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S/LAB X ALPINE MODULAR

Unisex - Unisex Trail Running Shoes
Ratings (3reviews) 3/5
CZK10,390.00

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Overview

With no compromises between lightness, rigidity and protection, this disruptive S/LAB innovation is ideal for trail runners who like to go higher. Use the lightweight S/LAB Sense 8 for the runnable parts of your journey and the S/LAB ALPINE SKIN when terrain becomes more technical to scramble. Compatible with manual and semi-automatic crampons.

Cushion

Responsive (No)
Balanced (Yes)
Soft (No)

Shoe fit

Slim (No)
Standard (Yes)
Generous (No)
Wide (No)

Foot protection

Minimal (No)
Light (No)
High (Yes)

Frequence per week

Once or less (No)
Recovery (No)
2-3 times (Yes)
4 times or more (No)

Running terrain

Road (No)
Mixed terrain (No)
Rocky (No)
Muddy & soft (No)
Snow & ice (Yes)

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    Reviews
    Ratings (3reviews)

    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Specific shoe for specific missions. I was hesitant to get these after finding just a couple reviews, but pulled the trigger because of Salmon's great return policy. In short I'm glad I got them! I'm a trail runner who got into mountaineering and these are literally made for someone like me. No, these will not replace a dedicated mountain boot altogether. Yes, these will allow lightning ascents in a lighter package--they'll get you further+higher than a trail shoe and faster than a boot. I was looking to get a pair of summer mountaineering boots and came across these. After wearing them a bit, I think these are perfect for long approaches and summer mountaineering where you aren't going to be wearing the outer skin for days on end. I plan to use them this summer thusly: to run until I reach snow and then don the boot for crampon use, taking it off on the descent. Pros: -Uber light (compared to train shoes+dedicated mtn boots) -The ultra 8s are insanely comfy, light, and fast shoes. (Admittedly, I am used to minimal shoes though, think Altra Superiors) -Crampon compatibility -The outerboot sole is quite weather-proof and very rigid, just like a dedicated mtn boot -The skin dons quite quickly--I can get it on in about the same time as I can a regular pair of tie-up boots. (Idk why other reviewers find it so hard?) Cons: -Not as comfortable as a dedicated mtn boot. I wouldn't want to spend all day in the skin. -The neoprene strap that secures the Ultra8 into the skin can inhibit the tendons around the low shin/top of foot. (I just am mindful to not crank it too tight) -My feet are quite wide and these are definitely not made for wide feet. I'm used to a bit discomfort in this area, so not a big deal for me. -The outer-boot upper (ankle) is more tough trail shoe than tough mtn boot. A misstep with a crampon would definitely do some hefty damage! Overall, if you have a dedicated set of winter boots, and want to run up mountains until you can't run higher, these are for you. If you are walking approaches, I would just recommend summer mountaineering boots. I don't think I would ever spend $400 for these, but at $160 I am very happy for their use. They get me higher faster. If you're a trail-runner, get these. If you are a mountaineer, don't.
    Date published: 2021-03-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great shoe bad cushioning i have this shoe for 1 month i am happy but not enough cushioning for something that is supposed to be a mountaineering boot/alpine boot also the thing is you have two shoes on so not as precise as wearing a normal one but the concept is amazing
    Date published: 2021-02-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great concept but the devil is in the details I bought these boots with high hopes. I am an experienced climber and the idea of being able to decrease my time in approaches seduced me. I have owned two pairs of s/lab xalp carbon 2s which I like very much, and hoped these would be an upgrade... The entire boot is a little heavier than I expected, and because it houses the Sense 8 shoe, the first time you use it, you may feel a little awkward - as if your feet had grown since the footprint is of course bigger. (This BTW may make the boot less ideal if your climb involves any 5.8 or greater routes.) The finish is great and similar in quality to my Salomon Carbon 2s. My Petzl light crampons were easy to fit and felt secure. They have contra-grip soles, and are fairly waterproof (some snow did creep in at the ankle even though they have some protection against that.) My Carbon 2s may have a tigher mini-gaiter at the ankle since these use a zipper on both sides. I don't recall ever having much snow creep into my Carbon 2s. How to get into the boot is still a dilemma for me. Getting the Sense 8 shoe inside the boot is not simple. I wonder why Salomon chose two lateral zippers and not one down the middle, like in the Carbon 2s. You will spend a good 1-2 minutes per boot to get them on, and this after some practice. If you are using these for racing, keep this in mind. My final technique was to wear the Sense 8, and then place my foot a little sideways initially, and then struggle for some time until at last you are able to slide it in. Placing the shoe first, and then your foot afterwards is not easier and you will need a long shoehorn (which I bought as a test) - but that did not really help. I don't want to even think what it's like to get into these at 21,000 feet after a cold night. But they are suitable to get you up to the North Col at Everest (23K) if it's not too cold! sui Once you do get them on, you will feel a little Yeti-like, because of their bigger footprint needed to fit the Sense 8 shoes. You may get used to this, but I never did. On my first day, after learning how to put them on, I took them out on steep terrain. Once you are in the boot, there is a strap from ankle to ankle to better secure the boot to your foot, and this was the source of my problems. The buckle (see pic) on the outer side of the boot secures the velcro strap, and any time that you put weight on the outside of the boot (traversing) the buckle which is right at ankle level, gouges you - this helped by the velcro pulling it up! It's not a mild nuisance, and unless you carry in your backpack a pad or some way to cushion this, you will bruise up pretty quickly as I did. I climbed 4000 feet with the boots and on the way down, as soon as I left the snow, I took them off to continue with the Sense 8s because of the pain. I believe that this boot should ship with the Sense 8 SG (see pic) which rises above your ankle and pads it. The Sense 8 (see pic) shoe leaves your ankle exposed, and therefore the pain I experienced. Hopefully Salomon will address this issue in the future. I passed on the info to Salomon, and they offered to replace my boots, but with NO alternatives. An easy fix from Salomon would involve: 1) Sell the booth with Sense 8SG shoes and 2) Add a neoprene pad beneath the buckle to protect the ankle. (Alternately, get rid of the velcro and buckle and use another way of securing the boot to your foot, such as a quick-lace system.)
    Date published: 2020-05-14
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