Salomon X-ADV 8 Backcountry Boot
Salomon designers chased a grizzled Sasquatch through deep, untouched alpine wilderness before returning with notes on how to construct the extremely technical and supportive backcountry Nordic boot, the X-ADV 8. Salomon created this boot for Nordic slayers who require supportive rigidity and weather protection without any sacrifice to the off ski walkability when you need to drop yours skis and flying tackle Bigfoot.
- High, hinged Energyzer cuff supports lateral stability and ankle strength
- Seamlessly welded synthetic upper blocks out water
- Thinsulate insulation regulates foot warmth
- Lace cover prevents debris snags
- Precise, one-pull Quicklace system for fit adjustment
- Fully integrated gaiter and external gaiter hook to keep out snow
- Stiff shank for supportive performance
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Sturdy, but narrow.
March 11, 2012
I just got back from my first trip with these. It was a 13-mile out-and-back with a 1200 ft climb to a pass in Montana's southwestern Rockies. They were paired with Madshus Eon skis (83-62-70mm) and Salomon X-ADV Raid bindings. The trip up was over warm, sticky snowmobile tracks with temps in the 40-50 range. I spent the night at the pass, so the morning trip down was over hard, ice-covered fields of snow and icy snowmobile tracks.
The boots were sturdy enough that I felt comfortable on all of this terrain, even carrying a decent amount of speed. I didn't whip out any tele turns, but I'd have had second thoughts about charging these conditions even with my resort tele gear.
The boots are too narrow for my feet though. I used a size 11 US, and my largest foot measures exactly eleven inches heel-to-toe, 4 inches across at the ball of the foot, and 3.25 inches across at the arch. The toe-box was roomy, but the arch is where I had a problem. Half-way up my ascent, I began feeling pain in the arches of both feet. I stopped, took out the liners, and put on some body-glide, but it didn't help. By the time I reached the pass and took off my boots, I had huge blisters along both arches.
After coming home, I examined the boots and found that Salomon put very thick pieces of foam around the ankle cup that extended forward half-way over the instep. That's exactly where my blisters were forming. I like everything else about the boots, so I think I'll try to break them in by wearing duct-tape over my insteps, or I might take a knife to some of that foam.
Unfortunately these aren't ready for long BC treks right out of the box, at least not for fat-footers like me.
I have large bunion's on my feet and need wide boots size
I have large bunion's on my feet and need wide boots size 11. What is the fit like on these boots.
December 11, 2011
Works great on skinny skis.
January 31, 2010
I'm using these with Fischer Nordic Cruisers and Karhu XCD GTs. I don't think are the greatest boot for anything over 60mm in the waist but they are light and fast for kicking around in the woods and on logging roads. If you encounter something you can't handle terrain-wise, just take off your skis and walk down. The soles are super grippy. Of note: I think no matter what skis you put them on, you can't really ski in set nordic tracks. The lugs on the soles scrape on the sides and stop you. NOT made for set tracks.
I have quite a few pairs of Salomon boots for different purposes: snowshoeing, hiking, street wear. If Salomon footwear tends to work for you, so will these. Of note: I went down 1 whole size for these boots, even though all my other Salomon footwear is the same size.
I've got Saloman Greenland boots that sadly must be replaced.
I've got Saloman Greenland boots that sadly must be replaced. With three sets of skis having SNS back country bindings, I'm hoping that the X ADV takes the same binding. Odds are slim, I know, but do they?
By: Charles Schaeffer
January 16, 2011
Only difference between BC/XA bindings is shape of rear edge of flexor.
March 5, 2011
YES, the X ADV boots will fit the SNS Back Country bindings that fit the Greenland Boots. I have BOTH X ADV and Greenland Boots that I use on the same pair of skiis.
January 17, 2011
fit great, worn out hinge point
February 2, 2011
I'd really liked every Salomon shoe I'd ever worn, so I bought these sight unseen. They fit so nicely and felt so warm and comfortable that I was super stoked...until the big toe hinge point wore through in less than three weeks. I do ski alot in the backcountry, but it seems that Salomon didn't foresee the wear and tear coming...why not??? I can't imagine that any tester would not experience the same problem....I'm going to glue a hypalon or rubber patch on this point to try to seal them back up, because sending them back for a new pair would seem to be futile unless there has been a change in design. Good luck to all you Salomon fans out there. I hope my patch helps.
Looking for the do-it-all backcountry boot. Hike long distances
Looking for the do-it-all backcountry boot. Hike long distances to get to snow, then skin up, and tele down. Is there one boot that can do all this well enough, and is this the boot?
By: Rick Crawford
December 13, 2010
March 21, 2010
Comfertable right out of the box. Good control and support on icy, rutted snow on first trip out. Can't wait for decent snow next winter.
Are these compatible with Salomon's SNS Pilot-Sport bind
Are these compatible with Salomon's SNS Pilot-Sport bindings?
February 13, 2010
No. For a SNS Pilot binding, you will need an SNS Pilot boot. These are SNS XA, which requires a SNS XA binding.
By: Cory Guru
March 9, 2010
Just what I was looking for
January 8, 2010
Just got these to use on Fischer Explorers. I plan on using them out of tracks at local nordic area that is very hilly and on another pair of skinnys for knocking around in the woods.I was concerned that they would be too stiff for light nordic gear or not enough stiffness for narrow backcountry touring skis. Both concerns are void. I feel there is plenty of support and ski control for my intended uses. Lateral control and support is very good and they still have the "walkability" that I was looking for. I am able to skate and diagonal stride in these boots and if the terrain is over your head or inappropriate for the ski your on, they hike very comfortably.I have a fairly narrow and low volume foot and I am pleased with the fit. I had no problem wrenching them tight enough and they stayed tight my whole ski day. I love the built on gaiter. Two thumbs up, and big toes up, too!