Serious performance for the backcountry.
The XT 130 Freetour Ski Boot is Lange's stiffest for skiers who appreciate backcountry's serene beauty but still desire a hard-charging ride back down to the car. Its 130 flex serves the performance that intermediate to advanced skiers look for, or skiers on the heavier side. Its mono-injected Grilamid construction keeps this lightweight boot stiff for seasons, and the 2.0 Ski/Hike mode uses a solid metal-on-metal locking mechanism that won't wear down like most touring boots do.
Lange equipped the XT 130 with an Ultralon liner that's thermo-moldable for comfort that's customized to your foot's shape. The XT 130 comes different lasts to accommodate various foot sizes, and this version best suits those with wider feet. Underfoot, this boot features an Ultra Grip Walk to Ride rockered sole that eases hiking, enhances traction, and accommodates touring and WTR bindings. There are also inserts for tech bindings.
- Lange's stiffest ski boot for alpine touring
- 130 flex serves up high performance for advanced skiers
- 100mm last offers a higher volume for wider feet
- WTR Ultra Grip sole provides robust traction on any surface
- 2.0 Ski/Hike system with 40 degrees of cuff rotation
- Grilamid mono-injected shell keeps the boot stiff and light
- Thermo-moldable Ultralon liner offers a customized fit
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- Q & A
Hot Lap Nirvana
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The future of ski touring is here for those who go beyond the “wiggle” to carve deep flowing trenches across the epic canvas of a big mountain; a fantastic boot for aggressive skiing and cutting steep skin tracks.
This is a rare touring boot that provides the same precise and balanced connection to the ski through the entire foot as an alpine boot. Additionally, it has the flex progression and rebound of an alpine boot. These features allow you to get low and drive a fat ski with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel across steep and variable terrain; leaving a masterpiece solo track that others will admire, but not dare dollar sign.
That same balance and fit allows you to get all the grip from your skins on the ascent. A generous range of motion forward AND rear is suitable for long approaches. I have done two full days on this boot so far without the slightest discomfort.
Buckles are easy and quick to use with gloves on. The Ski / Walk mode is more robust than a hammer and has not once slipped on me.
The liner packs in quickly, but there is plenty of adjustment available to keep the fit snug. My feet got a little chilly skiing waist deep cold smoke in the single digits, but warmed up just fine on the ascent for me to enjoy several laps of Eric Claptoning my way through the white room all afternoon. Note, however the liner is made to seamlessly accept a heated footbed. It also is reinforced for precise control on the down, and is designed to flex around the heel for comfort on the up.
Walk to Ride din plate limits this boots ability to climb rocky faces, but it accepts crampons without a problem. You may not want to drive your truck to dawn patrol in these boots, but you can set/climb a booter with confidence.
As a bonus this boot brings enough lime for an entire case of Coronas at the summit of your favorite sunset line.
My foot is a mondo 27, 101 wide, with a high arch, and high volume bridge and calf. The size 26.5 100mm version of this boot fit me perfectly out of the box. No hot spots, arch, ankle, calf, and heel feel great.
I am 5’8”, 170lbs, put my ass to grass in every turn, and find this boot to be a soft 130; but perfectly capable of driving a 112 underfoot ski through deep heavy pow, across hardpack, and variable hard-soft wind slab.
No problems whatsoever engaging my Dynafit Radical 2.0 in cold powder or wet soft snow.
Will post a durability update at the end of the season here in the Wasatch.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Lightweight and tight. Stiff as high performance boot shud,be.
but these are the most comfortable boots I've ever used.
High Performing Hybrid Boot
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Happy feet make for happy days skiing and if your boots don't fit well, you certainly aren't going to be enjoying skiing. I have had issues finding my unicorn of a boot that fits my feet and does what I need it to do. This is it so far. I have wide-ish feet, with a relatively flat arch. I wanted a high performing boot that I could ski inbounds with and hop into a tech binding for backcountry skiing. This wasn't even on the radar until I slipped it on and it seems that Lange knocked it out of the park.
- Some other boots with a wider last seem too roomy above the toes, these hug the feet nicely and fit snugly. Haven't had much for hotspots or feet feeling overworked in the 16/17 season that they've been used so far.
- Flex of boots is relative, but these 130's seem to hold up to aggressive skiing. There might be stiffer 130 flexes out there for hybrid boots (cough cough Technica Cochises), but I would definitely call them stiff and high performing.
- Lugs for tech soles. I'm rocking Kingpins with these and they work great. Would have been nice to have rockered soles with a bit better grip than just WTR but I'll take what I can get.
- The walk mode isn't anything particularly standout, but does what it needs to do, touring is totally comfortable in these. Have mostly spent half days in them so far for touring and no uncomfortable feet.
- The buckles are fantastic. They have a bit of a raised part to get your hand under to unbuckle, easy to use. Also have the extendable bit on the top two buckles to make it easier to clamp down. Little features that goes a long way.
- By the love of all that is holy, who designed how the liner/shell work when trying to take your feet out of the boot? The liner folds over on itself behind the heel and the bottom half pieces of the boot dig into your arch of your foot. I've finally found some ways to take off the boot with minimal foot torture, but I can't believe that made it off the production line like that. The tongue on the liner then gets stuck inbetween the two pieces and is a hassle and a half to get back. That alone knocked off the star to make it 4/5.
- The switch to walk mode could be a better buckle/strap as it can be hard to grab with mittens or thick gloves, but not the end of the world.
- Feet do get a bit chilly. Not sure if its the material of the plastic that doesn't insulate well or we really just have had cold weather, but something to note. I'll report back on some longer term use.
Overall, if you have a Lange foot that you've been looking for a good hybrid boot that'll handle inbound ripping with a healthy portion of touring in tech bindings, you now have an option from Lange. Don't hesitate reaching out to me at my direct line 801.204.4547 or email@example.com if you have any questions on sizing of these, what bindings to pair these with, or other questions and I'd be happy to help!
I have two questions. First, What makes the last different in the 130 XT 100mm last and 130 XT 97mm "low volume" model, is it merely a different liner or is it the shell itself that has a lower volume? Second, what is the BSL of these boots at a 27.7 size? Thanks.
Hi Daniel, The LV (Low Volume) version of the boot means that the entire bottom part of the boot (where your foot goes) is going to be smaller. It is going to be narrower and shorter over the forefoot. The BSL on this boot in a 27.5 is 316mm. If you have any other questions, please reach out to me directly and I'll get you taken care of. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead