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Compromise no more and climb on.

Why compromise performance for comfort when the Lange Men's XT 130 LV Ski Boot provides everything your powder-hungry, fast-skiing, and air-stomping heart desires? Built with a 130-rated flex, this ultra-stiff boot gives you the power to charge hard and stomp airs, while its Power V-Lock technology ensures stellar range-of-motion when you head into the side-country.
  • Built with 130-rated flex, this ultra-stiff boot is designed to maximize energy transfer for precise control at high speeds
  • The 97mm low volume last provides a race-inspired fit for instant responsiveness
  • Natural stance mono-injected shells provide a neutral and upright stance, has more efficient power transfer on modern shaped and rockered skis, and ensures less quad fatigue for better, longer days on the slopes
  • Control Fit RL3 liner provides a high-density padding to reduce pressure points and is thermomoldable so you can dial in a precise fit
  • Power V-Lock articulates backwards for stellar hiking range-of-motion, engages forward and laterally for powerful downhill performance, and has no lower shell void
  • Engineered with Control Fit tech to provide an anatomically contoured heel cup, a tapered mid-foot zone, and an asymmetrical toe box for a more natural feel and improved circulation
  • A four-degree ramp angle moves your center of mass over the middle of your foot for increased control in variable conditions
  • Easy-to-access pull-tab switches latch from hike to ski mode
  • Ultra Grip soles provide sure-footed traction on the tram deck or the side-country boot pack

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Lange XTs can handle it all

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The Lange XTs can handle it all, even scrambling on snow laced cliffs.

2 5

Never buying a Lange boot again

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To start with, I've been skiing Langes longer than I can remember, and the XT 130 is the worst boot I've ever had.

I work on the mountain at a ski resort and put about 200 days on the boots in the last 2 seasons. Today I cracked the shell and have been told that it will not be covered by warranty, seems silly for a shell on its second season.

The original liner packed out after about 40 days, which is somewhat expected. The thermo fit was nice but killed some of the life of the liner.

The buckles are weak. I bent and broke many buckles touring, shoveling, and buckeling the boots. I think the making a weak buckle how lange managed to save weight on the boot which seems like a horrible sacrifice to me.

In addition to cracking the shell on the liner, after about 70 days the cuff started to pooch and warp.

The replaceable vibram soles are awesome. I couldn't notice any loss of power transfer due to the rubber. I did have to replace the heels and toes after about 100 days, but thats what's so awesome about them being replaceable.

Fit is definitely a performance fit, but is not as low volume as I expected.

Like most boots, the stock footbed is worthless.

Performance was good, but nothing outstanding.

Touring mode. Ha! Yeah right. The touring mode sorta kinda did maybe a little bit with the stock liner , maybe. Even if it did something, it was un-noticable. Once I packed it out and upgraded to an Intuition, I literally did nothing. With the buckles all the way undone and powerstrap un-velcroed, it literally did nothing. I will admit that I didn't expect much from it after looking at the design in the shop. Don't be fooled into thinking otherwise, the tour mode on this boot is an absolute joke. But to be fair, Lange's are performance boots, not touring boots.

In all, this might be a great boot for weekend warriors, but for a full time skier, this boot is not sufficient. Every aspect of the boot lacks in durability.

Wet fingertips from inside shell

Wet fingertips from inside shell

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A bit of silicon in the black piece on the toe or duck tape over it will fix your leaking issues

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Well I agree with Gavin that I do not really feel right about having to use duck tape on a $600+ pair of new boots... however if leaking was the only problem I would certainly not rate just a 2-out-of-5 stars ... (but Gavin had other additional issues with his boots that seem more serious!)

I do not have the XTs. I just bought the RX 130s last week, and they DO leak :-( ... I plan to add a review mentioning the leaking on the RX 130 page...

Damp footbeds

Damp footbeds

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Also look at the damp areas on my liner in the bottom left of the photo...

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Interesting but in the 20 years that i have been racing and free-skiing, i have never had a completely dry boot. Whether it be Salomon, Nordica, Lange, Tecnica. Between sweat and being in snow/water it is just part of the sport.

2 5

HUGE design flaw..

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far this season, I have had 10 good hard ski days on this boot both in Canada and Switzerland - with another 20+ days planned. It has been down to -27degC, boot-packed, instructed in and walked a fair distance. I love the way this boot feels and rides. I have had them professionally fitted/ alignment tweaked etc etc..
HOWEVER...there is one HUGE problem with this boot. It lets in snow through the area of the plastic overlap underneath the forefoot buckles. After only 2 - 2 1/2hrs of skiing, even in the mildest of temps (-1degC) my feet are like blocks of ice. The liners are seriously damp, even on the underside so much so that the underneath of my cork footbeds got damp. At -27DegC, the outside of the liner was frozen solid, which resulted in minor frostbite.. I initially thought that it was due to my feet sweating, but i have ruled that one out with the use of foot antiperspirant - bone dry feet + socks and still wet liners. Removing the liner reveals snow inside the shell. I have tried boot gloves, but snow still gets forced underneath and eventually inside the boot . The problem appears to be with the overlap design?approx 1mm at the toe, extending to a whopping 5mm where the cuff joins the lower shell. My kids boots have a better snow protection design. In all other aspects, these boots rock, but i would NOT recommend this boot to anyone. It shows that this is their 1st attempt at a free-ride/ alpine touring boot. I am trading these in for the new Salomon QuestMax 120. Duct Tape and silicone sealant are not the answer for an $650 pair of boots?
PLEASE NOTE - i did not purchase these boots from Backcountry. I feel compelled to pass on my findings..

HUGE design flaw..
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Is the leakage any different than a normal pair of Lange boots? I have seen people putting duct tape on them for 20 years.

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I have skied lange boots for the past 10 years and this boot is by far the worst I have ever had. I have a RX130 from two years ago and it is 1000 times better than this boot. The XT 130 was a waste of money and I hope lange takes care of me because this is unacceptable.

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I have 2 pairs of Lange boots I have been skiing in for the last 8 years - a pair of World Cup 130's and Banshee 130. All I have done to them for fitting with a good fitter was replace the liner with an Intuition and a good orthotic footbed and tome minor tweaking for fit and thats it. These two boots have NEVER let me down and I have never needed to use duct tape or anything else to keep snow out or to keep my feet warm. BY FAR the best boots I have ever skied in for resort/slackcountry downhill performance they're tough to beat! With that said I have not skied in the new Lange shells from the last few years but if other peoples XT or RS boots are doing the same then YES Lange DOES need to fix this as it would be a HUGE issue and concern. I'm glad Gavin posted this because I was ready to pull the trigger of a pair of XT 130's but now I'll wait to see if other people have had the same issue.

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Mr Baer ... As much as we appreciate reviews, and thorough ones even more, it still comes down to an individual's experience. As I've skied in mine for 45 days or so last season through out Colorado plentiful ski resorts inbounds and out, and experienced NO leakage that you're pointing out. My foot has always been secure and dry. Lange does not 'owe you' a refund but I'm sure if it's within your purchase ability they will take care of a pleasant customer without any issues. Call down and please keep the anger statements out of reviews.

5 5

Love Langes

  • 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!

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How about an update? Sounds like you could be more helpful than this.

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I got a pair this christmas and I cannot be happier with my purchase!!! So far I can comment on the hike function much except for the fact that it is great for walking around the resort and up and down stairs. The flex of this boot feels softer than a 130 but it is so damn smooth. I skied trees for two days this past weekend in Steamboat, and I felt like the boot was responsive to the point that I was using less energy and skiing better than I ever have. My feet are high volume and the 110 toe box was very comfortable with a great heel pocket. I went for custom insoles due to my very high arches and they feel dialed in. I am wondering if anyone has tried touring in these? They are lightweight for an alpine boot.

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How can you possibly write a review for a pair of SKI BOOTS with a disclaimer saying " I have not skied on this boot yet" ???
=== But anyway, at least it's nice to see that you posted an update AFTER you actually used the boots! (since the purpose of a ski boot review is to inform other prospective buyers about how the boots perform while fulfilling their purpose --namely how do they perform while skiing in them).

Also, I am glad to hear that at least for you the boots seem to have no leaking problems (or other problems).

I do not have the XT 130. I have the RX 130, and I was looking at this page because I was told that, besides the XT having the Power V-Lock feature (for walk/hike mode), there should not be much difference between the RX and the XT.

BTW: I used my new RX 130's only 1.5 days. One full day last Sunday at Stowe, VT (very cold day with temps in the lower digits on the top of the mtn), and then Tuesday night at Wachusett, MA where I skied for 3h in warm temps (40's). Both times the boots were absolutely GREAT to ski in... great control and I can say they are the most comfortable performance boots I ever skied in!!! (My previous ones were a 2010 Tecnica Viva Inferno Fling Flex 90 98-Last - which BTW: felt stiffer than these Lange RX 130s ).

The ONLY problem I have with these new Lange RX 130 is that they do leak!!! The liners got really wet, after both times I skied with them, even after just 3h of ski(!). I never had wet liners with any of my previous boots, so I am not sure if I should keep these RX 130 boots or not...