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Salomon Impact 8 (2008)

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Rating: 3.33 / 5
Price: $635.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 4.00 / 5
Forefoot fit: 4.00 / 5
Ankle fit: 4.00 / 5
Instep fit: 4.00 / 5
Adjustments: 3.07 / 5
Closure: 3.44 / 5
Response: 3.49 / 5
Support: 2.81 / 5
Flex: 2.96 / 5
Steering: 3.34 / 5
Comfort: 3.73 / 5
Average Score: 3.30 / 5

Descended from the Impact 10 (AME), the 8 landed in the AMC category, but testers thought it could hold its own as an AME. Its geometry puts you in a balanced stance on edge, so you never need to hunt and peck for a solid platform. The cuff adapts to variations in leg shape, which improves steering. Salomon trimmed costs on the liner, but lateral power transmission is lightning quick. “Abundant comfort with close-to-the-foot fit,” said Schaffner.

Best For

Cruisers looking for performance.

Not For

Low-volume feet. Liner will pack out.