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Sick lines know no bounds.

It's not just the hippies. Freeride skiers with their hair ablaze love the freshies, too, so Black Diamond brings you the brand-new Factor Mx 130 Men's Alpine Touring Boot, a hard-driving freeride boot that's light and nimble enough for climbing yet stiff and strong for bombing downhills. It features a ski/walk mode that gives you the freedom to carry an efficient stride when skinning or bootpacking, but it delivers a burly 130 flex and lateral stiffness for the gnarliest, high-speed descents. Because the ski boot is the most personal of ski gear, the Factor Mx offers you two customization features: a heat-moldable Power liner and interchangeable sole blocks. The liner hugs your every foot curve for maximum energy efficiency and comfort, and you can swap from DIN-compatible sole blocks for a day at the resort to AT/Tech-compatible for a dawn-patrol powder mission. The Triax Pro frame and overlap construction mean smooth yet rigid forward flex for high performance on the descent and ascent. Capable in-resort, hucking meat and stomping it, yet equipped for backcountry excursions for those sick lines calling your name, the Factor gives you that added climbing convenience without compromise.

  • Triax Pro Frame shell
  • Overlap shell construction
  • 130 flex
  • 100mm, V-shaped last
  • FMx Power Liner
  • Plastic liner tongue
  • Two-way stretch toe box
  • Four micro-adjustable buckles
  • Ski/walk mode with 40 degree range of motion
  • Interchangeable alpine and AT tech sole blocks

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4 5

Almost perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a bit skeptical to get another iteration of the BD Factor boot after breaking 4 ski walk mode pieces, which were a chore to repair in the backcountry. Ended up getting these on holiday sale through BD and was pleasantly surprised.

These are a much warmer boot than their predecessors, however almost too warm. The boots make my feet sweat more than any other I have owned, which can be problematic on multi-day excursions. Its also a shame that BD decided to axe the half sizes. I prefer a performance fit and will have to purchase an intuition liner to bring the boot down to a true 25.

These are lighter and more comfortable than the 2010 factor as well. No issues with the walk mode thus far, though I have had a few more issues with buckle icing in extreme cold than I did with the original.

Kudos to BD for re-engineering a boot and addressing many of the problems the field users were experiencing.

what is the difference between the MX and...

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what is the difference between the MX and the MX 130?

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Unless I am mistaken there is only two Black Diamond MX boots. The BD Factor MX 130 is the men's version, and the BD Shiva MX 110 is the women's model. The number in the name refers to the flex for that model.

5 5

Happy To A Factor of 130

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just purchased these from Pro Ski & Guiding in North Bend, WA after doing considerable AT boot research. My goal was to find a boot that would work well for touring but not compromise performance following a chairlift ride to the top. As idealistic as I thought my wishes were, this boot actually succeeds at the downhill part. In fact, it's an improvement over my prior downhill boot (Technica ICON ~10+ yrs. old). Skied on them for the first time yesterday and, so far, there's plenty of stiffness (and it's a smooth flex at 30 degrees F), they're evenly snug everywhere on my average size/shape feet, they're noticeably lighter, and they may end up improving my skiing by offering adjustability in my forward lean angle. Being more upright than my traditional downhill boots actually required noticeably less effort (skied on a K2 Sidestash with tip rocker). I'll have to report back on the touring side of things, but walking around the lodge and home seems quite comfortable. 5 stars so far!

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What is the BSL of the 25.5?

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What is the BSL of the 25.5?

Do the Factor MXs only come in .5 sizes?

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Do the Factor MXs only come in .5 sizes?

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They will indeed only come in .5 Mondo sizes. The shells are full whole sizes and the liners are .5 sizes.