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Salomon Hi-Fi 2017-2018 Snowboard Boots Review

  • Price: £330 / €430
  • Sizes: UK 6-12
  • Flex: 4
  • Entry System: Speed Lace
  • salomon.com

If you were the one taking the kind of stomach-churning, mind-boggling, knee-jeopordising risks on which Bode Merrill made his name, you’d want a precision-engineered boot too. Working closely with Bode, Salomon introduced the Salomon Hi-Fi snowboard boot last winter, and we’re pleased (but not at all surprised) to see it return for another winter.

The one-foot wünderkind favours an average-flexing boot, one that can handle the bigger gaps without taking mini-shreds off the table. The speed-lace system controls the upper and lower areas of the boot separately, allowing you to achieve the perfect fit with minimal fuss. The Salomon Hi-Fi also has a neoprene layer under the lower section which spreads the pressure evenly, improving comfort.

“The speed-lace system controls the upper and lower areas of the boot separately, allowing you to achieve the perfect fit with minimal fuss”

The need to absorb impacts is well met by the ‘HiFive EC+’ outsole, which you won’t find anywhere but on the Salomon Hi-Fi. A unique version of EVA foam has been applied to the areas where it’s most needed, protecting your foot from coming a cropper when you clip a knuckle. It also does a fine job at mellowing out the usual shred-related vibrations that can, over time, put your feet through the wringer.

The ‘Ortholite C3’ footbed plays its part too, as does the heat-mouldable liner that keeps your foot comfy and secure all day. So too does the backstay of the outer shell, which flexes as required but always pings back to provide support.

“If your budget can stretch to the Salomon Hi-Fi, its premium construction will deliver a value-for-money experience that should span multiple seasons”

It’s one of the more expensive snowboard boots on the market today, but if your budget can stretch to the Salomon Hi-Fi, its premium construction will deliver a value-for-money experience that should span multiple seasons. And if it inspires you to a winch-assisted fastplant on a lamp-post as you soar over a public footbridge in a snowy city centre, then so much the better.

After a full setup? Why not try combining this with the rest of Bode’s gear – the Salomon Ultimate Ride snowboard, and Salomon Hologram bindings?

Salomon's nifty fast track lace lock

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