Pros: Comfortable, powerful, great cuff ROM for touring
Cons: No dynafit inserts
The other half of the fit is due to asymmetrically molded heel pads, and a tongue that attaches on the sides so it leaves room for high insteps without crushing them, yet enough padding and a well placed buckle to hold low-volume feet securely in place.
The key to the XT's backcountry performance lies in their Power V-Lock which allows the cuff to rotate backward with very little friction. This yields a supremely comfortable walk mode, whether you're just standing around at the end of a day of skiing, or earning turns and want as much ankle movement as possible to lengthen your stride and make shorter work of your time on the skin track.
When you lock the cuff, the V-Lock mates with the lower shell in such a way that it effectively mimics a solid shell and you get excellent downhill performance. Maybe not race caliber, but more than enough for driving any size ski you prefer in or out of bounds in whatever snow condition happens to dominate your day.
About the only thing not to like is the absence of tech fittings so you could apply Lange power and Lange comfort with a light weight Dynafit binding for long tours in the backcountry. For the moment, this is an excellent first step out of bounds for a brand whose reputation is solidly inside the lines.
More details at EarnYourTurns.com.
First impression of the Lange XT
A closer look at the Lange XT