The Salomon Group has been around a long time. From saw blades to snowboards, the French company has figured out how to be a leading manufacturer of outdoor sports equipment for 70 years. Not until more recently did the organization catch onto producing snowboard gear. Still, within the comparably short time it has been, Salomon has not failed to upkeep their high standards of production.
My first experience with the company’s snowboarding equipment is with Salomon’s 2016 Malamute snowboard boots. It all began when I grew desperately tired of my old, worn out, bulky Burtons that I had been stuck with for too many years. On the hunt for a lighter, tighter and more responsive boot, I tried on a multitude of brands before I was presented the magic slipper that is the Malamute.
The minute they hugged my foot, it was obvious I needed them. In all ways, the Malamute is an obviously well-designed, high-quality snowboard boot loaded with rewarding features.
Salomon Malamute 2016 Features
-The Malamute boot offers an integrated heel strap to lock your liner to the sole.
After tightening up the inner lacing system, you simply Velcro the strap down across your ankle to avert any heel slip nonsense.
-The footbed is comprised with yummy Ortholite C3 material. This cushion is super comfy, warm and dry, and holds up ride after ride.
-J-bars AKA ankle guards can be extracted from the liner to decrease stiffness or inserted for added support depending on your preference of heel hold.
-The Malamute’s Power Lock is a spin on the standard lacing system: slightly more time consuming than some technologies implemented in newer boots, but very effective nonetheless. The Malamutes don anti-catch hooks to ensure your tightening efforts are not lost in the lace-up process, and finish with a crisscross lock to ensure your snugness doesn’t wane while riding.
-The HIKE outsole offers grip and flexibility for the best all mountain ride.
Some other qualities to note:-The Malamute’s flex factor is a 9 out of 10. They are a responsive and stiff fit for more advanced all mountain riders and freeriders.
-Price-wise, the Malamutes air on the expensive side. In fact, they’re the second most expensive board boot Salomon currently manufactures, sitting at $349.95. But if you’re serious about comfort and proper fit, they’re worth every penny.
-They seem to run large. Normally, I wear a M 9.5, and even while trying on other Salomon boots, I was consistently a M 9.5.
However, in the Malamutes, I got down to an 8.5. So, this model in particular runs about a size larger than most.
So far, I have no quarrels with this boot. The three important criteria of fit, flex and compatibility is met each time I put them on. Ultimately, I would recommend them to anybody with an aggressive riding style, a narrow to regular width foot, and a strong aversion to heel lift. After settling into these boots, it’s no wonder why the Salomon Malamute has managed to stick around longer than any other boot in the company’s line.