Changing the wrap game.
If you've seen the man-sized urban drops and butt-puckering backcountry booters Bode Merrill sends, then it should come as no surprise that he demands the best from his boots. He relies on the Salomon Men's F4.0 Snowboard Boot to meet his hard-charging needs. A stiff flex, lightweight and low-profile design, and killer fit offer the response and support he wants for serious shredding, along with the comfort he needs for multi-day backcountry missions and all-nighters in the streets.
The first thing you'll notice on the F4.0 is a closure system unlike any other. The WrapLock system features three power panels on the outside of the boot that are fused with the liner so that the entire boot forms around your foot with a single pull of the lace. Speaking of the liner, the Fusion Exhale liner has mesh channels and one-way valves that allow vapor to escape from the inside of your boot without letting moisture in so your feet stay dry. It also features Self Gel+ foam in the ankle and shin areas that conforms to the shape of your foot throughout the day as it swells during long sessions.
The Mystic 3 footbed promotes blood circulation to keep your feet warm and prevent fatigue, plus it has an anti-microbial treatment to help fight foot funk. Based on the minimalist design of running shoes, the Aero outsole is ultra-lightweight and low-profile for ultimate board feel without sacrificing cushioning.
- WrapLock closure
- Stiff flex
- Fusion Exhale liner
- Self Gel+ liner foam
- Mystic 3 footbed
- Aero outsole
Share your thoughts
Comfortable. Easy On/Off. Quality.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've worn these boots on a number of trips in Utah and Vermont, and they've been great. The wrap-lock system has excellent adjustability, far superior to typical speed lace systems, and it's faster/easier as well. The boots come on and off as fast as any boot I've worn, and get tight even on my narrow feet and skinny legs.
I wear a 11.5 street shoe, and my feet are narrow, which is why I went with Salomon. I've tried Burtons and 32s (much too wide), and Ride (average width), and I've been told Nikes are also an excellent boot for narrow feet but I haven't gotten to try them out yet, and I probably won't be trying them any time soon as I'm very happy with the Salomons. My boot size for Salomon ended up being a 10.5, they're "comfortably snug" meaning my toes touch the tip of the boot, and the Salomon F series boots do have pretty good footprint shrinking tech for those of us pushing the limit between a regular or wide board.
The flex is stiff as advertised, but it does break in a little from when you first put them on in the store. They haven't packed out much so far, and with a pair of snowboard socks my feet stay reasonably warm until the temps get into the low teens or below, which is as much as you can expect.
Not that it's the most important aspect, but they are about the best looking boots around, I get a lot of compliments on them.
wow ... perfect fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After trying the Burton SLX, ION and the Deluxe Spark V i decided to go back to Salomon; the F4 fits my feet perfectly and I love the new strap system as its simple enough yet provides options to tight the boot where you need it.