When gear from Salomon is labelled “Lab”, it’s safe to assume it’ll have the best-in-class performance for its intended application. The Mountain Lab ski touring boot is no exception. In fact, after amassing a generous number of accolades, the blue boot might be Salomon R&D’s (aka the “lab’s”) crown jewel. The skiing capability of the (relatively) lightweight MTN Lab is impressive; this is a true freeride boot. A carbon spine adds even more stiffness to a rigid Grilamid shell for a powerful ride. The lower even features reinforcement ribs that minimize shell bowing under forward flex, while keeping the main body thin to shed unnecessary weight. That, combined with 47° of ankle motion, means the Lab has reasonable uphill performance that is exceptional for its class. If you want a touring boot that started as a freeride boot and then learned to walk, the Salomon MTN LAB is your boot.
- Carbon spine and reinforcement ribs contribute to a 120 Flex index.
- Custom Fit 3D liner is thermo-moldable and offers copious support.
- Dual 50mm Claw straps help make the boot an extension of your leg.
- Oversized 24mm cuff pivot, for maximum power and longevity.
- Waterproof, flexible cover over the instep keep your feet happy.
- 47° of motion in walk mode won’t impede your uphill progress.
- Surelock is a simple, low profile lever to control ski/walk duties.
- Contragrip sole is rugged and well-studded for slippery climbing.
- Compatible with tech, frame, and even Kingpin bindings.
- Backcountry Magazine’s Gear Guide Select for 2017.
- Powder Magazine Skier’s Choice in 2017.
|Weight (pair)||3174g [27.5]|
|Boot Sole Length||281mm [24.5]
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, frame, Kingpin|
|Materials||Pebax cuff, Grilamid lower, carbon spine|
|Liner||Breatheable CustomFit 3D|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Oversize cuff pivots for durability|
|Bottom Line||Hikes OK and really charges on the down|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
I own the 2016/2017 version of this boot and loving it. Unfortunately they are getting a little tired now.
Is there any difference between the 16/17 and 17/18 versions aside from the colour?
Also I got sold the 27.5 version because the shop was out of 27.0. They told me that the only difference between the two sizes was a inner sole that would make the 27.5 into a 27.0, which is what I have today. Can you confirm?
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