Salomon MTN Explore W ski boot review, 2017/2018 women's Backcountry Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

The Salomon MTN Explore W is surprisingly strong and stable for a lightweight 90 flex, testers said. The snug fit and lack of excess bulk in both liner and shell translated into high agility scores and rapid fire transitions turn to turn. "Active and spirited, really fun to ski," said Powderly. "Great for the advanced skier in any backcountry terrain." While the rockered and tech-compatible Salomon MTN Explore W would probably not be a first choice for majority in-resort skiing, testers said it would do just fine there.

Evenly snug the way a 98-mm last should fit was the group's consensus, perhaps with a little extra breathing room for the calf at boot top. "Great touring boot all around," remarked Miles. "Good fit for the narrow foot." Testers liked the MTN Explore W's flex feel and amount of cushion in the tongue and felt that two buckles and a power strap did the job to close up shop around the foot and leg just fine. Salomon's sleek and sideways flip switch of the Surelock cuff release mechanism is always a hit with testers for its ease of use, and they appreciated little elements like the dual liner pull loops for easier entry.