Salomon Max Series boots – innovative fit, comfort and performance

The Max Series is based upon TwinFrame Technology, a combination of extremely rigid PU in the part of the ski boot that affects precision, power and control, with very soft PU wrapped around the lower shell, for more comfort and a totally personalized fit. Max Series also utilizes Salomon’s Oversized Pivot, a 25mm axis point molded directly into the shell on the ankle that improves transmission and precision by reducing the loss of power that traditional 8mm axles do. Jerome Minet, Product Line Manager for Boots, explains the idea, “Salomon was already leading the market trend with Custom Shell technology. So taking it to the next step, with a totally customizable lower shell, required us to rethink our approach. In order to maintain the power and skiability that we were after, the soft material had to be balanced with both a more rigid plastic and a more innovative design. This solution actually improves both fit and performance, so we decided to incorporate it into the entire range at the top end.”

Max Series will come in two versions, each tailored from the same concept to meet the specific performance demands for two different skiing missions.

– X-Max is the no-holds-barred on-piste performance machine, with the most rearward support and transmission. It has plain soles for rigidity and 4 buckles to ensure precise wrapping and on-piste sensitivity.
About Paul Cunnius Paul CunniusPaul has spent many years as a Ski School Director, Trainer, Instructor and Ski Tester. Other credentials include: CSIA Level 4 Instructor, CSIA Senior Examiner, Ski School Director in Banff and New Zealand, CSIA 25+ Year Member, 5 Time Canadian Demo Team Member, Western Technical Committee Member, Canadian Powder 8 Judge. Contact Paul at
– Quest Max is the exploring version of Max Series, with Salomon’s Hike & Ride Technology, an extended rubber sole, and interchangeable pads to accommodate hiking. Quest Max maintains solid precision, but is focused on walkability. “We know that each mission has specific needs, such as more precision for racers, walkability for explorers, and rebound for rippers. However, by working with world cup racers, mountain guides, and professional freeskiers, we realized that all these practices had one common need: more control and more comfort. By trying to combine the two, we eventually came up with TwinFrame technology.” Paul-Eric Chamay, Alpine Boot Product Manager.

All Max Series boots are optimized for the newest generation of rockered skis and modern ski technique, with a more upright stance, more neutral and slightly lower ramp angle. And all Max Series boots can be heat molded to eliminate nearly all fit issues, using the equipment that almost all shops currently use. Truly personalized fit with less hassle than ever.

K2 Gives Us The Boot – AMP

K2 has officially announced their new boot line for 2013/14. The line consists of two categories, All Mountain Performance and Freeride. The All Mountain Performance offers three models for both the Men and Women, The Spyne for Men and the Spyre for Women. The flagship Men’s Spyne will be available in a 130 flex and two lasts, 97 and 100 mm. Two other Men’s models come in a 110 and 90 flex respectively. The Women’s Spyre is available in a 110, 100 and 80 flex with all the features that come in the Men’s model. Additionally the cuff height is 15% lower to accommodate a woman’s lower calf insert point. The boot is also made with a Women’s specific last. There are three main innovative features the define the boot and in here they are in the words of K2: Energy Interlock – A rivet-free technology that integrates the cuff and shell. Producing a smoother and more efficient load transfer, the Energy Interlock delivers a natural flex with dynamic performance. PowerFuse SpYne – A rear co-injected “Y”- shaped design enhances the Energy Interlock by providing fore/aft fl ex efficiency and lateral stiffness, for sustained performance and responsiveness in all conditions.

K2 Fit Logix – Delivering performance, comfort, and a customized fi t, Fit Logix includes the combination of a diverse last offering (97mm, 100mm, and 102mm), a navicular punch that is built into the mold to alleviate pressure during ankle flexion, and an advanced collection of INTUITION® liners that provide the perfect blend of comfort and performance, thanks to the precise interaction between foot, liner, and shell. The molded/lasted liners feature INTUITION® foam and a power collar, and Moldable Asymmetric Tongue for maximized power transfer and energy absorption.

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« Lindsey Vonn Wins at Lake Louise4FRNT Announces 4 New Web Series » Fischer Hybrid boots Published December 2, 2012By Martin Olson title image Fischer not only introduced a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ski that changes from a traditional camber to a freeride rocker with the flick of a switch but it has completed the package with a full range of men’s and women’s boots that also have split personalities. The hybrid boot range features a mechanism that offers Hike Mode, Ride Mode and Lock Mode with one-finger operation.
Lock secures the cuff for 100% power transmission, Ride allows more cuff flexibility, and Hike provides the most freedom of movement for the most comfort and agility while walking.
Two Vacuum technology models are offered in both the men’s and women’s lines. See a quick summary of all models here but for full details on all features, check the official Fischer website.