As mountaineering continues its move away from big, slow, gear intensive expeditions to fast, lightweight, self- supported ascents and descents, both the people and the gear are also evolving. Today, endurance athletes like Kilian Jornet and Ueli Steck are pushing the limit of human possibility by making bold assaults on peaks and routes, spending less /me on the mountain to reduce risk, and carrying just the minimum amount of ultra lightweight equipment needed to reach the top. Salomon’s S-Lab X Alp mountaineering collection represents the next generation of light mountaineering, with an emphasis on agility, endurance and speed.
Each piece in the S-Lab X Alp apparel collection is carefully considered and refined to ensure weather protection but also enable complete freedom of movement for hiking, mixed and technical climbing, and some ski touring. The pants use Dyneema Diamond Technology which is 30 times stronger than steel but super light (and it floats).
Salomon’s new S-LAB X Alp Carbon GTX® boot £250 is the result of more than 40 progressive prototypes, refined and tested with each genera/on. It is completely unique in that it is one shoe you can wear from the bo^om of the mountain to the top, and back. This is possible as it is light and flexible, but provides outstanding edging and also grip and protection for mixed climbing. The key ingredient is Salomon’s patented Carbon Edging Chassis, a unique plate built into the sole providing fore-aft flexibility but lateral stiffness.
It gives you flexibility and comfort to walk fast on easier terrain, but a solid edge for assurance on small ledges or snow. With its lightweight, dedicated Mountain Contagrip, and the protection of GORE -TEX® , S-LAB X Alp Carbon GTX® is truly the right shoe whether you’re on an approach or higher on the mountain.
Four models are available: X Alp Carbon GTX £250, X Alp Mountain Pro GTX £230 (leather with gaiter), X Alp Mtn Gtx £200 (nubuck) and X Alp Low £125 (a true approach shoe). All four are based on the edging chassis concept, delivering flexibility and versatility for any kind of fast mountain adventure.
Salomon S-‐LAB X Alp 20 Pack £100 Developed in collaboration with Salomon Pro athletes and Chamonix Mountain Rescue Guides, the pack combines a sleek silhouette and Motion Fit strap system that lets you move freely, with innovative ways to protect and access your gear. Everything in the pack can be reached, removed or stowed without taking the pack off, and there is a secure, waterproof storage box for crampons built right into the pack.
For more information visit: xalp.salomon.com