2016-2017 Lange XT 130 Freetour LV
Size Tested: 27.5
Available Sizes: 24.5-29.5 in 97mm (LV) and 100mm lasts
Stated BSL (27.5): 316 mm
Stated Last: 97 mm
Stated Range of Motion: 43°
Stated Weight (of a size 26.5): 1770 g per boot
Blister’s Measured Weight per Boot (27.5):
• Shells, no liners: 1470 & 1473 grams
• Liners, no footbeds: 350 & 347 grams (with stock insoles)
• Shells + Liners: 1820 & 1820 grams
Test Locations: Resort skiing in Alaska; Turnagain Pass backcountry; Heli ski guiding for Chugach
Powder Guides in Girdwood, AK.
- Salomon STH2 16
- Marker Kingpin 13
Days Tested: ~25
Prior to the XT 130 Freetour, Lange has never offered a boot with tech fittings, which to me means that they have never made a boot that I would consider for true ski touring, given the vast superiority of tech bindings vs. any frame binding on the market.
We have reviewed several iterations of the Lange XT 130, including the most recent 15/16 version which impressed us with its essentially full alpine performance, so we were excited to see what Lange would produce with their entry into the world of tech-compatible ski boots.
Lange describes the XT 130 Freetour as delivering “all the skiability of piste boots combined with the easy walking of ski-touring boots. Its Low Tech inserts are Dynafit certified and over-injected for enhanced stability and greater control. The Grilamid material makes climbing easier while delivering superlative downhill performance.”
Lange offers the XT 130 Freetour in the LV fit I tested (97 mm last) as well as a 100mm-lasted version.
I opted to review the Freetour in the same “LV” fit that I had success with in the 15/16 XT 130, and I plugged the ZipFit liners that I’d been using in the XT 130s right into the Freetour shells.
With the ZipFits, I’ve experienced the same excellent heel / ankle retention and overall fit I had with the XTs. And I still haven’t noticed any appreciable difference in the fit of the 15/16 XT 130 LV and the Freetour LV.
I only spent part of one day in the stock liners (I was skiing inbounds) because I spend a lot of time in my boots, and my ZipFits are hard to beat for comfort on long days of guiding.
My experience with the stock liners was positive; they have quite good heel hold, and a firm, supportive tongue. The tag on the liners states that they are made with Ultralon foam, which is the brand of foam used in Intuition liners but I have not had the chance to cook the liners yet. That said, the foam in the liners does not feel like the Ultralon foam in my Intuition-branded liners, and may be a different variation. Overall, they appear to be a well-designed liner—especially at 350 grams each—which is just 30 grams heavier than the Salomon MTN Lab liner, and about 100 g lighter than the stock liners of the 15/16 XT 130 LV.
The new Freetour skis just like the 15/16 XT 130 (which is remarkably stiffer and smoother-flexing than the 14/15 XT 130). So I highly recommend reading my (15/16) XT 130 review.
But while the XT 130 and the Freetour ski the same (which is very high praise for the Freetour), the Freetour weighs 150 g less than the XT 130, despite the addition of tech fittings. I even went as far as putting the 15/16 XT 130 on one foot and the XT 130 Freetour on the other for a day of lift-served skiing, and I couldn’t really tell the difference.
The same progressive flex, power, and support I got from the white XT 130 is still present in the new green Freetour.
I’ve never skied a boot with tech fittings that made no compromise on the descent until using the Freetour.
Even when skiing with my ~30 lb. guide pack and big skis (like the DPS Lotus 138 Spoon), I never felt like I needed more boot for riding big, steep, heavily-sluffing Alaskan terrain, where being able to punch out the bottom of big runs and over bergschrunds is critical.
In short, everything I wrote about the skiing performance of the 15/16 XT 130 LV is true of the XT 130 Freetour LV.
NEXT: Touring, Tech Fittings, Etc.