You can't buy podium finishes, but racing in the Salomon RS Carbon Skate Boot definitely won't hurt your medal winning chances. With a load of trickle down technology from Salomon's World Cup winning S Lab series, the RS Carbon strikes a balance between comfort and power, with features like a foot hugging Quicklace system, ergonomic and snug Sensifit overlap upper, and breathable 3D mesh upper, which come together in a slightly wide 102mm last to create a complete enveloping interface between the foot and boot for top notch comfort and responsiveness, so you spend your energy moving yourself forward, not fighting to balance in sloppy boots. Don't think that the RS Carbon doesn't have a mean streak, too. The SNS Pilot 2 Carbon Pro outsole and carbon Skating Plate deliver speed via a torsionally stiff carbon plate that transmits power to the ski, so your boot is delivering efficient power and not wasting your energy with unwanted flexion. The Energyzer cuff provides muscle saving stability and acts like a spring, working with the SNS Pilot double axle technology to lift the ski and minimize tip drag while giving a snappier ski return and increased power. Perhaps most surprisingly, the RS Carbon matches the S Lab's weight of 1200 grams per pair, so you won't be at a disadvantage if you're sprinting to the finish alongside some fancy pants pro who doesn't have to buy his own gear.