Why we chose the Lange XT3 LV: Narrow fit, downhill focused, touring capable
Last: 97 mm
Cuff Range: 53°
BSL: 303 (27)
Binding Compatibility: WTR certified bindings and tech bindings
Weight (per boot): 1,790 (26.5)
The Lange XT3 130 LV is Lange’s latest iteration of their extremely successful XT range of ski touring boots. The XT series has been built with the ability to ascend, but with all the focus on the downhill. The XT3 130 continues this mantra, while coming in at a lower weight and with an improved walk mode.
Lange XT3 LV Build
The main talking point with this boot is in the all-new and improved V-Lock walk mode. While it looks pretty similar to the ski / walk locking mechanism found on previous XT touring boots, this new system provides a boost of 11 degrees in forward range of motion.
Once you’re ready to click into ski mode, the metal-on-metal locking mechanism provides a rock-solid connection for heightened power transfer and precision – helping this boot live up to its claimed 130 flex rating.
Aside from the increase in range of motion, there hasn’t been too much change with this walk mode. But, saying that, it’s always been an effective walk mode that puts skiing at the heart of its design, so we’re not fussed that it remains unchanged.
The boost in cuff range of motion is combined with Lange’s Friction Free Hinge. This pivot point provides a fluid and, as the name suggests, friction-free movement as the cuff is released into walk mode. This theoretically helps to provide a more natural, and therefore efficient, stride when you’re looking to cover ground in the backcountry.