Salomon's new 360 Custom Shell shape has a more deeply seated heel, which adds five mm of room to its fit lengthwise. And that raised the question: Downsize? We started with each tester in his regular size, and everyone agreed it was comfortably cruisey. Then we asked several to size down, fired up the special Salomon oven, and got to cooking up some X-Max. The results were extraordinary. The shorter size stretched easily and performed to unanimous acclaim. "I could feel every ripple beneath my foot. The Custom Shell is a winner. It conformed to every nuance." Notes: Detuned race boot for the precision carver, racer or ultra-demanding and aggressive all-mountain expert. Salomon's 360 Degree Shell technology features a heat-moldable lower shell that adapts to the contours of the foot through a quick in-store customization process.