From heli board expeditions to the steeps at Squaw, the Salomon Malamute Snowboard Boot gives you the power and control to put it all on the line.
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I rode these for three seasons. I never had one hot spot or any discomfort at all. It was almost as though I was wearing sneakers instead of stiff snowboarding boots.
Maly's fit me perfect, I've got a pretty narrow foot. Super stiff for riding fast and going large. Mine have 2 seasons of 50+ days (resort and splitboarding) on them and they're still going.
Replace the insoles - all snowboard boots come with crap footbeds. I've been using the Sole Ed Viesturs with good results.
I've owned a dozen pairs of snowboarding boots and these stomp the snot out of everything else I have ever had. They are super stiff (for a snowboard boot), they are comfortable, even if they took a few days to break in, and they are warm. I love my malamutes, I am a better rider because of them.
I just got back from 10 days in the Tiyrolian Alps and couldn't have loved these boots more. Without much chance to wear them before hand it took a bit to get them broken in. Once they packed out, I couldn't have been more comfortable. Good and stiff for the big stuff but I could put enough flex into them have fun anywhere. Definitely an all mountain boot geared towards the steeps.
try to make em last
Have to agree with much of what I read in the reviews. The malamute is comfy especially considering it is the stiff boot in the line up. Fairly easy to break in...Next to the F24 nothing seems easy anymore...great boot if you want a comfy, stiff, all mountain/freeride boot. I put in 85 days on these last season and think I can go one more...have a little wear spot on the outside of each heel because it rubs on the heel cup of my binding, other than that they are still chrging.
Is this boot comparable to the Optima......
Is this boot comparable to the Optima... I want a narrow boot, but I would love to have the stiffness of the malamute
Yep! You're totally right. The Optima is the stiffest boot in the women's line, with a custom fit. Also the new Optima has the option of going Therm-ic which means battery backs and 12 hours of heat. Salomon makes the best snowboard boots in the industry, in my opinion. I won't ride anything else now that I've tried them.
Malamute Black Label
Malamutes are comfortable and easy to walk at the end of the day. First time, I tried those on were very hard to fit my foot in. But, after four or five time using those they were easy to wear. I have bein wearing these boots since september 07, first time a tried Malamute was in Bariloche, Argentina then Spain, Baqueira Beret and USA, Vail last week. After some season of use and abuse Malamutes look like a new pair of boots and work much better every time I used those. On the other hand, Malamutes give you a perfect bending fit and give you an excellent control on you board. I highly recommend Malamute Boots by Salomon.
New Season=New Malamutes
Been riding these boots for the past 4 seasons and have no complaints. Super comfortable liners. Customized is always better but when it comes to factory liners you'll have a very hard time finding better. Super easy lacing system and I haven't ever had problems with the laces fraying or breaking. Really stiff boot to start out and they keep most of it but when these finally break in they are butters. They stay incredibly responsive but get a real nice mellow flex to them that makes em perfect. If you're looking for a high performance boot for anywhere on the mountain grab these. Mixed with a medium stiff binding you've got a set up that will kill it anywhere on the mountain. You will not be disappointed in salomon boots, especially these ones. I won't ride anything else, cept maybe the f24s next year...
Malamutes are comfortable, easy and fast to put on. Inserts are a great feature seeing as some people's ankles/feet may not be that big. Stiff and responsive boot. Good Buy. I'll be buying Salomon boots from now on.
Very Good Depending on Riding Style
This is the second pair of Malamutes I've owned and they are the best boots I have ever owned based on performance. They are stiff and very responsive and best suit a rider that does everything (freeride/freestyle). They break-in very well and are comfortable. The only problem I had with my first pair was that they fell apart by the end of the season. The laces broke in several places. This was after riding and working in them everyday for 5.5 months.
4 YEARS AGO...
I bought these boots. They have about 50 days on them now. I just got a blister on my back heel for the first time because of pack-out. I replaced the insoles twice. The laces are frayed, as another reviewer mentioned. Another annoying design flaw is that the outer tongue now slides-out to one side after a few runs regardless of how tight the boot is laced.
Here is what is great about them: They are easily the best boots on the market. They have an inner strap to hold your foot down and prevent heel lift. All boots should have this! They lace so quickly and stay tight, it's absurd... and yet, nothing else will do. They excel in steep terrain and are very stiff without being restrictive.
This design should be improved in small ways to make it perfect.
malamute snowboard boot
I purchased the boot at the end of the season a few years ago. The boot is very warm. When I first got the boot it was very difficult to get my foot into it. The boot was
really stiff. It eventually loosened up .Now after using the boot about 40 times it has really packed out. I had to go to a thicker sock and replace the insole. I also noticed that the laces are fraying. This is because many ski resorts don't have a foot rests on the lifts so I rest the board on my right foot
when riding the chair. I will purchase another pair , likely at the end of this season. You will have great control of your board with this boot. It is very responsive
and you can really feel the board respond with a thin sock.
Jury's Still Out
I bought last years model new for this season. The first thing I had to do is replace the insole. It's interesting that expensive/quality boots have low quality insoles. Most boot manufacturers seem have this mindset. These boots also fit smaller than I was expecting as I have to wear an ultralite sock to fit comfortably into these boots. We'll see how they break in. The lacing system for this boot is convenient and I didn't need to tighten up midday. Though I am concerned how the technology will stand after day 20 with the thin laces.