It's hard to believe that the fit of the XMAX 100 could be improved on, but it was! The heel pocket is super precise fitting out of the box without being to constricting on the inside of the foot which is a common issue in low volume ski boots. Another issue in 98 mm lasted ski boots is instep pressure, in the S/Max there is some more room (not too much) on top of the foot -- this also makes putting the boot on and taking it off much more enjoyable. The toe box is true to size, even though the shell length of the new S/Max is 1 mm shorter than the XMAX. Performance-wise it skis like a true 110 flex and it feels like it has a bit more rebound than the old boot. We're a fan.
Custom Shell HD: Salomon's proven heat molding process makes boot fitting most feet quick and easy - the latest Custom Shell HD version is even quicker to mold than before. The thinner wall construction and new shell materials allow the foot to be closer to the shell and provide enhanced sensations, more power and direction energy transmission. (Bootfitter's Notes – The new S/Max last is 1 mm taller in the instep than the X Max.)
Sense Amplifier Cuff : Cuff design promotes quicker rebound and better snow feel. 2 Position strap lets you select the level of power and rebound.
Liner: My Custom Fit 3D Seamless Performance Liner – Those pesky seams you feel on your little toes? They're gone in the pre-shaped and seamless S/Max and S/Pro liners, and you'll be happy they're a thing of the past. Improves comfort, precision and ensures a warmer fit.
Core-Frame Construction: A thinner walled Sensitive Shell is reinforced by the Core-Frame element that runs under the midfoot from maleolus to maleolus and stiffens the shell where you drive the ski with a minimum of added weight. Delivers precise terrain feedback and maximum power transmission to the edges.
Stance: 24mm Oversized Pivot – Reduced play for extreme precision and direct power transmission. Because many modern all mountain skis are wider, they require more torque to stay on edge. Oversized Pivot answers the need of wider skis.