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Salomon announces new on-piste alpine skiing range for winter 2022-23, including new S/PRO Alpha ski boots

2022.06.03
Salomon announces new on-piste alpine skiing range for winter 2022-23
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Salomon announces new on-piste alpine skiing range for winter 2022-23
The Salomon Alpine ski racing team has been on the upswing in recent seasons, buoyed by impressive performances from its World Cup athletes—like Marta Bassino’s World Cup overall title in giant slalom in 2021—and a crop of young talent rising up the ranks at both the international and local levels. The team’s growing strength has been built through an emphasis on service to athletes and, of course, innovative ski and boot products that are superior in function and radical design. With great service and superior products, the Salomon team has attracted a number of talented, up-and-coming young racers that are looking to become the next generation of World Cup stars. In the 2022-23 winter season, those athletes will be using a new S/RACE ski franchise—including the new S/RACE GS 12 and the S/RACE SL 12—created for committed on-piste skiers.
In ski boots, Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt leads the World Cup overall standings and has dominated the competition in giant slalom in the 2021-22 season using Salomon S/RACE ski boots. It’s in this category that Salomon has always led the industry with innovative performance and fit designs. The upcoming 2022-23 winter season will mark the launch of another truly radical product design in the category, the S/PRO Alpha ski boot range, which is designed to offer speed and performance with a new level of comfort.

"In ski boot design, everything starts with the foot because even minor foot problems can ruin a ski day," says Paul-Eric Chamay, Salomon’s Product Line Manager for Alpine ski boots. "The foot is also the key to steering the ski on the slope, so it must be well-fit to the boot and lead the movement to the ski. As podiatrists will tell you, the most important part of the foot when it comes to comfort and steering is the instep, and it’s the most delicate part of the foot anatomically."

While modern ski boots allow boot-fitters to fit both high and low insteps well, ski boots have traditionally made it difficult to fit a broad range of insteps easily. To develop the new S/PRO Alpha ski boot range, Chamay and Salomon’s Alpine ski boot Design & Development Team worked with professional boot fitters from 10 countries with decades of experience fitting feet to boots. Solving fit problem through innovative solutions has always been part of Salomon’s DNA—from the Custom Shell solution in 2008 to the My CustomFit 3D solution in 2013. Now, in the S/PRO Alpha, Salomon will unveil a new fitting solution called 3D Instep Shell Technology.

Salomon announces new on-piste alpine skiing range for winter 2022-23
Salomon announces new on-piste alpine skiing range for winter 2022-23

There are three main benefits to the 3D Instep Shell Technology in the S/PRO Alpha range, and they are found in the lower shell. First, there is more space between the two forefoot buckles, which leaves the sensitive instep area clear of any buckle pressure. Second, there is a specific 45-degree placement of the second forefoot buckle to reinforce the foothold, which is crucial for steering. Finally, Salomon redesigned the lower shell construction to dramatically improving the step-in and step-out thanks to a new "virtual hinge" that helps with opening of the overlaps.

There is also a new two-piece custom tongue that is removable from the liner via a Velcro connection. This allows boot fitters to work on the plastic tongue by relieving pressure points or adding padding to a desired area for a better instep fit, which will improve foothold.

"It’s all part of finding the perfect fit for the instep," Chamay explains. "The S/PRO Alpha allows boot-fitters to fit a broad range of insteps quite easily and much more quickly than they ever could before."

The CustomFit 4D liner also uses a Thermoformable material called Talyn on the outside of the liner, which allows a personalized fit adaptation even with the fingers and keeps softer foams closer to the ankle so it’s easier for boot fitters to improve comfort in the ankle area for the skier.

Ski boot Salomon S/PRO Alpha 130
Ski boot Salomon S/PRO Alpha 130


The entirely customizable S/PRO Alpha 130 is the hero of the new Alpha range, and was developed for skiers looking for outstanding performance and fit no matter the shape of their feet. With its easily customizable shell and liner, this 98 mm boot delivers a strong heel lock without adding unnecessary pressure on your instep and has a fully dismantlable tongue and race-like claw strap that will instantly boost your comfort and performance levels. The thinner plastic and strategic positioning of the second lower shell buckle put less pressure on the top of your foot and makes it easier to step in and out of your boots. The new 3D instep shell and 45-degree placement of the second forefoot buckle offer consistent heel hold and a more continuous foothold no matter your instep height. The Custom Shell makes it easy to optimally adapt these boots to the shape of your mid-foot area, so you can enjoy a better fit and more performance from your boots. The dismantlable, two-part, fully customizable tongue and CustomFit 4D liner with thermoformable Talyn make it easy to adapt the instep and fit to the uniqueness of your feet. It also features the race-like claw 50 mm Energized strap. All the canting adjustments and buckles on the S/Pro Alpha 130 can be un-screwed so that boot fitters can move those pieces around to achieve the best fit for every skier’s foot.

Developed to offer women outstanding performance and fit no matter the shape of their feet, Salomon’s S/PRO Alpha 110 women’s ski boot ensures a stronger heel lock without unnecessary pressure on your instep. Entirely customizable and with a fully dismantlable tongue, this 98 mm boot with elastic Energized strap offers more progressiveness at every turn. The thinner plastic and strategic positioning of the second lower shell buckle put less pressure on the top of women's feet and make it easier to step in and out of your boots. The new 3D instep shell and 45-degree placement of the second forefoot buckle ensures a more powerful heel lock and homogeneous foothold no matter your instep height. Finally, to deliver a more personalized fit, the women’s S/PRO Alpha 110 features a dismantlable, two-part, customizable tongue and CustomFit 4D liner with thermoformable Talyn, making it easy to adapt the instep and fit to the uniqueness of a woman’s foot.

Ski boot Salomon S/PRO Alpha 110 Women
Ski boot Salomon S/PRO Alpha 110 Women

The S/Pro Alpha range include five men’s models and four women’s models. The men’s collection includes the S/PRO Alpha 130 and the S/PRO Alpha 120, which are both part of the Expert line and feature the custom tongue and are fully dismantlable for easier access by boot fitters. There are also S/PRO Alpha 120 (non-expert version) and S/PRO Alpha 110 and S/PRO Alpha 100 models. The entire range is pre-mounted with GripWalk pads (the 130 is pre-mounted with Alpine pads, but comes with GripWalk pads in the box). All except the S/PRO Alpha 100 have Custom Fit 4D and Custom Shell HD fitting solutions. The Women’s collection includes the Women’s S/PRO Alpha 110 for experts, which features a Custom Tongue and has features that can all be removed so that boot fitters can better customize the boot, and the Women’s S/PRO Alpha 100, which has a custom tongue. Both models have Salomon’s Custom Fit 4D fitting construction.

There is also a Women’s S/PRO Alpha 90 and S/PRO Alpha 80. The entire women’s range also has a pre-mounted GripWalk sole and the Custom Shell HD fitting solution is offered on the S/PRO Alpha 90 and above.

Engineered to best match the needs of the most demanding skiers, the S/RACE GS 12 ski is designed for high-power runs on groomed slopes. At 68 mm under foot and featuring Salomon’s innovative Blade technology, it offers incredible underfoot stability when gliding, but with a liveliness that allows it to be instantly reactive so you never have to shave speed, from the first turn to the last. Salomon’s Blade technology fuses flexible polymer pads into the TI layer, helping you bend the ski with less effort, and letting you to turn without losing speed. To deliver faster transitions from one turn to the next, the edge-to-edge TI construction and Salomon’s Blade technology combine the stiffness you need to glide with the liveliness you want to make turns. The S/RACE GS12 features an Ash Woodcore, a race base, two sheets of Ti and a full sandwich sidewalls construction that provides a power boost to your racing performance.

For slalom racers, the new S/RACE SL 12 ski (68 mm under foot) is designed to deliver uncompromised turning speed. It features the same key technologies found in the S/RACE GS 12 ski to deliver the desired combination of underfoot stability when gliding and the liveliness needed to make high-speed turns.

Salomon S/RACE SL 12
Salomon S/RACE SL 12

With a precise grip, a light swing weight and optimal stiffness, the S/RACE Carbon ski pole provides the lightness and shock absorption of carbon, with added durability around the upper shaft so you can go full-gas. The 14 mm carbon shaft is ultralight and stiff, and a protective PU sleeve over the top half of the pole provides the protection required to bash slalom gates. A four-finger, pre-shaped racing grip offers precise fit and control, and is compatible with a hand protector. The S/RACE Carbon pole is race ready, with a carbide tip and racing basket.

Salomon’s Driver Prime helmet
Salomon’s Driver Prime helmet

Blurring the lines between visor helmets and traditional helmet-goggles combinations, Salomon’s Driver Prime helmet is the low-profile visor helmet of the future. The flawlessly integrated visor, reminiscent of the most high-tech goggles, provides a wide field of vision, while the premium fit and safety features keep your head comfortable and safe. The helmet itself features top-end impact protection technologies. MIPS, Smart Safety 360° and EPS4D are combined to deliver you the best-available protection from vertical and oblique shocks. The BOA® Fit System, MaxFit construction and merino liner offer instant comfort and fit, while the Fidlock® buckle ensures single-handed, fuss-free secure fastening. Last but not least, the SIGMA™ PHOTO magnetic lens offers great contrast and adjusts its brightness to the conditions. The magnetic lens changing system means the lens is easy to switch out, and this new visor fits perfectly over optical glasses. The Driver helmet was also the recipient of the ISPO Product Award for the Fall/Winter 2022 season at the organization’s annual winter trade show.

Sporting a fresh look, Salomon’s fully revamped Aksium 2.0 goggle delivers all the fit and protection you’ll need for carefree days on the slopes. The combination of a multilayer lens with a stylish mirrored finish, durable flexible frame, and anatomical fit pack top-notch performance and comfort into a sensibly priced pair of goggles. With two layers of face foam and silicone on the inside of the strap, the Aksium 2.0 goggle easily adapts to the shape of your face and stays in place all day. The goggle is also made with durable, flexible materials so you can enjoy impeccable vision and comfort season after season. The multilayer lens has an attractive mirrored finish that filters out reflected glare, protects your eyes from UV rays and looks good, too.

Salomon Radium Pro SIGMA goggle
Salomon Radium Pro SIGMA goggle

The new Aksium 2.0 small goggle features the same wide field of vision, fit, comfort, durability and eye protection of the Aksium 2.0, but is the best choice for women, teenagers and smaller faces.

A high performing, comfortable and stylish, the frameless Radium Pro SIGMA goggle feature top-of-the-line ventilation and color-amplifying SIGMA™ lens with Anti Fog +, so you can enjoy a goggle that won’t let you down in any weather conditions. The frameless design offers an extended field of vision and the spherical SIGMA™ lens amplifies color contrast with minimal optical distortion, while the Anti Fog + treatment keeps fog away. The Custom ID Fit technology provides superior fit even when worn with optical glasses, while the no-slip silicone strap keeps your goggles in place through all the action.

The new waterproof, windproof Brilliant jacket is made from bluesign® approved fabric and has everything you need for a day on the slopes including a four-way stretch material to a powder skirt and air vent system. Made from recycled fibers, the PrimaLoft® Black Eco 100g insulation keeps out the cold and aligns with more sustainable values.

The new Brilliant ski pants feature removable suspenders and belt loops, four-way stretch material and waist adjustments for a comfy fit that’s just right. Made from recycled fibers, the PrimaLoft® Black Eco 60g insulation offers all the lightweight warmth and comfort needs, and is more sustainable, too.

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