Jun 17, 2013 by StingRey
Ability Level: Advanced •
Riding Style: Aggressive Hard Charging •
Days You Ride A Year: 50+
For what it is, a very soft flexible boot for park/street/jibbing, it just feels great. Strictly speaking on comfort, the Outsiders are easily my most comfortable boots. These are part of my park set-up which includes Salomon Outsider Boots, Union Contract Pro Bindings and Lib Tech Bunter Box Scratcher. An incredibly playful jib friendly set up that is just what the Outsider is built for.
So let's get this straight, if you have narrow heels and are always dealing with heel lift, give Salomon boots a try. I can honestly say riding in Salomon boots has made a night and day difference. Thank you James for recommending I try Salomon boots. That said if your feet are wide be advised these might not fit, as always give them a try first. Any good shop will let you demo. Also ask James and the Good Ride crew for advice, their recommendations have been on point. I've personally never met anyone that complained of the tight fit, most that also wear Salomons on the mountain do so for the supportive narrow heel that doesn't pack out.
Now as for the laces, they only come up to your ankle or just to the top of your foot if you like more freedom of movement. The ankle is supported well within the soft Free-Flex collar and after one season they still feel great with plenty of seasons still left in them. Easily the fastest break-in of any boot I've owned, they just keep feeling better the longer I wear them. The entire boot upper has just one big Velcro strap to tighten it up, that's it. Now you can pull the upper tight and carve with these boots on a very soft board. I've done it, so it is possible. But that is just not what these boots are for. Instead of snowboard boots, think of the Outsiders as more like insulated skate shoes with very high tops. Laced to the top of the foot with the upper kinda loose while boning out a sick move are what these shoes are meant for.
Salomon itself makes no bones about it or it's target customers. That one upper strap can be quickly unstrapped and loosened while the soft gummy shoe traction lets you run and book out before getting busted for jibbing that public work of art. They call it the Hit & Run system. Overall keeping in mind what this soft flexible boot is designed for, I can't really think of any negatives. No they are not stiff enough for strapping into an aggressive all mountain/Freeride board. No they do not carve as well as my F22's, but that is not what the Outsiders are designed for. If I had to be picky, I'ld say the insoles are thin and kinda flimsy. I switched the original insoles out for some Bigfoot insoles from Remind. If you want a flexible, loose, playful setup for park and street the Outsiders should be considered.
Thank You again James and The Good Ride Crew for tirelessly testing everything they can and honestly giving good solid objective advice and recommendations.