With a 120 flex, the X Max 120 W is the stiffest non-race women’s boot in Salomon’s lineup, and the stiffest (and most powerful) women’s boot we tested.
Ski hard, fast, and in control in the X Max 120 knowing the energy transfer from body to ski edge will be efficient, at a minimum. A blend of Polyamide and Polyurethane in the lower shell allows for fit, strength, and power transfer to collectively find a happy medium. An oversized pivot connecting the lower shell with the cuff helps reduce play where energy might otherwise be lost, as does an extra-large power strap.
Out of the box fit for narrower, lower volume feet was comfortable with a 98-millimeter last and heat-molded liners. Find extra wiggle room in the top buckle by quickly flipping the receiving end 90-degrees and sliding along a track, closer or farther from the buckle, instead of breaking out a screw driver. —Crystal Sagan