- Price: £330 / €430
- Sizes: UK 6-12
- Flex: 4
- Entry System: Speed Lace
If you were the one taking the kind of stomach-churning, mind-boggling, knee-jeopardising 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.
Bode Merrill - Team Rider, Salomon
"Super hyped to work with Salomon to design this boot, we set out to make a high performance, high tech snowboard boot and we accomplished that.
Boots are a difficult part of snowboarding for me; I always have had a hard time finding a boot that fits perfectly and doesn’t make my feet hurt. This boot actually works, though. The Mutation Technology makes it low profile, and cuts down on extra moving parts, making the Hi-Fi lighter and more comfortable.
The Hi-Fi’s flex makes the boot feel broken in right out of the box and the Spring Back Spine keeps the boot from breaking down like any other boot."