Lange – XT 130 Freetour
This has been an outstanding year for new boots, with most manufacturers delivering either significant upgrades or extremely interesting new models. So there were more models than ever in the running for our Boot of the Year gong.
But after some careful inspection, one boot stood out: the Lange XT130 Freetour takes the winner’s tape by moving ever-onwards towards our goal of a true do-it-all boot. The guts include ever-decreasing weight thanks to liner weight reduction and a workable (and extremely luminous) Grilamid shell, a true stiff 130 flex plus a 110-flex option for lighter skiers, a women’s option and super-importantly, a lower-volume 97mm last option (the standard is 100). The walk mode is significantly more flexible than the piste-derived all-terrain boots, and the close fit and lightness on the foot (it weighs 1760g per boot) gives a true ski-mountaineering feel.
Once locked up, the power from the stiff shell is strong and suits aggressive freeriding; even the 110 flex option is still a strong option. With real up and down ability and plenty of fit options, plus ping-out looks we’re delighted to make the Lange XT130 Freetour our Boot of the the Year.