- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have two disclaimers: I have not skied on this boot yet and I love Lange boots. This is my second pair of Langes in the past 5 years. My other pair don't have rubber soles or a ski/walk mode. I needed a boot that could keep up with my more frequent backcountry explorations. So last year I went with the Nordica Firearrow F1. Great boot. But not for my feet. I have a narrow, low-volume foot. I appreciated the design of the F1 but not the feel. My feet were exhausted by the end of the day.
Now with the XT I am in heaven. They have a great fit, improved liner, and a ski/walk mode. I am so excited to use these this year. I didn't give it 5 stars because I haven't used them yet and also I want to see if there are any faults with the ski/walk mode.
I highly recommend this boot to anyone with a narrow and low-volume foot who likes to venture past the resort boundaries.
UPDATE 1/8/13 - By far my favorite boot! There have been improvements since my last pair of Lange's. They have exceeded my expectations in every way. I have to agree with Vla on the softness, to an extent. The boot is kinda soft for the first little bit of flex, then BAM! It kicks into full gear! I've never felt close to shin banging though! These boots have performed well on the front side, side country, and skinning. Great boot!
I am not sure why Gavin is having problems with his boots. I did notice from the pics that his instep is on the first catch. I ride with mine on the second (I haven't micro adjusted them). Maybe that's why mine doesn't leak?? PS this is not Lange's first freeride/touring boot. It is the first one (that I know of) with a ski/hike mode.
I'm sorry Gavin had a bad experience, but I love these and would still recommend them!