Lange XT 130 ReviewJanuary 14, 2016
- Very smooth and consistent flex on the down
- Clean design and appearance
- Robust rubber sole/tip and tail attachments
- Redesigned toebox and instep
- Warm temps seriously affect the fore/aft stiffness
- Walk mode is sufficient but not generous
- No tech fittings
The updated Lange XT 130 continues to be a performance-driven option that charges around the resort, and plays nice just beyond the gates. The flex consistency is still progressive and smooth, yet it still doesn’t reach that 130 index they claim.
Like all things Lange, the XT 130 is an elegant looking boot and inspires confidence. Lange redesigned the lower shell to accommodate more room in the toe box, which was immediately noticeable when the boots get put on.
The walk mode wasn’t a huge benefit for striding, but for daylong use for instructors and patrollers, it’s enough for standing and/or working around the resort on a daily basis.
The sole included a rubberized covering under the instep, making them better suited for walking over talus and rocks, not to mention climbing lift towers for mechanics and patrollers.
The heel pocket was well designed and held snugly and provided quick back and forth responsiveness without pinching or cutting off circulation. Fore and aft, they were a little soft, considering they’re calling it 130 flex. But the flex is consistent. In unseasonably warm conditions the PU material responded accordingly, meaning they were unbelievably mushy. Stock liner is a bit heavy but comfy. And the toggle on the walk mode was easy to flick up and down for on the fly adjustment throughout the day.
The XT 130s are an inbounds boot with a walk mode. They allow the user to be able to stand up in the tram line, or walk to the parking lot. Having a scuff guard under the arch, as well as replaceable toe and heels, allows the XT a longer life span.