My Test Drive of the 2013 Lange 130XT LV
Size 26.5 306mm
5'8" 195 lbs Foot Size 9.5 EE
In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a paid employee of the Rossignol Sports Group. I'm the GM/Buyer for www.SuburbanSkiAndBike.com a specialty ski and bike shop in the mountain town of Berlin CT. All joking aside, I'm an avid BC skier both on Telemark and Alpine gear and a PSIA Nordic member.
Lets start by saying I was very excited to get a pair of these boots to test out. I currently have a pair of Dalbello Virus Tours that I've skied on for the past two seasons and my new "go to" alpine boot is the Lange RS130 Wide. This morning, I literally grabbed the box of boots, jumped in my car and drove the 40 minutes to nearby Ski Sundown. I pulled the packing material out of the boots and dropped my foot in. I was immediately amazed by how nice the liner fit. And for you Lange fans like me, the best part was the boot fit like a Lange! Next, I clicked into my skis, an Elan 888 with Marker Baron Bindings. The Lange 130XT has a DIN sole so it will work with most AT and Alpine bindings (Sorry no Tech inserts for the Dyna-Fiddle Fans).
We're lucky to have nearby Ski Sundown available to test equipment. It's amazing that with the weather we've had, they are 100% open with great coverage and conditions. Now, it was time to ski. As soon as I made my first turns, I knew this boot was a home run, it has almost the same feel as my RS 130 boot. I made some short, long, and medium radius turns and everything seemed familiar. At the bottom of the run and in the lodge I checked out the tour/walk mode. In my opinion, it seems to have more range of motion than the ever popular Black Diamond Factor but not as much as my before mentioned Virus. I'll report back on this design feature when I do my first Tour with this boot in the near future.
Thor Verdonk and the Italians have hit another ball out of the park with this design. I can't tell you how excited I am to sell Lange boots in our store.