If a comfort-driven blend of frontside trail cruising and functional sidecountry access is what you seek, your quest ends here. The 100 W's performance scores were middle-of-the-pack, but for comfort it's queen of the hill. The fit is relaxed and forgiving but still snug enough in the heel. The flex is cushioned, long-ranging, and a bit softer than its 100 rating suggests. The cuff is also lower than most, making this Salomon a prime choice for short leg shafts and thick calves. "Not ferocious, but reliably loyal and friendly." Notes: Backbone Release touring mechanism frees the upper cuff for touring and three-buckle (with fat 50 mm power strap) overlap shell construction maintains strength for descent. Toe and heel "pads" are DIN standard but touring pads are available.