K2 Mindbender 130 Freeride Boot 2022 – 2023 | Review

The Mindbender range lives on with this extremely capable freeride boot - the Mindbender 130

Why we chose the K2 Mindbender 130: Smooth, responsive, versatile

Flex: 130
Last: 98 mm
Cuff Range: 50°
Forward Lean: 10 to 17°
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk / MNC / Tech bindings
Weight (per boot): 1,725g
Price: £600


With K2 acquiring Full Tilt boots, their range of ski boots has grown massively for this season. One boot, however, that’s long been a part of K2 boot range has been the Mindbender resort touring boot. It’s light enough for short to medium tours, while also capable of providing an extremely responsive flex pattern when it’s needed.

The K2 Mindbender 130 offers a beefed-up flex rating with a generous walk mode, resulting in a freeride ski boot that’s capable of driving a range of skis at speed; no matter the conditions.

K2 Mindbender 130 Build

K2’s Powerlock Spyne has been a frequent feature on the Mindbender boots since they first came to market in 2019, and it lives on in this version. This lever is quickly becoming the adopted solution for ski boot manufacturers to create a touring boot that’s able to keep up high levels of downhill performance.

It all works through this simple lever mechanism. Flip the lever up and you’re released into walk mode. In this case, you’ve got 50 degrees of range of motion in the cuff (which is near enough free from any friction). Flip the lever back down and you’re locked back into a pretty powerful downhill mode.

The whole boot is made up from K2’s Powerlite shell,  which is essentially a TPU overlap shell that’s made up from four different stiffnesses of TPU depending on where strength and stiffness is required. This TPU also varies in its thickness in certain areas. It’s pretty clever stuff really and means that K2 has managed to get the weight down to an impressively low number, while still upholding some best-in-class levels of downhill performance.

It looks like K2 has also brought the tech inserts into the actual shell of the boot, rather than on the removable outsole blocks. This is a pretty neat feature as it means you’re going to be getting direct power transfer to the tech bindings, rather than any potential slop that may develop from removable outsoles.

And speaking of binding compatibility, you’ve got GripWalk soles; something which is now becoming the adopted norm for boot soles. This means the boots will fit into a huge range of alpine, alpine touring and, of course, tech bindings thanks to those tech inserts.

We’d say the flex felt a touch softer than the advertised 130, particularly after A/B-ing them with similar boots claiming to be 130. This isn’t anything against the boot whatsoever. It says a lot about the fantastic progressive flex in the boots, where the boot begins quite soft before ultimately providing you with a stronger flex the deeper you press into the cuff.

This provides an extremely snappy and powerful boot, while that softer flex at the top end works to smooth out any bumps. The Mindbender range comes in eight different flex ratings, ranging from the 140 ‘Team’, via this 130 flex version and going all the way down to 95. The range includes options for men, women and juniors. 

K2 Mindbender 130 Fit

We were testing the 98mm ‘LV’, or low volume, version of this boot and found them to provide a fantastic wrap around the foot. The powerlite liner paired with the toughened powerlite shell provided fantastic heel hold, without any of us having to ratchet down the instep buckle in an effort to keep our heels locked in.

Who Is The K2 Mindbender 130 For?

We’ve been stoked with how the whole Mindbender range has performed while out testing them in Flachau. The boots provide a really smooth flex – one of the best in the freeride touring boot market, in fact – while also offering a fantastic performance-focused fit.

What Is The K2 Mindbender 130 Good At?

Performance: 9/10
Fit: 9/10
Walk mode: 8/10

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