Gear Institute's Best Backcountry Boots of 2012-13: Lange XT 130

The Lange XT 130 is a four-buckle freeride boot with a walk mode

Lange XT 130.     Photo: Lange

THE GOOD
    •    Very smooth and consistent flex on the down.
    •    Clean design and appearance—it just looks smooth.
    •    Robust rubber sole/tip and tail attachments—excellent on your feet.
    •    Dual last options allow skiers to dial in the best possible fit.

THE BAD
    •    No tech fittings.
    •    Fairly heavy compared to other four-buckle freeride boots.
    •    Walk mode is sufficient but range of motion is limited.
    •    Heavy on the tour, but about average weight for freeride/frontside.

THE VERDICT
The Lange XT 130 is a performance-driven option that can drive any ski around the resorts in true alpine fashion, but will have no problem bootpacking or skinning just outside the gates. The flex might not be quite 130, but it’s the consistency that shines more than the stiffness. Long tours? Not its forte.

Read the full review at Gear Institute, a network of the best outdoor gear testers in America, dedicated to providing the most professional, objective, and helpful advice you can get about the gear you depend on.

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