How to Adjust Salomon Evolution Ski Boots

How to Adjust Salomon Evolution Ski Boots
Salomon makes the Evolution ski boot, which is considered an all-mountain alpine boot. It has a four-buckle system of adjustment and support, along with a canting adjustment for forward or backward lean. Keeping your boots adjusted and fitted properly to your abilities and style is necessary to provide not only maximum performance, but also safety and security on the slopes.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Allen wrench
  • Skis with bindings
Step 1
Place your feet in the boots. Be sure to wear only one pair of socks, and don't tuck extra clothing, like long underwear, in the boot cuff. Start by connecting the bottom two buckles, but leave them loose. Connect the top two buckles, and keep them loose.
Step 2
Move to the third buckle from the bottom. Begin making micro adjustments to the tightness and fit of the boot. Undo the third buckle, and turn the buckle mechanism one half turn to the right to give more tension and tightness on the boot. Reconnect the buckle. Continue this process with the buckle second to the bottom. Finish with the top buckle on the upper part of the boot.
Step 3
Repeat the process with the other boot. Buckle the bottom buckle and leave it loose. Walk 10 to 20 paces in the boots, checking to see if the boots are too tight or too loose. Try to slide one finger in between the back of your calf and the boot. If you cannot slide the finger in, you have a tight and solid boot fit.
Step 4
Locate the canting adjustment on the outer side of both boots. This adjustment is approximately ankle high on the outer edge of the boot. Remove the boots and place them in the bindings of the skis. Use the Allen wrench to turn the canting adjustment to your preference. Turn the adjustment nut in quarter to half turn increments. Turn to the left to get more rearward lean to the boot, and to the right for more forward lean. Remember the more forward lean to the canting, the more aggressive a stance you'll have on the mountain.

Tips & Warnings

 
Use small, micro adjustments on the canting. A small change of 2 to 3 millimeters will make a big difference in the boots' performance and your skiing stance.
 
Always try an easy run after adjusting your boots to make sure the fit and adjustment is within your skiing abilities and level.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.