boot market with the Quest BC 120.
-30 degrees 15 forward 15 back
-1800 grams at 26.5 size
-Features a magnesium backbone.