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Salomon has always been a pioneer in ski boot innovation, and their latest offering, the Salomon S/Pro Supra Boa, is no exception. These boots redefine fit and performance with a revolutionary combination of advanced technologies, all centered around the BOA Fit System. Buckle up, skiers, because we’re diving deep into the world of the Supra Boa and why it might just be your next perfect boot.
Precision Fit with a Boa-tiful Twist
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I’ve long been an advocate of Full Tilt boots largely for the comfort they afforded without sacrificing too much performance. When tasked with the notion of trying Salomon’s first foray into ski boots integrated with the BOA Fit System, I was skeptical. Not wanting to be torn away from my Full Tilt’s which now had the comfort and fit of a a pair of bedroom slippers. Much to my surprise and delight, I obliged and gave them a try.
Forget clunky buckles and pressure points. The Supra Boa introduces a completely integrated BOA Fit System. This means micro-adjustable precision at every zone of the boot, from the ankle to the instep. No more cranking down hard on the top of your foot with a traditional boot buckle. The BOA Fit System pulls from the sides thereby alleviating the pressure on the top of the foot that can often cut off circulation. Instead, imagine the feeling of a custom-molded shell that offers out of the box comfort while reacting to your every movement with a simple twist of the Boa dial.
ExoWrap: The Hug That Boosts Performance
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The key to the Supra’s unique combination of comfort and performance is Salomon’s innovative ExoWrap construction. Working in perfect harmony with the Boa Fit system, this unique shell design features an elastic belt that wraps around your foot like a second skin. Pulling from the sides (as previously mentioned) provides unparalleled foot hold. The end result? Stronger power transmission from foot to ski. No more fighting against loose heels or sloppy ankles. The Supra Boa hugs your foot for a locked-in feel that translates directly to precise ski control.
Salomon S/Pro Supra Boa: Built for Speed and Comfort
The Supra Boa isn’t just about snuggling your feet like my aforementioned decade old Full Tilts. With a flex index of 120, these boots are built for aggressive skiing on all terrain. Even in the best ski boots I always had issue with at least one foot being looser than the other. With the Salomon S/Pro Supra Boa, that is not the case. Aside from the BOA System dialing in the fit, the stiff shell and progressive flex deliver instant response and edge control. Furthermore, the Custom Sensor Liner ensures all-day comfort, even when pushing your limits.
Salomon S/Pro Supra Boa‘s Durability: Built to Last
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Some skiers might be wary of relying solely on a Boa system for their boots. But fear not! The Supra Boa uses a braided steel cable that’s incredibly strong and resistant to wear and tear. The dials themselves are also burly and built to withstand even the most demanding conditions. Plus, the Boa Fit System’s modular design makes it easy to replace individual components if needed, extending the life of your boots.
Although I have obviously only had these boots with the Boa Fit System for a short period of time, my wife has had her snowboard boots equipped with the Boa for quite some time and they have never once broke. I hope I didn’t just jinx her, or me but bottom line, is that I am confident in the strength and durability of their technology.
The Verdict: Once You Go Boa You Never Go Back
The Salomon S/Pro Supra Boa is a game-changer for all skiers who demand the ultimate in fit, performance, and adjustability. The Boa Fit System takes boot customization to a whole new level, while the ExoWrap construction and stiff flex deliver precision control and power on any terrain. If you’re looking for a boot with out-of-the-box comfort that will help you take your skiing to the next level, the Salomon S/Pro Supra Boa is definitely worth a try.
About the Author
Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. He is also the co-host of the Beyond the Après podcast. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres