Model Availability: 120W/110W/90W/70W
Women are characteristically proportionately wider in the forefoot and narrower in the heel than the male of the species, which makes the heat-moldable X Max shell an ideal environment for the low-volume female foot and lower leg. Pesky bones like the first cuneiform are readily molded around, resulting in perfect envelopment for imperfect feet.
High performance woman skiers with slender calves should rejoice at the arrival of the new X Max 120 W, which dispenses with the usual wide aperture applied to 99% of women’s boots and simply saws down the men’s 120 cuff. It’s the most supportive, responsive, made-for-women boot Salomon has ever made. Ladies with large and/or low calves should look elsewhere, but all other rippin’ lasses should start their search for magic slippers here.
Don’t let this swoon over the 120 W deflect deserved attention on all the lesser X Max W’s, as not many women need a true 120. The 90 W and 110 W are above reproach for the women who match their flex resistance, and the 70 W provide a narrow option for the entry-level lady.
As is the case with the men’s models, don’t be in too big a hurry to sidle sideways into a wider X Pro unless you really need the extra volume. Heat molding can alleviate most, if not all, pressure points. Moving to a higher volume shell can create more problems, in both comfort and performance, than it seems to solve on the fit bench.