The real deal.
When you want the precise performance of a race boot on both the front and backside of the mountain, look no further than the Lange Men's XT 130 LV Ski Boot. Being the low volume option of the XT 130, this boot has a narrow 97mm last, making it ideal for narrow feet and hard-chargers who want that precise, performance-first fit from their boots. Combining the legendary performance of Lange with the added convenience of a walk mode, the XT 130 is a true game-changer in the freeride world. A lot of boots may claim to combine hard-charging performance with a walk mode, but few, if any, have either the pedigree or powerful features of the Lange XT.
With a stiff 130 flex, four aluminum buckles, and a metal-on-metal walk mode, the XT 130 serves up the same stiff and powerful feel you'd expect from a pair of Langes, but with a few added bells and whistles to make the transition from frontside groomers to backcountry zones that much easier. The Ski/Hike System 2.0 features Lange's Power V-Lock technology, which consists of a metal-on-metal lock, so when they're locked in, they're locked in tight. The metal-on-metal connection also ensures that the system doesn't wear out after heavy and repeated use. Once flipped into walk mode, the XTR provides a respectable 20-degrees of cuff rotation, making the bootpack to those drool-worthy lines a whole lot easier. The interchangeable soles can be switched between rockered WTR soles and Lange's Ultra Grip traditional alpine soles.
As you probably already suspected, the XT 130 is made with a combination of two top-shelf plastics, giving the boots a powerful and progressive flex, so you won't feel like you've sacrificed an ounce of performance for the added convenience of a walk mode. The cuff is composed of a stiff polyolefin plastic, while the shell material is a polyether material, which makes the XT just a bit more forgiving and easier on the feet. The Boot comes with Lange's Thermofit RL3 liner, which is heat-moldable to ensure a precise and comfortable fit and is equipped with a lace closure system, making every detail of this boot hellbent on one thing: crushing the steeps.
- 130 flex index
- 97mm last
- Thermofit RL3 liner (heat-moldable)
- Adjustable canting
- Ski Hike System 2.0 walk mode
- Interchangeable WTR rockered and Ultra Grip alpine soles
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- Q & A
Awesome Boots for Downhill and Touring
These boots are super comfortable and versatile. They clip very easily and have a walk mode, which is clutch! I have to get mine punched out (I got the LV, which are narrower), but they are super comfortable otherwise.
Not good if you want to stick landings
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
First impressions of this boot when slipping it on in my house was "damn, these feel really good." I opted to go with the 100mm last after previously being in 98mm or smaller in my race boots and the Head Venture. I wasn't looking to do much boot work, and just wanted a boot that I can ski in all day. After a few days of skiing, this boot becomes very roomy. So much that I need to wear a thicker sock if I want to ski the way I want.
If you are expecting a true 130 flex, look elsewhere. I found this to be pretty darn soft and would often find myself getting bucked forward on harsh bumps. The flex feels decent on groomers but on off-piste terrain, it is very quick and unsubstantial.
As far as the walk mode goes, I notice a lot of play between engagement in leaning back and when you can push into the flex on the front. Standing in them and rocking back and forth you can really feel how much play there is, and then once you get charging it shows itself even more. It made me feel uneasy in some no fall situations and just didn't inspire the confidence I was expecting. Maybe I was asking to much from a boot with a walk mode. I read one review that said the strap was nice and grippy...that could not be further from the truth. The strap frequently slides up onto my shin if not cinched down tight enough. It would be well worth the upgrade to booster straps.
Positive things I can say about this boot are that it is pretty light and the range of motion is great. On the tours I have been on, I had no complaints. The sole is nice and grippy and I could see it being very useful of accessing the backcountry by snowmobile. Overall, if you can only have one boot, this one is will do the job. If you are a hard charger and are frequently pushing the limits, I would suggest something like the RX without the walk mode. I really don't know what kind of hard charging other people are speaking of. Flexing the boot in the parking lot, I can literally deform the whole plastic and lower buckles. And I should mention I only weight 155 lbs. Definitely not a 130 flex boot.
I have a low volume foot and the Lange low volume is the best I've been able to find. The boot is great for hard chargers who get into the backcountry. I wear a 9.5 shoe and ski in the 26.5
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this ski boot. With a flex of 130 you know that you are going to get the most performance oriented ski boot. Since these are the LV (low volume) model the last is 97mm, one of the narrowest on the market for ultimate control. I've really enjoyed he rockered soles and he walk mode. I have done a hand full of tours in this boot and it has performed with no complaints, the ultra grip soles are just that, ultra grippy! I'd recommend this boot to anyone who is an expert level skier who likes to do some sidecountry and backcountry touring but still wants a very hard charging Lange alpine boot. This boot has excellent heel hold and has multiple adjustments that you can do even if you're not an expert boot fitter.