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Salomon MTN Explore Boot


Salomon’s snowsports heritage is in alpine skiing, which shows in the MTN Explore touring boot. It’s evident in the way the boot skis, encouraging your progression as a skier into bigger terrain or higher speeds. Incorporating a more progressive flex than the Lab, the Explore is also lighter and walks better. The skiing is equally supportive. A lightweight, moldable Full Thermo CF 3D Liner aids in ankle articulation and downhill control. The oversized 24mm cuff pivots boosts power transfer and lateral edging stability, but also increases durability so you can count on your gear when you need it most. We’re not entirely sure if the MTN Explore is a freeride boot that went on a touring-diet, or a touring boot that went on a freeride-diet, but we do know that we like it. This is the better touring boot versus the blue Lab, yet it doesn’t disappoint in the skiing department.

  • Two lightweight aluminum buckles are positioned perfectly to stay out of the way during a technical booter and provide a level of micro-adjustability for the perfect fit.
  • Salomon's Touring Carbon Spine is stiff, reduces flex, and still lightweight.
  • 63° of fore/aft articulation makes the MTN Explore very dexterous in the weight category.
  • Surelock mechanism is a small single throw lever, hidden on the spine for clean, worry-free transitions.
  • Burly 24mm pivots are sturdy and enhance both the climbing and downhill experience.
  • Backcountry Magazine's Gear Guide Select Award in 2017.
  • America's Best Bootfitters Best of Test Award in 2016.
convert to ounces
1441g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2882g [27.5]
Buckles   2
Boot Sole Length   281mm [24.5]
291mm [25.5]
301mm [26.5]
311mm [27.5]
321mm [28.5]
331mm [29.5]
Binding Compatibility   Tech, frame, Kingpin
Cuff Rotation   63°
Forward Lean(s)   13°
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Polyolefine, Grilamid, Carbon
Liner   Thermo Fit CF 3D
Sole   Contra Grip
Skimo Co Says
Usage Free touring
Notes Oversize cuff pivots
Bottom Line Hikes well, charges on the down
Compare to other Freeride Boots

Questions & Reviews

Ben (downright abused product)
I'm now on my second season with these boots and they have performed very well. For my size and weight (5'7, 135 lbs) I can ski these fairly hard without blowing through the flex. I ski them on Line Sick Day 102s. The range of motion is pretty good for a middle of the road boot, maybe slightly less (but just barely) than the Spectres that these replaced, but quite a bit more than the Lange Freetour 130s that double as my resort boot. I find the 2-buckle design very convenient for touring and they are easy to adjust and switch from tour to ski mode. I have a fairly average/standard foot shape and they are slightly tight in the toe box, but not tight enough that I need a punch. My biggest critique of the boot is that the plastic is not super durable and began showing scuffs pretty early on. So far nothing that has affected the boot performance, but the plastic around the toe inserts is good and chewed up. They keep changing the color year-to-year but not the boot itself so I'm planning on replacing them with another pair for cheap when needed.
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Question from Bill
I am on my third set of Salomon Quest 120's for my down hill adventures. Absolutely love them: fit and warmth are perfect. Can I expect the same fit (Mondo 27.5) from the Salomon Mtn Explore as I get from the Quest? Thanks in advance. Bill
Answer from Nate
Hi Bill, I believe that if you like the Quest 120, you will probably find a happy fit in the same size MTN Explore.
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