There's a plethora of touring friendly freeride boots out there, and each one approaches the game a little differently. Salomon, for example, has two lines utilizing its classic Hike Ride Technology: the Quest Pro, a burly downhill first boot with some hiking capability, and the Quest Max, a lighter, more uphill friendly boot that's perfect if you split your time between resort riding, in bounds hiking, and medium length tours. The Salomon Men's Quest Max 110 is the lighter, softer little brother of the line leading 130, but its gentler flex makes it a more willing hiker. To get into hike mode, just flip the rear switch to unlock the Backbone spine and allow the cuff to pivot on the shell for a smooth, easy stride when you're ready to descend, snap it back down and the cuff and shell will lock together without any foreaft movement, so you can power your way through pow and down big lines. Side to side movement isn't an issue, either, seeing as Salomon built the Quest Max with its 24mm oversized pivot, which prevents the upper and lower parts of the boot from moving laterally, so you have precise input when you're on edge and increased ability to drive larger skis with confidence. No boot will work well if it doesn't fit right, but the Quest Max has all the customization you could possibly want, from a heat moldable 360 Custom Shell to a similarly moldable My CustomFit 3D Pro liner, so you can enjoy a precise, comfortable fit that won't rub, make your toes go numb, or give you blisters on the ascent. Salomon's Twinframe technology maps different plastics to provide stiffness in key zones and flexibility in others. Solomon finished the Quest Max off with a replaceable rubberized sole for traction and a waterproof forefoot gusset to keep snow, ice, and water from soaking your socks when the pow is extra deep.