There's something about forbidding, towering, wind-hammered, frigid, and snowy peaks that just makes you want to stand on top of those suckers. The feeling's tough to describe, but it's powerful nonetheless. The thing is, tackling serious alpine objectives requires serious gear, not just your favorite sweatpants and a good attitude, so you'd be well served to sport footwear like the Salomon X Alp Pro GTX Women's Mountaineering Boot.
The X Alp is a relatively lightweight mountaineering boot, at about 2.5 pounds per pair, but it packs tons of support, protection, and comfort into its relatively slim package. The upper, made from tough and waterproof leather and Cordura, resists abrasion from rocks, ice, and crampons, and the textile lining helps wick moisture away from your feet to maintain a dry, comfortable, and blister-free microclimate around your feet. Even better, the upper is laminated to a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane so extended time in the snow won't lead to wet feet, which can in turn lead to more serious issues than just discomfort--frostbite's really not fun.
To keep rogue snow, ice, and debris out, Salomon topped the X Alp off with a stretchy hook-and-loop gaiter and gusseted tongue to form a snug seal around your ankle and forefoot, which is finished with the boot's self-locking eyelets for easy fit adjustment and a pinch-free fit. Underfoot, Salomon used a combination of EVA foam and Ortholite to support your arch and cushion your feet against the pounding of long climbs and rugged descents, and gave the X Alp a sole made from tough and ultra-gripy Mountaineering Contagrip rubber. The rand is designed to interface easily with hybrid crampons, and the 3D Edging chassis provides firm support when you're using French technique or trying to use small footholds on near-vertical terrain. A heel strap and additional foam stop your heel from sliding, thereby preventing blisters, and 360 rubber rand protection keeps your toes, arches, and instep from being smashed by rocks and abused by tough winter conditions.
- Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof and breathable membrane
- Waterproof full-grain leather and Cordura upper
- Textile lining
- Stretch hook-and-loop gaiter
- Mountaineering Contagrip sole with 3D Edging chassis
- EVA and Ortholite footbed
- Compressed EVA midsole
- Rubber toe cap, heel cap, and mud guard