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Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

2 5

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..
I have posted photos on the Lange xt130 page

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Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

2 5

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..
I have posted photos on the lange xt130 page.

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Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead wrote a review of on January 5, 2013

HUGE design flaw..
2 5

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..

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