The XTD 130 has a stated last width of 98 mm in a size 26.5, and the last width increases by 2 mm for every size you go up — so a 27.5 has a 100 mm last; a 28.5 has a 102 mm last, etc.
I “memory fit” / heat molded the XTD 130 — both the shell and the liner — then went and toured in the boot. And the fit out of the box was spot on. I didn’t have a single pressure point, there was no rubbing or blistering, just a very nice fit. And I had achieved a similarly-good fit with the 4-buckle Hawx Ultra 130.
(By the way, this is typically the worst part of reviewing new AT boots — if issues begin to arise halfway through the tour, you’re screwed, and at the very least, you might have to shut down prematurely an otherwise good day in the mountains. So having zero issues on the first day out is a pretty big deal.)
(1) The XTD has a slightly longer BSL, presumably to make room for its tech fittings.
(2) The XTD has the same walk mode as the Atomic Backland Carbon — and we’ve already found the Backland’s walk mode to be very good. Its engagement is solid, and we haven’t had any issues with it failing to lock / unlocking at inopportune moments.
Some Comparisons & Specs
We’ll be fleshing these comparisons out further, but in the interest of locating the Ultra XTD 130 among the rest of the field, here are some initial stats and specs.
Blister’s Measured Weight (27.5):
• Shells, no liners: 1470 & 1473 grams
• Liners, no footbeds: 350 & 347 grams (with stock insoles)
• Shells + Liners: 1820 & 1820 grams
Stated Range of Motion: 43°
Blister’s Measured Weight (size 27.5):
- Shells, no liners: 1335 & 1333 g
- Liners, no footbeds: 220 & 225 g
- Shells + Liners: 1555 & 1558 g
Stated Range of Motion: 44°
Blister’s Measured Weight (26.5):
• Shells, no liners: 1257 & 1246 grams
• Liners + laces, no footbeds: 288 & 303 grams
• Shells + Liners: 1545 & 1549 grams
Stated Range of Motion: 47°
I’ve been on the record for a while now stating that the MTN Lab is my favorite AT boot ever. So for me personally, the primary questions I have are: How does the XTD 130 stack up? Which boot has the more progressive flex? Which boot is stiffer? Which boot walks better?
Well, as part of my testing of the XTD 130, I’ve just spent a day A/B-ing it against the MTN Lab. And if you want to read my initial thoughts on that comparison, check out my Flash Review.
My full review of the XTD 130 will come later as I get more time in the boot. Stay tuned…