Apex XP-L

Model Year
2017-18
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
101
Flex Index
105; 95/105/115 range
Price (MSRP)
$849.00USD

The Gist

Our test team, comprised of Apex-testing veterans and newbies alike, took the all new 2018 Apex XP-L through its paces and came out the other side with praise for the comfort and convenience of the system's inner walking boot and an appreciation for Apex's unique approach. Testers said that if the act of having to walk in ski boots is what keeps a skier from skiing, then this may be her sport's salvation.

The Fit

Testers reported that the inner boot fit was anatomical and secure, by way of the dual Boa reel closure system. However they reported a variety of fit inconsistencies when the inner boot was mated with the exterior open-chassis. Custom molding the liner did help to moderate the fit tension somewhat, they said, but some found that issues persisted at the navicular, ankle bones and shin.

Performance

Testers familiar with previous women's versions approved of the changes made this year, adopted from the men's XP. The boot sole length is shorter, providing a smaller footprint on the ski, and the docking tolerances between the soft boot and the exterior frame are tighter, for better transmission of movement from skier to ski, both of which they could feel. These veteran testers also noted that the lateral power of the boot was improved over previous iterations, partly due to a new carbon-fiber-infused nylon heel cup on this year's frame. Testers agreed that when compared to other boots of the category at this year's test, the XP-L's edging quickness and general fore-aft support lagged a bit behind the group.

Cool Features

A few testers took advantage of the stance and flex adjustments on board the XP-L. As with the men's version, the flex is adjustable in three settings using elastomer bushings, and the forward lean can be set in one of four positions. A dual-sided lateral cuff adjustment functions to better match leg angles for a flat ski position on snow.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
23-27
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Exoframe
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
HP-L, $699
Cantology Compatible 
  • 2017-18 Apex XP-L at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Apex XP-L at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Apex XP-L at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Apex XP-L at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Great to remove the inner from the frame for walking in the lodge!” -- Kimberly Kinney
  • “For the right skier it has so much potential—unique and skis surprisingly well!” -- Danielle Goldsmith-Rahill
  • “Using the flex adjustment to stiffen the flex helped.” -- Kori Coggin
  • “The stance starts you out in a good way.” -- Amy Post
  • “Apex stepped up their game this year! More powerful and stable on edge. Impressed!” -- Emily Poore
  • “They are unique and someone out there will love the versatility of this boot! ” -- Julia Carr
  • “Warm! Great for those who have difficulty getting into a hard-shell boot.” -- Melodie Buell
  • “Feels good for apres! Comfy. Feels good for walking and driving.” -- Megen Johnson

Caveats

  • “Not much sense of dynamic balance and minimal support. ” -- Melodie Buell
  • “Remember Big Feet? They might pair well, because the front of my ski was useless.” -- Megen Johnson
  • “Slow response to movements and I couldn't find the ski edge.” -- Kimberly Kinney
  • “It's not magic—needs a bootfitter for the initial set up and along the way.” -- Danielle Goldsmith-Rahill
  • “I was all over the place—hard to control.” -- Kori Coggin
  • “Edge power--non-existent. Quickness--what quickness?” -- Julia Carr
  • “When you're out of the frames you have to carry or stash them—not convenient.” -- Emily Poore

This boot available at...

Steamboat Springs, CO
Big Bear Lake, CA
Breckenridge, CO
Morris Plains, NJ

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