If you look up “love-hate relationship” in a thesaurus, one of the resulting synonyms will be “ski boots!” Ski boots are the most important piece of ski equipment whether you’re a beginner or an expert. But since the beginning of recreational skiing, ski boots have also been the source of the most frustration.
It’s difficult to imagine many skiers who truly love their ski boots. They can be difficult to get on or off. They can be too tight or too loose. They can even hurt. But we accept the struggle to get the performance.
However there are still some remnants of a radical group who thought ski boots should be easy to put on and comfortable. Those are the rear-entry ski boot fanatics.
Alden Hanson was the chief scientist for Dow Chemical in the late 1960s. He and his two sons Chris and Denny were also skiers. The elder Hanson had developed a flow material and eventually interested Lange boots in using it for their boot liners. Chris and Denny went to work for Lange and Lange-Flo was born. That’s a good-news-bad-news story that will have to wait for another column. The two brothers would be fired by Lange in 1969 – not about Lange-Flo, but because they were working on their own radical new ski boot design.
Chris and Denny Hanson would start their own company, Hanson Industries, and produce the first rear-entry ski boot in 1971. Their father, Alden, officially holds the patent on the design.
I received several correct answers concerning who invented the rear-entry ski boot. The first was from a non-skiing friend, Anne Nichols Pierce, who is a court reporter. She knew the answer because she had been the recorder for a deposition from Alden Hanson in a skiing accident liability suit years ago! Other correct answers came from former Hanson ski boot owner Rick Scotti and Stowe Host Bill Kornrumpf.
Rear-entry boots were easy to put on, simple to close, and many people found them comfortable to wear. Hanson split the front of the boot and used a sliding clamp to adjust flex. Slide the clamp to the top for the stiffest flex, slide the clamp to the bottom for the softest flex.
The rear-entry design caught on quickly with recreational skiers. By 1975 Hanson was competing with Lange for market share. By 1980 they were producing 120,000 ski boots a year which was approximately 50% of the United States market. You saw a lot of the bright orange or lime green Hansons on the slopes.
But the Hansons made some bad business decisions including buying the Hexcel ski company. Then the 1982-83 ski season was hurt by a lack of snow which translated into poor sales. In 1984 the Hansons ran out of cash and sold the company to Daiwa of Japan. Hanson ski boots disappeared from the United States and European markets.
Many ski boot companies would try to fill the void left by Hanson’s departure by introducing rear-entry models. Even Lange would have some rear-entry boots. However Salomon would have the most success in the rear-entry ski boot market. They actually went after the high performance racing market with their SX-9x series that had a more complicated design to adjust hold-down and flex. Just like the Hanson they caught on quickly and developed a fanatical following, but again only with recreational skiers.
Bob Walker took up skiing “late in life” during the 1980s. He started with Salomon’s first rear-entry boot the SX-90. After ten plus years he upgraded to the SX-93 which he then skied on until about 2005. “They were warm, comfortable, easy to get on and…I liked the idea that you could adjust the stiffness by just sliding a control on the front of the boot.” Bob now logs more than a million vertical feet of skiing a season in the Lake Tahoe region with conventional front-entry boots.
Somewhere in the late 1990s ski boot companies began to retreat from rear-entry boot models. To my knowledge only Alpina still advertises a rear-entry, medium-priced model now. The accepted explanation is that conventional front-closing ski boots are now easier to put on and more comfortable so there’s no need for rear-entry models. Hmmm? Am I the only one who doesn’t buy that explanation?
Meanwhile I’m betting if we get some snow this season, I’ll still see someone using 25-year-old Salomon SX92’s probably on some skinny Dynastars! Say what you will, at least their boots are comfortable!
February 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm
Still on my SX92s but gave up my old Rossi skis for some new Volkl RTMs.
December 20, 2020 at 12:58 am
Worked at a hill. In and out of Sx92 or 93 multiple times a day. Finally broke them, to discover they were no more. Broke boots last year, went to get the new Nordica, but they didn’t come in my size (yet). Sigh … front entry again.
December 4, 2021 at 3:44 am
Have you checke out apex ski boots? I LOVE mine. The most comfortable boot i have ever used and still super responsive.
January 12, 2022 at 11:55 pm
Nordic a hf 110 is rear entry and comfy good luck
June 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm
I still have Salomen rear entry boots , and still prefer old Rossignol skis.But am getting used to a pair of wooden core Volkl new skis…I just don’t like the way they turn themselves…..perhaps great for beginners.but I learned to ski age 5 at Sun Valley in 1954and both parents were on 5 Olympic teams between them. 1932 through the 1940 teams when the games were cancelled due to the war.
The Solomon rear entry Boots are the best …remember the pain of the early Langes…medieval torture instruments !
December 29, 2016 at 4:09 am
Hey Kris !
Oh, WOW, do I hear you re the old Lange boots, the very first!
OMG, they KILLED my feet. I had forgotten how miserable my life was when i skied with them; indeed, just WEARING them brought travail.
I had a pair of rear-entry ski boots in the 1970s or ’80s, and yeeee-yow, did I love them. Into or out of the boots in minus one minute.
Hey, thanks for the trip down memory lane, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January 10, 2020 at 2:12 am
Lange Bandhees, man!
March 12, 2017 at 4:52 pm
I am still skiing with my Salomon rear entry boots! Started skiing young in 1969 and after years of Nordica, Lange, Fischer (I think) and pain, my Salomons are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever had. If I could drive a car in them I would wear them all the time. As a nurse, comfortable, supportive foot wear is important. The clomping does wake some patients up, but with these I have the energy for 12+ hour shifts and a relaxing glide down the slopes after.
February 8, 2021 at 10:38 pm
Very funny post Debbie, you made my evening!
February 18, 2021 at 1:20 am
The Langes weighed a ton. My brother had a pair of size 13s. You could use them as weights for working out!
Me, I’m still on my SX 92s. Best boots ever. Raced in them in the early 90s. Now use them with a new pair of Volkl skis. One of the best features is that you loosen the buckle and can walk with ease. Their great for climbing hills or walking around the chalet. Don’t know why they ever stopped making them.
May 29, 2021 at 6:38 pm
Still rocking SX 91’s and just picked up some Nordica 357’s at a yard sale lol. Had a nice new pair of new front entry boots but they are too heavy and you can’t adjust them. I also can’t tie them without straining my achilles. So please
Salomon make a pair of SX 22’s for us in the know.
September 18, 2016 at 2:58 am
You found me! I still use rear entry boots mounted to skinny long Dynastars. Surprisingly, they are still in near new condition as I take very good care of my gear. Every time I ski, mostly at Copper Mountain or Keystone, I get comments from fellow riders on the lifts about my ‘old school’ or ‘Retro’ set up! I keep saying this will be the year I embrace the new technology, but at 50 years old, I am too comfortable with my 21 year old equipment, so until something with my skis or boots wears out or breaks, I will be sticking with the tried and true. And no, they are not for sale!
December 28, 2019 at 2:27 am
I have been skiing for 50 years and bought Solomon rear entry boots in 1982 (I had Hansen’s before that). I am still skiing in my 37 year old boots and loving them.
January 19, 2020 at 4:53 pm
I have been skiing 58 years and still use my Salomon SX61 white rear entry boots and love them for the ease of entry and comfort.
I do feel a bit embarrassed though, handing them over for ski fitting in the hire shop.
Like another poster, I started on leather lace-ups that were like walking boots and hopeless. My late father had the unenviable job of tightening up the laces on mine and my sisters as they loosened on the slopes.
I ski in Europe and for the last 2 years when hiring skis have been warned about the risk of the plastic shell shattering. In fact yesterday I was shown an old shattered boot (not Salomon) that was quite alarming to see, but I still stick with them and keep my fingers crossed.
Surprised to find this week in Zurs that I qualified for a significant reduction on the lift pass price for being a senior citizen. So a benefit of age – but makes me more concerned about my joints wearing out than the rear-entries!
I heard from the Ski-tech that Head have introduced rear entry boots so will be following this up as a back-up plan.
April 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm
I also have a pair of Salomon SX61 and I love mine as well. Unfortunately, the heels need to be replaced and I have been unable to find replacements online anywhere. Would you happen to know where I might find some?
October 31, 2020 at 2:42 pm
My heels are worn as well but still fit in my bindings. I broke a strap on one of my buckles last year and can’t find a replacement
February 23, 2021 at 8:09 pm
Looking for Solomon 83 EXP sole plates.
May 18, 2021 at 8:14 pm
Any luck in find the heel for the SX61 boots? Lou
August 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm
Last year ski tech refused to drill my new skis for my ‘rotten’ Koflatch boots from 1994.
September 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm
If the Salomon SX-92 came out again I would buy them in a second. Most comfortable recreational boot I ever had until the hinge pin rivet on the cable lever broke. One lever, two adjustable tightening cables for shin and foot. Pull the lever up to loosen on the ride up and let the blood get back to you feet. Push it back down at the top and you are good to go. Can’t do that with the 4 buckle plus velcro crap of a front entry. C’mon Salomon, or somebody. It was a great design. Give it another run.
May 12, 2020 at 4:37 pm
To chime in on this rear entry boot discussion, there are several (many reasons) manufacturers abandoned the rear entry design. Patents by conventional (conventional entry) manufacturers patents expired, performance characteristics of rear entry boot were seriously flawed (performance comes from putting your foot and ankle closer to the boot shell, rather than having internal adjustments move it further from the boot shell), too many internal moving parts (cables, plastic plates etc). Conventional top entry boots have always done the opposite, never mind to convenience aspect. Close 4 buckles on a conventional top entry boot, you effectively bring the outer shell closer to you foot and ankle, close one buckle on a rear entry, snug the boot up internally with knobs and adjustments, the outer shell is further from your foot and ankle, the main source of initiating any skiing turn, recreational, performance or otherwise.
December 7, 2022 at 5:48 pm
Your theory is seriously flawed; although, that is the flawed reasoning that persists, and has resulted in the extinction of the rear entry boot. The performance of a boot is not predicated on any relationship of the foots distance from the shell; or at least not in the simplistic terms your reasoning suggests. The crossing cables in the rear entry are the genius, and the critical stabilizing force that secures the heel and mid foot; which are the principal components of boot performance.
April 22, 2021 at 10:31 am
same here. mine were SX92 equipe R
February 4, 2022 at 10:00 pm
You nailed it Dave; its the ability to loosen that 1 simple rear adjustment and get the blood flowing. I would loosen them every ride up.
I was STILL (joyfully!) skiing my SX 90 Equipe’s until literally last week (the cable for the back adjustment finally separated from the rivet). I have pictures of me in them from 1983; I think 39 years is pretty good value for money! I’m desperately searching for a solution because I don’t want to give up the combo of comfort and performance they’ve delivered all these years! (The occasional… “Hey, I had a pair of those… loved ’em!” in the lift line was just a nice side benefit)! 😉
February 20, 2022 at 11:57 pm
I’m still on my 91s and just scored a backup on ebay, but I got a pair of 92s sitting I’m my closet if anyone need, size 11, 350-55
October 26, 2016 at 3:00 am
I agree with the rest, I am still on my red SX 81’s and K2 KVC Comp (200’s). My 17 year old son laughs but the last time we were out and he thought he could beat me down the hill, he got a rude awakening. I cannot believe Salomon does not bring the rear entry boots back. I have been waiting a long time for these. With new shell and liner materials, I would be the first in line. The old boots had a great design and so much adjustability. Who cares if racers do not like them, how much money is there from racers, half of them get there boots for free. The Rec market pays the bills and easy entry, comfort, adjustability, and the fact that no other companies make them in mind says they sell like hot cakes!
December 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm
I agree and btw, I also have a pair of K2KVC comps(190). I feel like a celebrity when I ski with my retro equipment. Everyone has a comment like “I have a pair of them, hanging on my wall”, “best boots I ever owned”. Great conversation starter. Equipment makers take note.
November 18, 2016 at 8:13 pm
Yup, I’m still on the rear entry boots – any model as I can get. As they start to wear out I have to buy ‘new’ on ebay! They are the only type of boot that doesn’t give me cramp and I’ve tried countless others. The only others that come near are the Full Tilt, but can I get these or the Alpina in Europe….nope. Someone out there, listen, start producing the rear entry boots again…..please, before my skiing days are over!
November 23, 2016 at 3:02 pm
I get frustrated with the ski industry always saying yesterday’s technology is so outdated or even dangerous that we have to buy new stuff every year. The idea that a rear entry boot is only good for a beginner or intermediate at best is ludicrous. While I agree you probably don’t want to ski competitively with them, you can certainly be aggressive and have good control. I had a pair of Nordica 927s for years that I absolutely loved. They were worn and I tossed them before I realized you can’t replace them. I continue to look for something comparable and have so far had no luck.
November 1, 2020 at 9:19 am
Update 2020: Take a look at these – https://www.nordica.com/hf/
November 25, 2016 at 6:59 am
I bought the Alpina R4.0 at the end of the season last year. Looking forward to trying them out as soon a our local ski area opens!
Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Alpina-Rear-Entry-Boots-2016/dp/B01FG9RRV4
January 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm
I did too. But do you know how to adjust the strap as they’re a little tight around the calf.
December 3, 2019 at 4:05 am
Coming into this a couple years after the fact, but if you’re still wondering: they made top longer cables for the SX90 and 91, you might find them on ebay
The SX92 had internal cables, don’t know if there was any workaround for them, but a machine shop or clever garage shop type might be able to make an extender to screw between the cable end and the threaded adjusters
December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm
I have an an old pair of Munari MS3s tried to get into newer boots and for a recreational guy like me it was so much less comfortable. I have had so many people tell me I’m going to break my leg. there is this myth about the dangers of a rear entry boot, I really believe that when the manufacturing adapted the modern boot design and everyone started doing it retailers just used that as an excuse to get customers looking for a rear entry boot off their backs. By the way I’m only 27, my boots are older then me, my uncle gave them to me when I complained of foot pain from an old hockey injury while skiing.
December 23, 2016 at 11:33 am
This guy must have seen me on the slopes at Okemo. Salomon SX81 rear entry boots and Dynastar Vertical skis from the 1990s ! At 68 yrs old, I’m a cruiser who can still do the black diamonds if they dont have moguls. I dont need no stinkin new skis just because they are “easier to turn”. A real man can ski on skinny skis not them whimpy wide boards. I will keep my rear entry boots until they break…most comfortable boots I ever owned and I can tighten them down very well if need be.
October 15, 2017 at 9:19 pm
Mike, I’m 70 and your comments have me laughing. Totally agree. Used my 1978 Salomon SX 90 e until they fell apart . .. the plastic holding the buckle cables cracked. As comfortable as you can make a boot. With the “e” you could get a “stiff” tongue on a free request. Very nice for more edging and turning. (on Atomic skis, Marker bindings)
I grew up on cable bindings (Dovre) and leather boots. Manly-manly . .. “pain”! A step up from wooden planks and rope I suspect. Modern is better but I’ve yet to find better than the Salomon SX 90s.
January 3, 2017 at 2:43 am
Used rear-entry off and on since they first came out in the 70s. Three of the four members in the family use them (Solomon and Rachlie).
I did have a bad experience this year when my Tecnicas blew apart. I noticed the first one while on the Gondola(front toe fell off) , the second one fractured and front half was falling off by the time I got to the rental shop, where they are currently on display.
I have had multiple foot surgeries so rear-entry is the most comfortable and only practical boot for me. Luckily the rental shop had a new pair of rear-entry boots from Nordica. Skied with them for two days comfortably.
February 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm
I’ve been using rear entry Salomon boots since…well, I can’t remember the year I purchased them! SK 72 Friends tell me they are no longer safe to wear because the pads on the underneath side are chipping away. But, I’ll continue to use them until they fall apart and I can’t attach to my ski bindings. Hey, anyone know? Can I replace these pieces? My feet are comfortable and never cold!!!! I’m hoping before my skiing days are over that someone will bring back the design????.
February 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm
I had a pair of rear entries for years and loved them for their ease of use and comfort. The heels had worn so much from scraping on lodge concrete floors and stairs that my ski shop said they were no longer stable enough for a step-in binding to hold them safely. These heels were screwed to the sole and were replaceable, but I missed the last new parts available by two years. By the way, for true warmth and comfort, I have never experienced the equal of my very first ski boots, which were hand-made in Austria entirely of leather with separate lacing systems for the inner boot and outer shell.
February 18, 2017 at 7:42 am
From my memory banks …I owned a pair of Humanic (long gone as a boot brand) black plastic rear entry boots with a couple of flexible cable external closures in the early 70’s.I have NEVER seen a pair on eBay or a photo of these. Anybody else own a pair of these ski shoes? I think a bought a pair of Scott’s next season.
May 2, 2018 at 8:44 pm
When you go onto ebay, try searching for “Dynafit” boots.
Humanic changed their name to this in the mid 70’s I believe.
Maybe this re-branded boot offered a rear entry model that was similar to the old Humanic.
February 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Skiing Taos today and went back to my Solomon SX82
Boots since the rentals killed my feet yesterday . If 82
Designates the year then I guess I got them around then
but thought I had them By 1980
September 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm
@Ray, as I recall, the first number in old Salomon-speak designated the relative experience of the wearer to which they were targeted. So the SX-60s and -70s were meant for intermediate skiers (and I think there were SX-40s and -50s aimed at beginners). The second number indicated the version number of the boots, so SX-82s were the successor to SX-81s, which had replaced SX-80s.
Your SX-80s were for advanced (or high-intermediate-to-advanced), while the SX-90s were for advanced to expert. I say “SX-80s” because you certainly could be remembering right about having had them in 1980, but all Salomons ended in “0” that year. The SX-n1 series began around 1984, followed by the -n2s around 1988, and the final SX-n3s a few years after that.
This is all based on my slightly hazy recollections of working a wonderful season in Tahoe at the Alpine Meadows rental/repair shop about 34 years (good lord!) ago, so YMMV.
December 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm
Not sure this thread is still alive? I had the SX70s, which were supposed to be freestyle, rather than intermediate. Sadly, I cut them up, trying to convert them into support for some low leather telemark boots. Obviously, that didn’t work. But I’ve just bought a pair of as-new SX82s, and a pair of unused SX80s for my wife. Will be fun to see how they work.
February 28, 2023 at 2:46 am
I have a pair of Salomon SX-72 that I bought new in 1994 (give or take a year). I have a pair of SX-82 that I bought used and don’t know when they were sold new. The SX-82 is very similar to the SX-72, so it was probably sold new in the mid-90s. If anyone knows where to get replacement heels for either of these, PLEASE RESPOND.
February 26, 2022 at 8:17 pm
I just pulled my SX82s out with an eye toward a late season ski this week. The heels/toes are in rough shape which is how I found this thread. Sounds like replacement parts are a no-go… But, I love those boots and I’m fine skiing the same “vintage” skis I’ve always ski-ed. I’ve got a friend with a 3D printer, so I may just make my own replacement heels and toes.
April 15, 2022 at 2:51 am
I still have my SX-82’s and have been trying to find out the exact year they were made, but coming up empty. However, I do know that I got them sometime between 1978 – 1980.
February 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm
I’ve used my SX91 Équipe rear entry boots, K2 skies w/Salomon 747 bindings since mid 89’s and Fischer SC4 skies with Tyrolia 390 bindings (which I have hardly used). Going to Mammoth this weekend and my local REI tech says should not use them. Won’t tuneup the bindings & Mfrs can’t guarantee both bindings to release properly, since they are old. Rent the ski and boots @ Mammoth.
Appreciate sharing your thoughts.
March 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm
I’ve been skiing for 54 years. About 25 years ago a friend stopped skiing and gave me his ski equipment including his rear entry Soloman boots. While they looked really stupid in white color I tried them and have skied happily in them since. I remain an avid supporter of the technology and design today. Why the industry departed from this direction is beyond me. I see people today struggle to get their boots on and off and suffer with discomfort as they did 50 years ago.This past year the rear plastic sole on my boot disintegrated. Rather than replace with new boots, to my wife horror, I i made a new sole out of Maple in my wood shop. Works great. Making one for other side now.
April 17, 2018 at 4:21 am
I have rear entry soloman boots that I bought years ago at a resale shop. The toe and heel pads are crumbling. I love my boots and have never had cold feet in them. Is it possible to purchase new soles from you for my boots?
February 24, 2019 at 2:43 am
I need to replace the toe and heel pads too. Were you able to find these?
February 24, 2019 at 2:45 am
I need to replace the toe and heel pads too. Is there any way you would want to meek those for me as well?
May 21, 2019 at 7:40 am
My husband has made pads for his SX91’s from the soles of old boots. I still ski in rear entry Salomon boots since they are comfortable warm, easy on and off and don’t destroy my feet. Please bring them back, not everyone cares about “performance ” skiing.
January 28, 2023 at 11:02 pm
Totally agree with you, William. I have used (and loved) my rear entry Salomon SX-72 boots for over 25 years. But, my heel plates are crumbling. I have thought about 3D printing new ones. Anyone got a 3D (STL) model of the SX-72 heel plate? And advice for the best plastic material to use? I have access to a Prusa printer that works well. Kudos to your wood working skills!
March 31, 2017 at 9:32 pm
About 15 years ago, I went on a spree and bought on-line multiple pairs of Salomon SX-9x rear entry boots to equip the entire family. I still ski with my SX-91s, and have two pairs of virtually untouched SX-91 Equipe and SX-93.
Before I purchased these boots, I had a pair of SX-90s which finally failed (toe cracked) took a left turn and purchased a pair of front-entry Nordicas which I hated. Then, made the course correction and back to rear-entry Salomons.
February 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm
I skied and raced in SX91 Equipe boots and wished that I had the pull of World Cup winner Marc Girardelli, who had extras made when they were discontinued, but I had to give them up in the late 1990s when the plastic got so soft that they were only good for moguls.
I suffered for more than a decade with the best overlap boots that I could find, but I finally, like you, started buying Salomon Equipe rear entry boots on eBay until I found some that I liked. I used some SX93 Equipe boots for a year and then found my current SX92 Equipe R boots, which I think were made for me and put away until I was ready to buy them. 😀
My daughter loves her SX 92 Equipe boots, but the rest of my stash I am keeping for myself.
April 9, 2017 at 2:01 am
I have skied on Solomon rear entry boots since 1985. I upgraded to my current SX92 in 2001. I bought them on e-bay. So comfortable, one buckle and my setting is always the same and correct. I am an old (76) recreational skier and do black and double black diamond runs some of the time. I have never felt that my boots lacked performance or precision. My late wife was so jealous of my first pair (in 85) that she went right out and bought some herself. She used these for the rest of her life. You can ski better if your feet are comfortable. Why did they stop producing this wonderful product?
April 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm
Skied the Hansens for as long as they lasted and then went to the salamon and still ski them . Have no idea why some Do not bring them back , Im geting older at 76 now so best hurry or my Salomons might give out
April 26, 2017 at 4:36 am
Nike is steeling your design for their rear entry high top shoe. Check it out!!!
June 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm
We sold a lot of ski boots at Rachle Molitor USA in the 80s! d Guess who was the OEM manufacturer for those boots? Dalbello. This “cool factor” with front entry boots drives me nuts. Rear entry boots were unquestionably more comfortable for more skiers. What we forget is that they also performed great for most skiers! Our industry switched back to overlap and traditional front entry boots in the late 90s. Look at our skiing numbers since. People forget that 4 time World Cup Racing ace Mark Girardelli wore Salomon rear entry boots! Remember?
July 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm
Great to read these comments, “only” been skiing since 98 so missed rear entry boots and worked my way thru 2 pairs of front entry boots before got fed up with pain, black toenails etc and bought a pair of ( unused )SX73s on e bay. Now have another pair of SX91s , and have just changed their linings by swapping from a pair of SX72s.
Don’t throw them away! My kids tease me, but I get my boots on in less than a minute, and don’t think I ski any worse. I did fit my custom footbeds, and I never intend to go back to ‘ modern’ boots.
And, as has been said, I can walk and sit comfortably in them.
September 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm
I had the rear entry Nordica Polarises from the late 70’s that I skied hard as an instructor and then a ski patroler until the late 90’s or early 2000’s. I had Nordica rebuild them 4 or 5 times until they reported they had run out of partsfor the boots. The boots weren’t I’m warm but they gave great support for my ankles and legs when I needed to be on my feet for 6 or 8 hours skiing. I’m very disappointed to find that no one is making a decent rear entry boot especially after at 57 last I cramped up so severely that I had to get help getting the boots off (embarrassing). Now at 58 I may never put the old boards on (I still ski my Rossi 203s and 207s) if I can’t find a boot that is easier to get on and off.
It sucks when you can’t find the ski equipment you like to enjoy a sport you have loved for almost a half a century.
November 9, 2017 at 12:02 am
I am still skiing my Salomon exp 83. I have managed to find parts and pieces and replacement soles to continue using them. Still the best pair of boots I’ve ever owned comfortable warm and I too have been on ski patrol at a ski instructor since the 70s. I have gone to full rocker skis and I crossed over two hard plate snowboarding with the same pair of boots
August 16, 2018 at 12:05 am
Read your comments re: Salomon exp 83. ‘Am looking for replacement soles for mine. Can you provide info on same for a fellow ski patroller?
Thanks so munch,
Grant Artist (NSP)
March 7, 2019 at 4:05 am
Same here. Looking for sole plates for my beloved Salomon E-Team 83 rear entries. Anyone have any ideas?
January 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Former ski instructor . I have skied in over 15 different ski boots since 1990, trying to get a better feel for the snow and improve my skiing but always go back to my Salomon 83 EXP ski boots. Only boot that came close was Nordica speed machine in comfort and skiing. Nordica had better feel on hard pack ice snow but once skiing in soft snow and moguls i could ski better in 83 EXP. The liners in the 83 EXP only pack out by about 10 percent and stop. Going to thicker socks keeps for a perfect fit. Fits my foot like a glove with great heal hold down still.Cable heel hold down was a fantastic design for this. 1st pair lasted 15 years then shell cracked, on 2nd pair. I have 3 more pairs and lots of extra toe and heel pieces to last the rest of my life. The flex adjusters blocks were the best invention ever made for ski boots. Such a great range of flex adjustment for a ski boot. What has kept me in these boots all these years in the addition of THE BOOSTER STRAP added as a power wrap that goes around the front of the liner and back of boot. THIS IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT TO AN ALREADY GREAT BOOT. The feel of these boots with the BOOSTER STRAP makes the boot much more responsive and gives it a magical progressive flex feel that no other ski boot has given me in the moguls, soft snow and crud. Boot plastic was getting soft over years and felt mushy and i was not going to ski in it anymore but this addition fixed it.This combination lets the boot absorbs difficult snow and not your knees. This is the only ski boot i know when you replace the toe and heel pads you replace everything that clicks on to the bindings not just the bottoms only like most other ski boots. The rear heel top sometimes start to get worn where it attaches to the binding and only with this design can you fix this easily with swapping out whole toe and heel bottoms. Plus they are not size dependent. Same size for different shells.
I ski 30 days a year mostly at Snowbird and people still yell at me for great skiing when under the lift.Even had 2 instructors yell out nice turns just a few years ago. 30 Years and only on my 2nd pair on boots. Will i win a ski race in these boots – never. Dont care one bit about racing.But if you see a person with a big smile making beautiful turns on Little Cloud chair at Snowbird, check out their boots they might just be Salomon 83 EXP.
February 27, 2022 at 4:15 pm
Hunter, I don’t know if you’re getting any notifications for this, since it was last year. Is their any hope I could get you to sell me a set of soles? My 83′ are perfect except for the red tread compound. Ironically, my years-newer top-of-the-line Technicas shattered like glass years ago, lol.
webordersonehundred at d-v-tech D0T C0M.
The onehundred in that is 100 Sorry for my spam paranoia.
Please help out a fellow 83 EXP old-timer, lol.
August 5, 2022 at 4:46 pm
Hi Neil, (and others searching for replacement soles)
You can use the soles from EXP 93 also and I think more of the EXP line. Even different sizes… I know ect. that the size 355 have the same soles as size 330.
Skiing the EXP 83 & 93 only 🙂
December 11, 2022 at 4:42 pm
Great news for anyone needing toe and heel pieces for their salomon boots that have the 3 screws in the toe and 2 screws in the heel. The problem is that the plastic is crumbing on many of the boots do to age and some have only lasted me a couple of times skiing before breaking into small pieces. I have been skiing for the last year on toe and heel pieces made with a 3 d printer. I had made a very expensive professional sti 3d printer file so you could print with a 3d printer as many toe and heel pieces as you want. My brother has made me 3 pair and they work perfectly. If anyone would like the more info post.
January 23, 2023 at 3:48 pm
Hi Hunter, I’m interested in your 3D printed toe and heel pieces for Exp 83. I’m pleased they work perfectly, but do they last and not too brittle?
January 28, 2023 at 11:18 pm
Any chance you have a STL model of the heel piece for a Salomon SX-72?
November 28, 2022 at 3:41 pm
Great discussion of the 83 EXP! I just bought a used pair and am excited for the comfort and ease of entry. Would anyone here be willing to write a tutorial in the comments about how each of the features and adjustments work? I’ve never used boots like this and am hoping it’s easy to figure out.
November 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm
I have been skiing with my SX-90s since 1983; I purchased them while on a ski vacation in France. I’ve tried other ‘modern’ boots over the years; but keep returning to my SX-90 set. They are comfortable, reliable, warm, and very easy to get in / out of. Like other commenters, I don’t understand why the ski boot industry doesn’t return to this type of product.
December 2, 2017 at 11:15 pm
I bought my Solomon SX51’s back in 1988. I still ski on them and I am generally quite an aggressive skier. I still love them, and was lucky enough to get a new pair of the exact boot in brand new condition, as my current ones are pretty shot.
People laugh at me all the time when they see me skiing on a double rocker ski with these boots. I was told with my current skis that I am skiing on a BMW with beach balls for wheels. I don’t really care, my feet feel great after a day on the slopes.
I did buy new boots and just hate them. They hurt my feet, my feet go numb in lift lines and there is just not enough support.
I am not your typical skier though and have had boot issues forever. I am a short woman (4’10”) and the calf muscle is much lower than on most people and I often can’t buckle up a boot. I have tried mens’ women’s, juniors, etc… and nothing fits right. I am also a bit stockier than most skiers too, so I am not a size 4. I will continue to use these boots until I am not able to ski anymore! The only issue I have at times is when I ski in the trees, I have just a bit of extra room and sometimes they are not as responsive as I need them to be. At least they are responsive enough so I don’t run into them!
December 11, 2022 at 11:28 pm
Get a booster strap Wendy. They change everything for the better.
December 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm
I’ve just start my ski season at Big White (BC, canada) with my Salomon Equipe SX91 which I’ve been using since around 1988. I have change my skis, because technology has improve. The guy at the shop didn’t want to adjust my SX91 on them, telling they would broke shortly. I had to insist. It was three years ago. My brother have the same boots and still skis with them also.
I consider myself a very good skier and I still push my equipment (an myself) to the limits. My SX91 still have all the afford mention qualities and they haven’t start to crack or broke yet (except a small crack in the middle of the white part behind the calf). I actually found this page while searching for information on SX91 which had broke. I haven’t found anything yet of people saying their SX91 had exploded while skiing (which I have seen with other boots of that era). Great boots of impressive quality.
January 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm
Wore out my SX-90’s years ago but they were my favorite boots all time. Just switched to newer parabolic skiis as my old skinny Heads broke. After a season on new style skiis I’m ready to go back to long skinny’s! I feel more stable on fast level runs and turning is the same. Salomon please dust off the molds and bring back the SX-90’s
January 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm
I had a pair of SX 90 from virtually when they were introduced. they were wonderfullly comfortable and held my feet well. Hadn’t worn them for a few years, but the last time I put them on, it was the last time. Did up the calf clip and the plastic shin broke away! Always thought plastic was tough and almost indestructible, but no!
January 13, 2018 at 8:05 pm
Born in 1959 skied in leather boots and lots of family skiing in Banff area. In my early teens started skiing on the first head skis and for boots eventually moved to Salomon rear entry SX – best boots ever – saddened by the pressure in my thirties and forties to buy the standard boot style. I learned to dread ski boots – tried every fit fad and never found anything that I could say were comfortable and firm. Thousands of dollars later and now in my late fifties my wife and I are skiing and it’s wonderful and magical again. Found Alpina rear entries and while softer flex than I wanted I am skiing again with pure joy. At a cost of $129USD. A great retirement gift to be skiing and loving it. I am no longer convinced by the hype that aggressive skiing requires aggressive boots. I can still push a set of stiff skis through fast GS turns and that’s with a set of boots no manufacturer, other than Alpina (flex rating of 40), seems to want to support. Anyone watching me ski would never ever guess my boot flex was a 40 and my toes no longer freeze up. Miracles do happen. Hmm wonder how those leather double laced up boots would work?
February 6, 2018 at 7:41 am
Love love love my Nordica 957 circa late 80’s. Still feel GREAT. Ive tried new demo boots that claim to be maximum comfort but nothing compares to my Nordicas! Walking is soooo much easier with that rear opened up. No “stormtrooper stomp”!????
February 7, 2018 at 10:21 pm
Anyone know where to get replacement heel plates for Salomon Team EXP 83? Thanks.
February 9, 2018 at 7:43 am
Honestly , I am not considered a bad skier by my peer group (Austrians who spend multiple weeks on skies every year), but I really will think of quitting once I have to switch from my trusted Nordica rear entry boots (or equivalent) to the cumbersome top/front entry pieces that only mean pain throughput a long skiing day, while I can get in and out of my current bots within seconds and can control them with ease to suit the next slope by quickly adjusting a knob or a slider for harder or softer control.
It is beyond me that one wants to spend a whole day on shoes that only mean pain and therefore cause people to ski worse and with less fun, just because they can show off some silver front-mounted braces in their boots. From an engineers perspective I have to say that precise alignment always comes with independent control over the degrees of freedom – and this is what a proper rear-loader can do much better than a front-loader. Although the latter are cheaper to build, I am happy to spend some money on proper boots that have to be worn for a long time. But probably most skiers do not want to ski, but rather like to show off in an apres-ski bar with some old-fashioned, metal-covered front-loader.
Top entry boots IMHO are a medieval remnants that have taken the commercial skiing world over (again). I put my hopes up that the upcoming Chinese rush to comfortable and precise skiing boots will put things right again, so that we can re-enter a modern age of skiing, before there is no snow left – after global warming!
February 13, 2018 at 8:54 pm
Every time I struggle on or struggle off my Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro I either swear inside or scream out so loud so neighboring skiers look at me in shock. Ah, the pain! The incredible arrogance. I just cannot believe that in 2018 ski boots are at this crap level. My wife and child must listen to me venting fumes about useless engineers and marketing idiots. I HATE these “modern” boots. The only alternative I see are the Full Tilt, but haven’t tried them yet. Otherwise I will have to start up a new SX92 factory. Damn this business.
February 21, 2018 at 7:24 pm
The pair of (yellow!) Hanson Avantis I bought in ’76 or ’77 were the best boots I ever skiied. The design still looks stunning after all these years and they fit like a dream (mine were originally wax-fit). I had them canted and loved the weight and stiffness, and the raised/tilted footbed made it feel like I was always attacking the hill. By the time Hanson went out of business, though, I’d pulverized the liners, and in a moment of poor judgement (during a move) a few years later, threw them out. I’ve regretted it ever since, and since the rise of ebay I’ve been looking for a replacement pair.
A few years back I thought I’d hit the jackpot and bought a green pair (in my size – 4) that was in excellent condition, and particularly the liners, which hadn’t begun to crumble. The first time I skiied them, though, one of the shells shattered. What I discovered is that there’s something (presumably a solvent) in the Flolite that attacks the shell plastic if it gets out of its packet. It’d be interesting to learn whether anyone who was at (or connected with) Hanson had any idea about this potential problem.
And in the meantime, if anyone has a pair of size 4 Avantis they’re willing to part with, I’d be incredibly happy to hear from you via email@example.com
March 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm
I too have those yellow Hanson Avanti’s, bought new in 77? The neoprene liners finally disintegrated. Best boots ever! paired with some short (195) Olin Mark VI and Salomon 555 equipes! Skied them last year in Snowbird/Alta. Lots of good “Olds Kool” comments!
February 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm
I have been skiing on my SX 70s for 31 years! Just went skiing last weekend and the plastic broke while walking to the slopes! (UGH) They are the most comfortable boots ever worn. I had to rent a pair of front loaders and they hurt my feet! Bring back the rear loaders!
March 12, 2018 at 2:47 pm
Bought a pair of SX70 for about 1 dollar, put in liners from a pair of Rossignol rear-entry (also 1 dollar, in a Swedish flea market) and now all the pain and ago y from putting regular boots on is entirely gone! They are a little bit to comfortable for maximum control but work fine off pist and in moguls. I do miss my old Scott superhot, but they were completely stitched up with stainless steel straps and pop rivets years ago ????.
March 2, 2018 at 8:38 pm
The heel pads on my SX91E’s have disintegrated. Anyone know of a pad that can be adapted?
Anyone with a 3D printer that can copy one?
January 25, 2019 at 12:28 am
Let me know if you find one. I need heels as well.
February 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm
and front pads .
– Had to switch to another pair of SX91s bought for £10 ( $15) !
May 24, 2020 at 12:58 pm
Since this post have made new front pads – from a hard rubber furniture castor, and new heel plates from a hard plastic chopping board.
Quite difficult, and needed to fill cavity under heel plate with cellulose car body putty to ensure good fit.
Gather this is normal. Also mentioned had replaced those awful crumbly liners on my 91s with an HTC liner from a new boot. Size less critical than you’d think- Boots are 330 , other boots were 340, liners say 330-335!
Do have another pair, but like these, as they have a canting adjuster screw and seem to fit a bit better.
February 10, 2019 at 4:14 pm
Looking for toe pieces for Salomon Force 93’s if anyone comes up with an idea….
February 12, 2021 at 3:53 pm
The heel and toe pieces on that model are interchangeable with other Sx 70s, 80s, 90s and the size is identical on all.
Did buy an excellent pair of force 93 s, but had to change my toe pieces as the rubber sole start d to disintegrate. The earlier one I cannibalised seems to use more durable rubber
March 4, 2018 at 12:28 am
I am about to set off to Italy for another week with my trusty, museum piece Salomon SX80’s. Had ’em since new.
Amazing boots & still showing no signs of fatigue.
Always raises laughs among the ski hire shop jockeys, but I’m too old to care.
March 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm
It took me 12 minutes two weeks ago on a mountain, with the help of a friend I leaned heavily on, before I managed to squeeze my feet into regular, Rossignol ski boots, with the help of a metal shoehorn I carry always, But such ordeal brought me to the verge of giving everything up and close to tears.
In the end I also discovered that a side knuckle on my left foot was bleeding, after its skin peeled off, generating considerable pain.
I also have high arch while my wide feet force me to buy use bigger sizes. Which results in my toes being too loose in the boots, doing cha-cha-cha, while my foot are exposed to unnecessary rubbing. Which lessens my control of the skis while spoiling adequate skiing performance.
Is there a thingamajig to take a cast of my feet for rear-entry Alpine ski skiboots to resolve my problem before I buy your r.e. boots?
March 17, 2018 at 8:17 am
LO all of you. I’m just in the middle of my 58th ski season and was still wearing Salomon SX72 boots (some 30 years old!) when the cable of one of them broke! Sad, sad, sad, I had to purchase some new 4 bucles plus velcro Head boots. What a pity to have to leave those boots it just took some seconds to put on or loosen for some rest ….Is there a way to find spare cables and replace them? I only go skiing 6 weeks each year in the French Alps and miss my rear-entry SX72!
March 29, 2018 at 3:10 am
I am still skiing in my beloved Salomon SX 92 equipes.
When my SX 90 equipes broke I spent money and misery trying to find a 4 clip boot that gave me anything near the same edge control without agonising pain.
Finding the 92s kept me skiing. Just back from 3 weeks skiing Alta/Canyons
Life is good
March 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm
I consider myself lucky. In the mid 1980’s I purchased a pair of Salomon SX92
Boots. They served me well over the lifespan of several pairs of skis including my most recent purchase of Stockli’s. I primarily ski in Pennsylvania with the occasional trip north to Sugarloaf. When skiing in the West west I take my boots, skinny poles, and rent “Demos” locally so I can sample an assortment of skis suited to the terrain. This year we skied Deer Valley and the rental shop refused to mount skis claiming the replaceable sole plates on the 92’s were too far gone. It took 2 days and many trips back to the shop to find a pair which fit and had the proper flex. My first few attempts at getting into the boots was not at all fun. In fact it was downright frustrating and I don’t plan on going through the ordeal again. Ever. That night I searched eBay to see if I could find an old pair of 92 sole plates. I found a few pairs of boots and asked one seller to take a few pictures of the sole plates. They looked great so I purchased the boots without delay. They arrived the day we returned from Utah. I opened the box the next morning and couldn’t believe my luck. The boots were in like-new condition. I would be surprised if they were worn more than 3 times. They were the same size as my old pair and after swapping the pieces which were added by the original fitter and Volia! I have a new pair of Salomon SX 92’s which should last me the remainder of my days on skis.
April 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm
I am now in my 60th year of skiing. I am still on my SX 93 exp boots! I love them, and tell folks that they know what to do; why change? I just spent a week in Squaw and Park City with them and do get an occasional stare. One gent in the elevator said “what an interesting design, are they experimental”! My wife stopped using hers some years ago when a cable broke and I could not get the parts. We still have a pair of sx 92 in the basement that were my sons. I also have two pair of Rosemont fiberglass boots that opened to the side like a clam shell.
All I can say is that the boots are warm, dry and easy to get on and off!
September 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm
On the advise of my dentist who was with the world ski racing organization, I picked up a pair of SX-90’s. Probably a few years after the first rear entries. I don’t ski frequently, but they still are in great shape. Well almost. A local organization was having a garage sale shortly after I bought the originals and there was another pair – exactly the same size for 1$ Canadian. Used the original pair until the heel pad gave up, so I now use the original pair for parts. LOL. Even got the thumbs up from a young lifty this last season for the boots. And yes I have gone through a number of skis since and did get the “They will explode”. Touch wood – they haven’t yet.
September 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm
Thanks guys for all the comments. I was about to toss my old rear entry 91`s . But after reading the posts will continue to enjoy them. But will need to upgrade from my old Dynastars. Too long and heavy for my ageing limbs.
January 25, 2019 at 12:26 am
What size are your sx91’s. If 340’s, i will buy them.
February 9, 2019 at 8:32 pm
Have SX 82 in 340 if any use,
September 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm
BTW still occasionally wear the old one piece Descente suit……purchased in the 70`s and it still fits …yahoo. Get lots of interesting comments on the hill
November 4, 2018 at 9:09 pm
I still Ski on my Salamon SX 91 Euipe Boots Jewry 30 years old and love em to bits ..But last year a ski hire shop refused to hire me some skis as they said my boots were too old and dangerous as the plastic toe or heel binding lug could snap off as the plastic would have diteriorated over the years… I can’t see this as they are in a bag most of the year in a cuboard… Anyway I got some skis from another shop and merrily skied on…? Good news though I’ve heard that Rear Entry boots are making a come back next year… Bring it on.??
Does anyone know where I can get new toe and heel inserts…?
November 8, 2018 at 4:38 am
I as well. Alas, I fear that I must retire them unless I get new toe and heel bits.
January 25, 2019 at 12:24 am
I need the heel inserts for my SX-91’s as well!
November 24, 2018 at 10:56 pm
DOES ANY ONE REPAIR THE OLDER SKI BOOTS, I LOVE MY REAR ENTRY SALOMN. GOT NEW BOOTS TWICE AND SOLD THEM. HATED WASTING TIME BREAKING NEW ONES IN. I LOV REAR ENTRY BOOTS.
Are there any new ones coming out ???
November 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm
Guys, – is it just me or is there a ‘Senior Group’, who want and can afford these boots.
Why can’t we have comfortable ski boots?
Dunno about you , but I spend a fair bit of time walking about, sitting and eating, NOT just leaning forward on the piste!
January 25, 2019 at 12:20 am
I need heels for my SX-91 size 340. Let me know.
December 3, 2018 at 6:20 am
I am also a salomon rear entry die hard. I probably have 10 pairs. Every time i saw these in a trift store I bought them. My problem is i have 2 different size feet, so one boot was loose. 2 years ago I bought a new pair of salomon boots and had them professionally fitted. Hated them, especially at the end of the day. A month later I found a pair a half size smaller, so now I back into my 92e. Love them and would buy a new pair tomorrow.
As for the repair of the toe and heel pieces. I don’t see why you couldn’t cut those pieces off of another boot and shape them to fit.
December 11, 2018 at 11:40 am
Simply, sx91e are the best, better than sx92e, sx92er, sx93e, sx95,
they have made a brilliant design with sx91, only few errors, afterwards they tried to fix them, introducing other errors,
I still use my 91, however the liners are completely dead, the inside foam have agglomerated,
Still do not use owned 92, 93, 95 as they are worse, and smaller, due to my mistake while buying,
Salomon have changed the sole design between x1 and x2, the size 340 of 91 have 315 mm length, while 92 322mm, and I wonted to keep stable sole size in my boots,
by the way, the proper size for me is 330, so my 91 are too big, to big according to measure, but OK for skiing,
the only way to have good boots is to produce them,
have few good ideas how to improve 91,
what do you think? Now printers are available!!!
December 11, 2018 at 11:44 am
friend of mine have purchased two pairs of different sizes, and ski in boots different in size, the drawback is the skis are not changeable, the bindings are set differently
January 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm
At 80 yoa my Salomon rear entry 93 EXPs and I will ski Alta, Mammoth, and Beaver Creek this year. Just wish I could do it with a new pair. Agree with all those who can’t understand why they don’t still make them.
January 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm
Hi Pepole, I ‘m glad to read all your comments. Very happy to be in a great family! I ‘ m 60 and I’m skiing with Salomon SX92 since the year they come out. A lot of friends make fun on me, but at least i didn’t find a better “new” skyboot. I really don’t understand why Salomon with all new available technologies can’t turn again in retro boot… This year I need to buy a new skiboot, …I’m desperate!
January 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm
Marco, try a pair of K2 Spyne 110 – they can be had for less than $200 on sale, and they are pretty easy on and off
January 29, 2019 at 5:03 pm
I have returned back from sx 92 equipe racing to sx 91 equipe,
I have to make new heel plates from rubber, and replace linig on a newer one,
so I am still skiing in 33 years old boots !!!
January 20, 2019 at 9:45 pm
Hi, I just tried my new pair of Alpina Rear Entry Ski Boots (I purchased a pair of size 28.5 (about 10.5 in US Mens sizes) on Amazon.com for about $130 (free shipping as a Prime Member) and they are fantastic. Not as easy to adjust as the Salomon described above, but super easy to get on an off and once you adjust the length of strap you want inserted, just pull the one buckle and you are ready to Ski, want to walk, just open the buckle, when you are ready to Ski again, close the buckle. I found the wide design very comfortable and warm. I have always hated putting on and taking off Ski Boots, no more.
January 25, 2019 at 12:11 am
This is a great article. I have been skiing since 1970. I hated my boots back then. When I bought my second set of ski’s around 1987 and was introduced to the Salomon SX-91’s. I am still using them today and still love them. On my last ski strip last weekend, the heels, which are replaceable, disintegrated. The boots are still in good shape. I am looking for a company that still has the replacement heels or make replacements. If not, I am looking for size 340 SX-91’s cheap to part out the heels and replace them on my pair. I will never ski with conventional boots again! NEVER!!!
January 29, 2019 at 5:06 pm
you can make heel plates from rubber, but remember to feel space under the plate.
January 29, 2019 at 4:46 pm
can any one list all Salomon rear entry ski boots ?
as far as I remember
sx 60 , sx 70 , sx 80 , sx 90
sx 11 , sx 31 , sx 41 , sx 51 , sx 61 , sx 71 , sx 81 , sx 91 , sx 91 equipe
sx 42 , sx 52 , sx 62 , sx 72 , sx 82 , sx 92 , sx 92 equipe , sx 92 equipe racing
sx 53 , sx 63, sx 73, sx 83 , sx 93 , sx 93 expert , sx 93 equipe
sx 7 2, sx 9 5, force 9
February 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm
You missed the SX 92 Equipe Foam and the SX 92 Equipe R Foam, perhaps the best slalom and GS boots of their day (1991).
I am currently wearing a pair of SX 92 Equipe boots, which draw lots of comments, but I have 10 pair of various models, just in case Salomon never gets its head screwed on right and never makes them, again. I raced in SX 91 Equipe boots and wore them for recreational skiing until the plastic was so soft that I might as well have had leather slippers clipped to my skis. The top-of-the-line overlap boots that I suffered for a decade after that convinced me to hit eBay and buy up every SX 9x boot that I could find.
My teenage daughter very happily uses a pair of SX 91 Equipe boots, without the racing insert, these days, and cannot see herself using overlap boots, any time soon. 🙂
February 28, 2019 at 3:02 pm
I should add that the SX 92 Equipe R Foam came in two versions, with Racing and Pro liners. The racing liners were so stiff that you really would not wear them all day, but the Pro liners were designed to soften the fit enough for recreational skiing.
March 18, 2019 at 11:00 pm
indeed, few models are missing, which I have never seen,
for example sx-83 equipe !?
I have not noticed any change in the plastic shell of my sx91, but I have to replace the liner.
Do not like sx-x2 series due to one buckle closing, I own the sx-92 equipe R with tradition two buckle, but do not like them either.
Due to pivot edge all models of sx-x3 series are good for me. But still prefer sx91
February 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm
There was also a boot in the line called the SX 92 Equipe Junior. I think that there was a boot called the SX 91 Equipe Junior, too.
November 13, 2019 at 5:30 am
Don’t forget MY Salomons, “SX95”! 🙂
January 30, 2019 at 4:44 pm
I own a pair of Hanson Citations I purchased somewhere late 70’s early 80’s from the old Gart Bros Sports Castle in downtown Denver. I loved them but eventually shattered one of my Salomon bindings on a pair of Olins. When I went to get a new set of bindings, they told me they wouldn’t mount the Citations because the soft plastic used in their construction was deemed unsafe. I thought it was a scam to get me to buy boots as well as bindings, but I was told the same thing by several techs. While I am pretty sure I can no longer ski to their ability, I kept the Citations because they looked completely bad-ass.
Every year, my wife wants me to trash them and I say “No. They are a collector’s item” I’m glad to see that my position is now supported by this blog.
February 4, 2019 at 2:15 am
I bought SX70s in about 1983. I bought new Atomic boots in 2005 or so, and I’ve never really been happy with them. Even now, at the start of a new ski season, I’m thinking about giving up on the newer, ‘better’ boots and going back to the 40-year old Salomons. A bit cold, now, but much more comfortable and easier to put on.
My new boots have all sorts of latches and adjustments, but a) I tend to forget what theyr’e for, b) they’re an incredible pain to put on and take off, and c) they’re not comfortable; they rub my shins raw. The SX70s had only one adjustment, a walk/ski switch, and two buckles I could actually close. Good days, good boots.
February 6, 2019 at 3:11 pm
In 1992, I owned a pair of Raichle RX870’s that were the most comfortable boots ever. I later bought into the 4 buckle performance BS and got the most uncomfortable Tecnicas up until they cracked and fell apart. I got a hold of a pair of Nordica hybrids, which was a 3 front buckle rear entry, but the soles cracked on those also. I replaced the soles but am afraid to use them. Now I ski on a pair of Salomon QST Access Heat, but I’m going to order those Alpina R4’s to relive the old rear entry days!
February 11, 2019 at 1:14 pm
I would like to know how good is Alpina R4 as compared with Salomon SX91E, or its succesors ?
comparing not only comfort, but also usefullness and performance.
February 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm
I still have my rear entry boots from the 80s. I had gotten away from skiing, but started up again. I forgot how much I LOVE skiing. Anyway, my new Olin skiis from the 80s never got bindings put on so… my question is… will my old boots fit in the new bindings they have for these new shaped skiis?
I love those boots and would like to be able to use them. Any thoughts???
February 28, 2019 at 6:22 pm
I wonder if Roman or others could post general instructions for repair of the crumbling colored portion of heel plates. Roman said to use rubber. What type of rubber and where did you get it? I fixed some missing areas with JB Weld for plastic and that holds well, but I need to totally replace the colored soft plastic. It is about 5 mm thick. The hard black plastic of the heel and toe plates is fine.
I have 2 pair of 83 EXPs in my size and a third pair for parts! I never want to resort to front entry.
March 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm
when writing about the repair of heels, I meant sx91 boots in which there is a rubber heel screwed with four screws. Because the heels in this model are empty, when walking on stones or gravel, these rubber soles break. I had a thick rubber to gag ordinary shoes, cut out these rubber elements and screwed on it, before filling the heels with silicone. It’s been holding 10 years. From the x2 series there are interchangeable heels and toe soles. I have not repaired these, I simply buy little damaged boots in the same or a similar size and I exchange soles. I do that due to I want to have a sliding plate cooperating with anti friction binding device in a better condition. It is impossible in sx91.
March 18, 2019 at 11:05 pm
I have posted a reply, but it disapeared
March 18, 2019 at 11:12 pm
once again, shortly
when writing about the repair of heels, I meant sx91 boots where there is a rubber heel screwed with four screws. Because the heels in this model are empty, when walking on stones or gravel, these rubber soles break. I had a thick rubber to gag ordinary shoes, cut out these rubber elements and screwed on it, filling the heels with silicone. It’s been holding 10 years. From the x2 series there are interchangeable heels and toe soles. I have not repaired these, I buy little damaged shoes of a similar size and exchange parts, I do that because I want to change the toe soles for having the sliding plate cooperating with antifriction bindings device in a better condition. It is impossible in sx91.
March 19, 2019 at 5:35 am
now, my post have apeared
March 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm
Can anyone comment on what US shoe size would be comparable to a Salomon SX91 Equipe 350-55?
March 2, 2019 at 4:26 pm
I wear 355 83EXPs. My shoe size is 10 to 10 1/2 wide. They fit perfectly. On the shell is an imprint: 350-355. There is a sticker on the back that says 355. Sole length is imprinted as L = 332 mm
March 7, 2019 at 4:16 am
Hey man, you are wearing my boots!
March 10, 2019 at 10:02 am
Just found this interesting thread after I got my much used SX81s out of storage. I ski in the La Plagne area of France for 4 weeks a year and leave my 5 year old multi clip Salomon boots there( oh the agony of getting them on and off) invited to Ski the Italian Dolomites unexpectedly and thought I would see if my old boots were still OK to take with me . Joy why did I get new boots! Like someone else in this thread I got fed up with being laughed at by friends and resort equipment shops after using them since about 1984 and thinking I had certainly got my money’s worth out of them.
Salomon should realise there is a big wealthy market of older skiers who would love these boots if they brought them back.
Angela McCready , London
March 19, 2019 at 5:33 am
I repeat, now there are 3d printers, so it’s possible to print better boots than what the salomon did. If there are so many of us, let’s do it.
March 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm
I`m from Germany and I´m skiing in the swiss, french, austrian and italian alps since the early 80th of the last century. One of my early ski boots was the Hanson Avanti which I love until today. I remember that I forgot to put them off after skiing to drive home with my car. I did not feel the skiboots on my feet. Ok, it is more than 30 years ago and I was young, now my age is over 60. After the inner shoes dissolved and some other replacements also did, I changed to Salomon SX 80 and after a short time I bought the SX 92 which I used until 2015, because the inner shoe became hard and had no dampening anymore. Today, I have the front entry Dalbello Kyra, which is really comfortable, but the effort to take them on or off is tremendous. I totally agree with the people who wrote their experience with the rear entry boots before.
I´m still a fan of the rear entry boots, especially the Hanson is still my favorite.
As former design engineer and maker, I was thinking about a remake of these boots, but this not easy.
As Roman suggested, 3D- Printing will be a way to produce the parts. The shell should be made from nylon (polyamid), not from the normally used ABS or PLA which is quite stiff and tends to crack under moderate load when cold. The inner shoe could be made from TPU which is elastic and stiffness can by modified by the internal layout of the filling. Remaining the rest of the parts of the Hanson boot, the front clamp to adjust the stiffness and the buckle levers are conventionally machined aluminium parts. The buckles could be modernized and fine adjusted as the other ski boots have today. The wax compartment should not be a huge problem.
The biggest problem is to generate the right data for printing. One solution could be that the original parts are digitally scanned to create the CAD- data. Perhaps there is somebody who can do that. This date then have to be prepared for 3D- printing.
But at the end, it is a lot of work and 3D-printing needs a lot of time which will create a huge amount of costs for a pair of ski boots. Additionally, the strength of the material has to be tested and the comfortable fit depends on the experience of the designer to adjust thicknesses and internal design of the parts.
As you can see, I have dealed a lot with this, but it will not be economically justifiable except there is a experienced ski boot designer with the same target.
I hope that any Ski Boot manufacturer will release a new series of rear entry boots soon!
March 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm
Your reply is the first to look into the future, it creates a new thread of discussion,
I, although I am not a specialist in the field of 3d printing, I believe in 3d shells printing as opposed to their thermal fitting, as is the case today,
that is, printing any ski boots makes sense as a way to match them to the individual shape of the foot, while printing the rear entry boots has an additional sense in the fact that the manufacturers do not produce them.
The whole problem of boots printing, of course, is divided into many subproblems, of which those that are specific to ski boots are: what should be the ideal ski boot, what should be its features, and what it means that the boot is fitted to the foot, what are the significant differences between the foots?
The rest of the problems is connected with 3d printing of any physical equipment, like how to meet certain physical requirements, such as change in stiffness as a function of temperature.
Designing ski boots is not a problem of the design of the ski shoe as such, only the design of the shoe with the lowest production costs. Fortunately, 3d printing aligns the production costs of shoes with various shapes. This technology allows you to free yourself from a series of simplifications to reduce production costs.
March 19, 2019 at 10:14 pm
this site uses akismet to block our discussion, for the second time I wrote a reply that did not appear in a few hours
March 21, 2019 at 9:55 am
I was also concerned about the time until my reply appeared. But now, it is here and thanks for your comments. Your idea to realize the boot fitting by individually printed parts is very interesting. What I want to point out is, that it is not so easy to create data for a 3D-printer at home. As designer for automotive transmissions, a ski boot is very different to that. For the curved shapes of a ski boot, you need a high sophisticated CAD-system which costs a lot and needs experience to use (that is what I meant with “experienced ski boot designer”). And the second point is that actually 3D- printing is a very slow process which also causes high cost for the parts.
All these ideas, I think, are independent from the rear entry boot, they can also be adapted for front entry boots. In my opinion, the way to realize new rear entry boots is only possible when the ski boot industry (or a newcomer) will create a product that is really different to the products on the actual market. I think that there a lot of people that do not orientate in products of ski racing but in design and comfort.
In my opinion, the Hanson Avanti had exactly these excellent properties:
– extraordinary futuristic design
– unbeatable comfort and fit
That is why I love these bots until today. The greatest fault was the durability of the inner boot which dissolved too early. With new materials, I think, this problem could be solved. From this point of view, this model is the best design pattern until today.
I still hope that people from the ski boot industry (or newcomers) read this website and we can encourage them for new and different products!
If anybody has contact to those people, it should be used for influence
March 24, 2019 at 12:02 pm
there are technical and economical problems to be resolved while thinking about printing ski boots,
but I believe that 3d printing is the future of “one sample manufacturing”.
Of course, perhaps teeth may be the first.
But I also hope, that there will be common access to 3d printing facilities.
How can we stimulate that process ? Are we interested ?
I do not know, how to create a “newcomer”. There are plenty of interested people, but they are not businessmen with lot of money.
Do not know hanson avanti. I know almost all salomon rear entry boots. Looking at pictures I do not realize that hanson is better than salomon.
In fact this is not an option for me – to influence others to make new product to earn money on me and my ideas.
It is better form me if I simply remain on the way of improving my old salomons, that is on a way to produce one pair of unique ski boots.
March 24, 2019 at 12:20 pm
of course, should be “it is better for me……”
March 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm
By the way, I introduce myself,
I am not a great skier, I started skiing in my thirties,
in 5 buckle San Marco with custom lining (self-made)
I looked for a better boots few years, trying more than hundred, or rather, two hundred ski boots (in my ski club exchange), have found many better, but not a pair which was good enough.
By chance I was given Alpina SR competition racing (special plastics), not very promising at first view, but they proved to be the best four buckle ski boots I have ever seen. I think they had more technical thought included than all the others were together. Used them five years till I had deformed thermal lining skiing in open cuff for training purposes.
Then I tried Lange of that time, 4 buckle, and rear entry as well. Both not skiable for me. Next have bought Salomon SX 80, very light boots, and perhaps only one skiable from x0 Salomon series. After a year I have bought Salomon SX 91 /equipe (mix), and have skied more than twenty years.
Because of problems with the lining condition recently I have bought second hand Salomon SX 92 equipe racing, sx 93 equipe, sx 95, and few other models. Still consider the 91 as the best, and with better improvement potential.
March 30, 2019 at 1:09 pm
Nobody Here? O.k., the ski season 2018/19 comes to an end, but after the ski season is before the next season. Would be nice to find somebody to make progress for new rear entry ski boots!
April 2, 2019 at 10:04 am
sorry, I did not see the comments before my last post. As I mentioned out, I had the Hanson Avanti and after that the Salomon SX 80 and 92.In comparison, he Hanson Ski boots were unbelivable comfortable, the SX 92 was better in fine tuning due its adjustability. In the text ahead ofthe discussion on this page, there is a picture of Hanson ski boots. The Avanti looked like the black one on the left side or the red one on the right side of that picture but had a higher support for shin and cuff which allowed a good control of the forces you transfer to the skis.If anybody can tell me how I can integrate a picture, I will do it here.
Hm, how to interest someone to think about rear entry ski boots?
Good question, I don’t know. My way was to start the discussion in the sport shop, but the people here in europe argue like the industry does. But I think, the more people do start the discussion in that way and use the arguments we collect in this discussion, the higher the chance that someone in the industry gets this information also. Not to forget that there is always a search for new product ideas in the industry. On the other hand, I think that the Bosses and chief bosses and CEOs of that industry do ski also. So, when we are skiing, we can talk about rear entry ski boots when we are lifting or in other situations like waiting in the lift queue or in restaurant. But I’m not sure, I couldn’t start a discussion even withe rich people in Zermatt or St.Moritz ski areas. A third way could be a publication in newspapers and /or magazines about the good old times of rear entry boots…
April 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm
the problem is how to get a pair of GOOD rear entry boots, not to get a pair of any rear entry boots.
Salomon “improved” sx91 to sx92, and next to sx93, and sx91 remained the best in overall assessment.
The only one solution I can see for wealthy men is to print ski boots using own measurement and design.
For poor people the solution is to buy a second hand Salomons and fit them by self.
July 21, 2019 at 5:02 am
Does anyone know if there is a conversion chart for Salomon ski boots (like an SX-91) to mondo? I was hoping to figure out if 350-55 is close to a 29.5 or 28.5. I’m looking for something closer to 29.5. Thanks for any help!
December 16, 2019 at 5:50 pm
The “ORIGINAL” Hanson ski boots were absolutely the best and the inner boots did not disintegrate like the later formulated liners in the shiny plastic shelled models. The original shells came only in black and were of a rubberized feeling type of plastic something or other (much like the early Lang shells? I worked in a ski shop in New England and had one of the very first few pairs that were available in New England. I was a school teacher with 250 kids in my ski club that took trips all over New England and I was also a NSPS ski patrolman at Ski Sundown in N. Hartford CT skiing 6 days a week. I broke my foot in 1972, took out the old wax bladder, put in a new one and re-waxed my boot to a comfortable fit. Unfortunately, some of my friends convinced me that my Hansons were holding me back in terms of performance and I got rid of them. I have not found a boot as comfortable and warm as my Hansons ever since. At age 77 I am still skiing most weekends and am using Nordica rear entries, but can not get a comfortable fit for my right ankle bone. IF ANYONE KNOWS OF AN ORIGINAL PAIR OF THOSE HANSON “PRIMA” BOOTS I WILL BUY THEM IN A MINUTE!!!! PLEASE CONTACT ME firstname.lastname@example.org
December 20, 2019 at 4:45 am
Been skiing since ’70. I got on the red SX-91 Equipe in the mid 80’s while living at South Lake Tahoe. When I first got them, it was for running stiff through the gates, but when free skiing–which is all I’ve done since, I ski with the stiffness adjustment at the bottom, which allows for aggressive skiing while acting to absorb shock in the bumps and unseen terrain changes.
While everyone else moved on to the newest, bestest thing, I’ve been on those Equipes ever since. I trashed my first pair years ago, but not before finding an exact duplicate replacement pair. I’m still on that replacement pair, but there’s another pair just waiting in the wings in case something happens to these.
I’ve upgraded skis continually throughout the years, but nothing will get me off these old Salomons. I often get comments from folks–mostly my age–who notice them (red and all), wishing they had theirs back. I understand.
Ski technology changes, as does skiing technique when on newer skis, but this talk of new boots to me is just consumerism, and it never enters my mind to change boots. Comments suggesting a lack of performance just sounds like someone trying to sell something.
I found this site while googling to find a pair for my son on eBay where there are several pair available at a modest price. Do yourself a favor and give them a try.
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January 6, 2020 at 10:53 pm
A few years ago, I tried to get someone to fabricate (3D print) a set of heel and toe plates for my SX83 size 335 but so far had very poor overall accuracy of the resulting plates. I kind of gave up but having done a day of skiing yesterday in rental 4 buckle boots, I may see what can be done again. Has anyone else tried to have these fabricated using 3-D printing?
March 12, 2020 at 9:21 pm
No – but both heels broke off my Solomon Optima ultra light 62’s today – after 30 great years! I was thinking 3D printing too
December 11, 2022 at 6:14 pm
I had a professionally scanned 3d sti file done from a mint toe and heel piece on a 83exp 355 size ski boot. It was my last good pair with no flaws in it. It was very expensive to have the file made close to 300 but I knew it had to be perfect so now with a 3d printer I can print all that I need. The plastic material alone cost 40 for printing for the right plastic type and takes several days to get just one pair printed. To get a company to print them it would cost 150 to 200 to get printed with the correct plastic type. My brother had a 3d printer with the correct nozzle that could handle the heat and plastic type. Have 3 pairs now. Skied on them all of last season and still look like new so I know they will last a long time. Even if you get the right plastic and print head and 3d printer if you don’t have a good sti 3d file to work with you will never get a safe and durable toe and heel piece. My brother destroyed 2 print heads and whet thought several different type of materials before he found the perfect combination for toe pieces. If there is enough demand for these my brother might be able to make these but it is time consuming and very hard on his printer. Companys charge 150 to 200 with a good sti file. I called over 10 to get these printed and all wanted this amount. I was desperate and spent many months from start of this project to finally getting a pair made.
January 4, 2023 at 10:58 pm
I am in need of new toe and heel pieces for my SX92’s
I would love to get the 3d printer file so I can make some of my own
Or if you are going to make a run of them I would be happy to buy a few
Please Let me know
hopless Solomon die hard
March 17, 2023 at 3:55 am
Hunter, I need just one of those 3-screw toe plates to repair my Solomon SX450’s. The front “tongue” that slips into the binding has broken off. Do you have one for sale? If so, please message me with dimensions (to be sure it’s the right piece) and price. Thank you.
March 17, 2023 at 8:53 pm
Hunter, if you see my request above, please reach out to me at email@example.com Thank you.
January 20, 2020 at 4:51 pm
I bought the Alpina R4.0 a couple months ago and have been using them at resort and for Alpine Touring. I have a high instep making it very difficult to get into other types of boots. The Alpinas are much softer than my old SX 81 rear entry boots and I notice a little difference skiing between the two, but it does not bother me. There are no adjustments on the Alpinas so I had to build them up to fit with superfoot footbeds and also a layer of felt under those to get a snug fit. For comfortable AT touring I pop open up the boots and stuff the buckles and straps under my pant gaitors. Their was some friction while touring but some evo patches on the liners helped with that. The biggest problem with AT touring is the straps and buckles when loosened during travel could be damaged and are hard to fit under the pant gaiters. Am hoping to find some longer ladder (ratcheting) straps so that I can loosen the straps for touring without totally unbuckling them. The Alpinas are also lightweight, about 2 pounds per boot. I am quite happy with them, they are very comfortable, I am not doing double black terrain or racing, and they were very inexpensive.
I little trick I have for getting into (and out) of ski boots, I have a 24″ long metal shoehorn
January 24, 2020 at 4:56 pm
Best boots ever. Get with it Salomon. Started on new S91’s in the 1980’s. Most comfortable and easy on. Liners started to dry out and crumble so I found a pair of slightly used SX93Exp’s in a second hand sports store. Still using them today at 73, very comfortable and easy on and off. These liners are still perfect and you do not have to fiddle with the adjustments once you find your sweet spot. I can get an extra run or two in while my ski buds are messing with their front buckles struggling to put their front entries on and making daily adjustments. I understand Salomon still owns most of the patents, so why are the not reproducing these fabulous rear entry boots again?? Still waiting
February 27, 2020 at 8:19 pm
Searching for a pair of ski in the internet, I found a new Rear-Entry Skiboot! It looks really good, has only 1 buckle. Maybe it is the thing we have searched for. The name is: “ATOMIC SAVOR”. I could not test it yet, but I will do as soon as possible. I’m curious to read your comments.
February 27, 2020 at 9:56 pm
Hi! While I don’t have any personal experience with either of the two new rear entry boots introduced this season, here’s the link to my post about them earlier this season: http://retro-skiing.com/2020/01/rear-entry-ski-boots-theyre-back/
March 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm
GREAT ARTICLE!!! The SX92 is/was/will ALWAYS BE, the BEST SKI BOOT EVER MADE!!!! Period, shut the discussion down !! 😉
I have emailed Solomon every year, since about 10 years ago, asking them to manufacture the SX92 again!! Every year they reply, sorry, we will not be making a rear entry boot again…. About 5 years ago, I called them, got into the engineering/design team, and asked if I could buy the molds/plans so I could make them, they actually entertained it, but eventually said no. So I said, “THEN MAKE THE DAMN THINGS!!!”
I skied them until about somewhere between 2005 and 2010. I had drilled holes in the sides and but bolts in them to hold them together. Amazingly they liner held all those year, and the internal cables worked fine. But I had no soles left, they had bolts in them… and I couldn’t get anyone to mount a binding to them anymore (and I could not blame them!).
They were EASY to put on/off. They were Comfortable, they were EASY to walk in, just flip the buckle down in the back, you were free to walk, flip it back down, you were skiing! The cam adjustment was FANTASTIC!! Slide them down when in the bumps for a lot of flex, slide them up for the groomers for stiffness. These boots were the best of ALL worlds!! Most importantly they fit and stayed tight, for over 20+ years!! They skied fantastic.
MAKE THEM AGAIN SOLAMON!!!!! I will buy 3 pairs, to last the rest of my life!!
SX92 life’r! 😉
PS-never did understand why they stopped making rear entry boots! IT’s NON-SENSE the new ones are “easy” to get in. My Dalbello Pantera 120’s are supposed to be among the easiest to get in with the “Cabrio” 3 piece design, but they are still sometimes thought to get in/out of. My SX92’s slipped on/off like slippers!
December 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm
Do not agree!
The best are sx91equipe, despite some design flaws. One of the revolutionary solutions in the sx91 was a pivot upper edge, preventing the skier from cutting through the shin. It works best in sx91, all the later sx, 92, 93, 95 are “tweaked” in such a way that when I ride any other than sx91, they always hurt me.
March 5, 2020 at 6:38 pm
Nordica is now making a rear entry book which I loved the first week and hated the second (yesterday) because the cable to the rear buckle broke resulting in a wobbly foot and a slide down an icy slope. After 2-3 attempts to restart resulting in instant falls i realized what was wrong and side slipped the rest of the slope. I will not take up the offer for a replacement pair from the ski shop. Not sure what I will get next. I have a rotator cuff issue from the multiple falls and pushups.
March 12, 2020 at 9:15 pm
You guys called me out – been skiing my 1996 Dynastar Falcons and keep goi g back to my old 80’s model Solomon Ultra Light 62’s. Until today both heels broke off the old Solomon’s. Guys at all the Beaver Creek ski shops laughed at me when I inquired about repairing the heels. So sad – RIP Old Solomons. And I’m going to ski the Volkl RPM’s this season too.
April 13, 2020 at 10:14 am
I purchased a pair of SX92s the summer after graduating HS in 1990 and have been skiing in them ever since. They still work great and given that I’ve moved from days skiing/year to days/decade, they may have another 30 years in them. I could do without the old school Miami Vice color scheme, but even with that they’ve aged better than my knees.
April 20, 2020 at 8:29 am
Hello Guys, It’s interesting to know, that Nordica reborn the rear entry ski boots, as HF skiboot model series https://www.nordica.com/hf/
August 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm
Does anyone know where I can get a pair of replacement heels for my Salomon SX81 boots (boot size: 340/345)???
December 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm
You can do it by yourself.
December 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm
For this season I´m preparing a hybrid of sx91e and sx72.
Will share my experience.
January 2, 2021 at 9:58 pm
Can someone provide an intersection of the “Salomon SX92 equipe racing foam”? Just in order to illustrate the placement of the foam in the shoe.
February 6, 2021 at 7:19 pm
I used my Salomon Sx92 Equipe intermittently for 30 years, and was recently given a replacement pair by a dear friend (same size!). Best boots ever!! These have full adjustments for fit, flex and cant. I still use them, admittedly now skiing in the west on softer surfaces.
A few boots earlier, I skied and raced in the original Hansons in the 1970’s. Unfortunately, those were painful on the shin and weren’t adjustable across the instep. That design was a “nice try, poor result.”
One nice feature of rear entry boots is the ability to stand with straight legs when you’re not skiing, such as walking in the lodge or in the parking lot [or while driving, as you quote from Lyndall Heyer — not advisable for us oldsters]. They’re warm, comfortable, and in the case of the Salomons, as adjustable as any other boot. A design that needs to return
February 24, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Just returned to skiing after 23 years. My, things have changed! Mercifully, I got my restart in Reno powder (I’m a Virginia girl…lots of granular here) and the rental place recommended the rear-entry boots. OMG…I fell…IN LOVE. It made my schuss reentry so sweet! I rented another pair a few weeks ago and even in Virginia icy-crispy, I felt like a pro. Went again last week to a different resort and they didn’t offer that style to rent, so I buckled up (and up) and hit the slopes. It was still fun, but the difference for me was palpable. After that, I clearly need the flex and took the leap–bought a pair of 2021 Alpina R4s yesterday at a great price. I’m so happy they are making a comeback!
March 3, 2021 at 4:02 pm
I still use my Force 9 Salomon rear entry boots. I bought them from a guy who never used them. They are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned. I use them for GS racing, moguls and powder. They were the last iteration of Salomon’s rear entry boots. They feature a buckle at the top and a velcro strap unlike the SX 92 equipe that featured just a twist cable that could be tightened. The Force 9’s are yellow, black and blue and look more modern than the SX92 and previous SX models. They
were followed by another model of “Force” boots that were hybrid front/back entry boots. The toe part was rear entry but the buckles closed over the front. These were softer and did not fit as well and were abandoned after a few years and Salomon went back to front entry boots exclusively.
March 15, 2021 at 1:19 pm
As far as I can remember the force 9 were more flexible version of sx93e, the last iteration was sx95,
I prefer the sx91e from all salomon´s rear entry boots due to the best usability.
March 19, 2021 at 6:27 am
When I was a kid I used to ski wooden skis called “Snegovik” at Neighborhood hills than
I started skiing again in 2008 , and my first boots ware Rear entry Nordica, ugly looking but comfortable. Now , years later , I do use modern equipment and have moved to PNW to stay closer to big powder, but today I have picked up a pair of Salomon SX71 in nearly new condition at local Goodwill, and my wife going with me to Mt. Hood to learn how to ski in them!
January 29, 2022 at 3:51 am
Today I am in mourning because the cable on my SX 92 broke. Doesn’t look fixable. Have been loving them for 30 years. biggest problem with finding them is confusion about sizes. 1 wear 10 1/2- 11 in Canada it looks like this is 45 in Euro or 29 in Mondo but most are listed as 345 etc… an I do not know how to interpret this .
March 4, 2022 at 5:53 pm
I have been skiing with my Nordica N957’s since 1990. Can’t give them up. Had to fix the heel and toe plates but still just like wearing slippers! Gave up my 190cm Hart Freestyles 6 years ago for a pair of 175cm Salomon Spaceframe screams . Still going fast at 68!
March 15, 2022 at 7:03 am
I have 93 Exp Salomon and looking for heel replacement
Is there anyone have an idea
March 27, 2022 at 9:35 am
Loved the article. I was googling the boots to find if it was possible to get a replacement. I got a pair of Salomon HTC 620 boots in 1996 and have been skiing on them comfortably ever since, so I’ve just come back from skiing with my 26 year old boots. What I really love is that it takes hardly any time to put on or take off. I did get someone in a ski shop calling them antiques,and telling me they could fall apart. Im hanging onto them until they do!
July 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm
This article was a blast from the past! I had the Hansons and it was a either fabulous or horrible experience. I learned that getting in and out was tricky so i had a spray can of silicone to help with that process.
I moved from there to a brand i am sure no one every heard of, Weinmann. They were German, rear entry and featured a front rotary “buckle” which tightened up some metal cables inside the boot. They were good, i liked them but maybe a tad soft.
From there i got a pair of Salomon’s SX83 i had until a few years ago. I was scared to get rid of them because i had an ankle injury and the ski shop modified the boot (grinded the shell) to get them to fit well. (love that ski shop) I did get some Langes so my boots are very convention now and there was enough of a range of adjustment that my ankle could be accommodated without modification.
December 9, 2022 at 7:19 am
Boot manufacturers can say what they will about rear entry boots but the truth is that people loved them so much that they never bought any more new boots. Manufacturers want to sell boots so they stopped making lifetime boots. You can say they’re not high performance but I did just fine in mine skiing bumps or racing downhill
I’m still skiing on my Salomon SX91 Equipe’s but the liners are worn out. I’ll probably buy a used pair just for the liners.
February 5, 2023 at 9:50 pm
I have my SX91 since 88… fantastic boots, confortable and good enough to ski everywhere. The heels are dead…and I need to replace. This is my coming challenge.
March 12, 2023 at 4:02 pm
I’m still in my blue shell Hanson boots. I’m 75, and I probably got them in about ‘75. The custom fit lining never broke down and still accommodates my feet bumps. No reason to change!
March 23, 2023 at 4:38 am
2023: My Salomon SX80 Ski boots and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary. We have done a LOT of skiing together.
The cushioning, fit, and look of them is still almost as new.
I don’t know what materials this model was made from but anything that can last this long, and this well, must probably be toxic….!
March 27, 2023 at 10:55 pm
I bought my Salomon SX80 in Norway in 1980. I was just in Purgatory Colorado, a few weeks ago. 43 years of skiing and still no issues with them except for the sole on the heel. Looking for a 3D model but no luck so far.
April 12, 2023 at 6:15 pm
I have SX41s and love them on my Dynastar skis. I am looking for rear boot pads. Does anyone know where I can find them?