The Salomon Malamute boot is the Burton Driver X’s main competitor. It’s stiff, mean, aggressive and one of the most expensive boots Salomon sells. If you combine this boot with a stiff binding and a good freeride snowboard you’ll have a good ride.
The 2015 Salomon Malamute has the same ride as the 2014 except it has a reduced the footprint which was long overdue. It’s still 1/2 size or more than most really reduced footprint boots but it seems like it’s 1/2 size smaller than the previous years.
Size 9 boot
Bindings: Burton Diode, Flux DMCC
Boards: Slash ATV, Rossignol One Magtek
Fit: The fit of these boots for me feels a touch roomy on a size 9. I feel like I’m in between an 8.5 and 9. If I kept the 9 I’d probably use some boot fitting foam to fill it in as it packed out.
Flex: If you like a stiff freeride boot here you go. It’s a very stiff rigid boot.
Comfort: If you have a big foot or large calves, the Malamute might run a bit tight. It also has a cuff that has a bend designed at the ankle to make the forward lean easier. I don’t think they make this in wide.
Heel Hold: Pretty good grip for me around the heel.
Adjustability: To us at the good ride that makes the Salomon Malamute one of the most adjustable boots you can buy.
Flex Retention: Salomon boots hold their flex pretty well and there is some decent ankle articulation going on here. However it’s not going to be the same as when you started 100 days later. It breaks down and isn’t really a leader when it comes to flex retention. Is it bad? No its pretty good…..it’s just not at the very top.
Turn Initiation: The Malamute is also able to bend any board to its will and is one of the top freeride choices you can make. The Malamute is a serious snowboard boot with amazing turn initiation. It’s not ideal for those that are riding easier turning boards. It can overpower them and make the board feel jerky edge to edge.
Traction: Great traction.
Shock Absorption: Very damp and pretty shock absorbent.
Footprint: 2015- Huge improvement over last year. It’s not super reduced and still a good 1/2 size smaller than the F-Series boots in Salomon’s line but it’s not going to be a crazy big difference any more. 2014 and belowDespite it’s high price the footprint is really large. Actually it’s one of the largest footprints I’ve seen. Boots like Ride and Burton are a size or even more smaller on the outside so don’t get this boot if you are bordering between binding or board sizes and you want to size down.
On & Off Ease: The speed lacing system isn’t quick like some of its competitors but you can custom adjust the lower and each rung of the upper.
All in all this is one of the better stiff freeride boots you can choose. Not much has changed from 2011 to 2012 and both are great boots. The 2013 and 2014 Salomon Malamute is pretty close to the previous models as well.
The 2014 Salomon Malamute
The Footprint was much bigger with the 2014 and below Salomon Malamute. The 2015 Salomon Malamute is about 1/2 size smaller. Here is a comparison between the very reduced footprint boot the Ride Anthem which is one of the best in the industry.