Salomon X Max 90 W ReviewOctober 7, 2013
- Soft and comfortable flex
- Forgiving enough to wear all day
- New custom fit shell
- Experts may find the boot too soft
- Low cuff height a little short for taller women
Intermediate skiers will find this boot comfy and spacious—wide and roomy in the toe box and ankle and easy to flex through the turn. High-level advanced to expert skiers will find the 90 flex shell too mushy, but good thing Salomon also offers the boot in a more advanced 110 flex, the Salomon X Max 110 W.
An updated version of Salomon’s Instinct boot, the new X Max 90 W is a mid-level performance boot with a 90 flex, designed for high intermediate to advanced women skiers looking for a boot that prioritizes comfort.
This is a forgiving, easy ride, suited for all types of frontside terrain. Intermediates can really grow into the boot and it’ll help push their skiing to the next level. A low cuff height and women’s specific heat-moldable shell offers a custom fit in the calf area, letting you determine how the boot fits.
The Salomon X Max 90 W drove the turn on both bumps and groomers, offering a solid, stable feel even in choppy snow. But don’t venture too far off-piste: It’s best suited for mellow speeds and more tame terrain.
Comfort is key in this boot, with a wide toe box and a liner you can custom heat-mold to your own preferences.
More aggressive female skiers will have to clamp the buckles all the way down to get the boot stiff enough. Or instead, just get the 110 flex version of the same boot.