Some say the Salomon S-Lab Skate Boot was designed in a secret underwater laboratory by fugitive Martian scientists. We couldn't possibly comment on that rumor, but we can say plenty about the S-Lab, Salomon's high-end skate boot. Lighter than even the slightly fancier S-Lab Pro (although not the even-more-futuristic Carbon Skate Lab), the Skate has a carbon 3D chassis and an underfoot carbon skating plate, which work together to provide superior torsional rigidity and power transmission while minimizing weight. The sole features Salomon's RS17 technology, which moves the front axis of the famous double pivot 17mm behind the front of the boot, putting it under the forefoot to keep the ski tighter to your foot for increased control and responsiveness. When you're going full-out V2 across the flats or crushing the ups, you don't want a soft cuff that soaks up energy and lets your ankle flop around. To that end, Salomon's 3D Energyzer provides lateral ankle support while allowing your foot and ankle to relax, reducing fatigue. It also functions as a spring, compressing when weighted and rebounding when unweighted to drive the ski forward and lift the tip for a drag-free step and quicker ski return. You won't sweat the downhills, either, thanks to the full-length guide ridge, which aligns with the groove in the Skate's stiff and powerful SNS Pilot 3 Racing Skate sole to lock your foot in place, providing top-class stability and control (seriously, does anything feel better than passing someone around a corner'). The S-Lab also offers unparalleled fit, thanks to foam that can be heat-molded to the contours of your feet. A snug racing last closes with the Dissociated Quicklack system, which uses two separately adjustable pulls to pull the Sensifit Overlap construction snugly around your foot and ankle, an easily-adjustable Memo strap hugs the ankle, and you can fine-tune heel hold with an adjustable strap in the rear of the boot. To keep you warm, dry, and focuse...
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