Highlines: Our Favorite Gear From Salomon For This Winter
It is not all our favorite gear, but that would be too much to list (Editor’s Note: Big fans of the Six Piece).
Launch Lace Boa Str8Jkt Boot
Like we said in our Two Feet of Fresh review, Salomon recently went back to the drawing board in an effort to make their existing options even better. The result is the exclusive Fit to Ride Construction, which boasts boots that are thinner, lighter, and more compact. The Launch Lace STR8JKT Boa benefits from this process, 10% lighter and more streamlined than ever before, with enhanced durability. The Launch was developed by the Salomon team, and if it is good enough to stand up to the demands of Bode Merrill, Chris Grenier, and Jesse Paul, well, it’s pretty damn good. Comfort is paramount in this boot, which also features Salomon’s new Fit to Ride Liners that are constructed for maximum warmth, superior wrapping and heel hold, and zero pressure points. The redesigned STR8JKT Boa couples traditional liner laces with the Boa harness to securely hold the heel, keep things extra comfortable, and provide easy fit customization. When it comes to riding that’s rooted in a freestyle ethos, the Launch performs, Fit to Ride from the first day of the season to the fiftieth, and then some.
Huck Knife Pro Snowboard
We can be blunt about this one. The Huck Knife Pro is like the Huck Knife… only pro. It can handle anything set in front of it. Think of it as a lighter, poppier version of the team-favorite. If the regular version is a butter knife—a steadfast part of your everyday kit— the Pro is like a WARM butter knife. It cuts through everything just a bit easier. It has the classic blunt shape with all the tech for a smooth park experience that will match how you want to ride without forcing it. The combination of Salomon’s Quad Camber—traditional camber between the bindings and rocker on the tip and tail—makes for a forgiving ride that doesn’t sacrifice ollie power. The board’s flex and snap are enhanced by carbon stringers in Salomon’s Popster Booster core while the EQ Rad Sidecut provides the perfect balance of agility and fun. You’ve probably seen the clips that have been filmed on it by anyone of the team riders… so do you really need to know anymore?
Kiana Toast FB Women’s Boot
Do your feet get cold while riding on long days? SALOMON CAN HELP. Cold feet suck. That is a fact. But now, thanks to Salomon’s new Kiana Toast Focus Boa boots, you can avoid the post-session painful thaw by the fire. The Kiana Toast has all of the top-line features of Salomon’s popular Kiana boot, but now boasts the Salomon-exclusive heat liner with an integrated battery. Three different warmth positions for customizable comfort, USB charging capabilities, and eighteen battery hours of heat… you could sleep in these things if you are into that sort of thing. We can’t fall asleep with socks on, but that is beside the point. And still want the option to not get to sweaty during the spring time? Turn the heater off. There is no sacrifice to comfort and you will always feel secure with the Boa lacing system that offers two points of adjustments for precise, quick, and easy tightening to obtain a perfect fit. So what are you waiting for. Don’t get caught cold in the street, take control of the heat by your feet.
THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE HIGHLANDER… but lucky for us… there is actually two per box. They are an all-mountain capable design meant to be forgotten under your feet. You don’t walk around looking at your shadow all day, do you? Well, with the Shadowfit tech, it is the same thing. A seamless connection to the board that features a soft, urethane heel hoop coupled with a Kevlar band provides both flexibility and stability, letting you focus on the riding and not on your gear. But, if you want to nerd out… the three-piece ShadowFit baseplate results in an ultra-light binding, with supportive where needed, providing reactive freedom in every carve. The Highlander also features the Minima 3D Highback, a lightweight innovative geometric design that offers premium support and maximum control. If you want to stay out of the lowlands, get the Highlander.
Nobody likes back seat drivers… but you might like Back Seat Camber. For women that want a smooth edge-to-edge transition without sacrificing strong turning capabilities, the Salomon Bellevue is the go-to. Complete with a Quadratic sidecut that helps initiate and hold turns, you can lap all day whether it is a through pow or on groomers. The wider design allows for a smooth and stable experience in all conditions. Just as a blanket statement… if you live in a place where it snows, you will probably enjoy this board.