Lange XT 110 W LV ReviewMay 29, 2015
- Shockingly comfortable for such a strong boot
- Thinsulate liner means warm toes even on the coldest days
- 97-mm last may be too narrow for wider feet
- Aluminum buckles feel flimsy
If you spend most of your time ripping around the resort but you occasionally head into the backcountry and you want one boot that does it all, Lange’s XT 110 W LV is a great choice. It’s a low-volume women’s boot designed for expert-level girls who normally find women’s gear too soft. If you want a high performance boot that’s less stiff and more forgiving, opt for the Lange XT 90 or 80 boots instead.
Lange made a dedicated boot mold for their XT line—designed for adventure skiers who may be hiking for fresh snow. Their commitment to fit and performance, including an increased range of motion in walk mode, is clear. The boot slides on and off with ease and fits like a slipper right out of the box. It drives the ski effortlessly and handles all types of terrain. If you’re used to wearing Lange boots, this boot will feel like coming home after a long journey.
These boots transfer energy from your feet to your skis whether you’re in powder, crud, or on hardpack. They ski like downhill race boots but are way more comfortable. Flick the switch on the back of the heel for walk mode and you’ll experience a subtle but noticeable forward movement. The boot’s slightly rockered soles makes walking easier whether you’re on a bootpack or crossing a slippery parking lot.
Lange’s Control-Fit liner contains Thinsulate, an insulating material that keeps your feet toasty. The toe box feels remarkably roomy given how narrow the boot is, which helps prevent frosty toes.
These boots are stiff, although not overbearing, and they’re best suited for women with narrow feet. If you’re not a strong enough skier, they may end up taking you for a ride instead.