Salomon X Wave 10.0 Spaceframe (2006)

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Rating: 3.60 / 5
Price: $725.00
Year: 2006
Level: 3
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 3.80 / 5
Forefoot fit: 3.50 / 5
Ankle fit: 3.60 / 5
Instep fit: 3.30 / 5
Adjustments: 3.55 / 5
Closure: 3.70 / 5
Response: 3.60 / 5
Support: 3.40 / 5
Flex: 3.20 / 5
Steering: 3.40 / 5
Comfort: 3.70 / 5
Average Score: 3.50 / 5

Where Salomon's Pro Model leaves off, the X Wave (and comparable Rush 9.0 for women) takes over, offering a roomier fit and stiffer flex better suited to meatier feet and heavier people. Testers almost universally praised the fit: "My feet feel like they're in waterbeds," says Ross. But there's more to it than comfortable fit: Stance, ramp and cuff height put the skier in an ideal posture for aggressive, balanced skiing. The hardware is thoughtfully designed and executed. And the X Wave's liner is designed so that, when heated, it molds not only to the foot, but to the interior of the shell as well. The Rush version has a lower cuff, softer flex, and a warmer and women-specific liner.