Lange RS 130

Model Year
2017-18
Category
Frontside
Last Width
97
Flex Index
130
Cantology Compatible
YES
Price (MSRP)
$850.00USD
The 2017- Lange RS 130 was tested in the Men's frontside category at Mt Bachelor by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters.

The Gist

The patriarch of the RS blue boot family, 2018 Lange RS 130 returned to our boot test this year packing a full slate of revisions to shell and liner. It left after a week of rigorous testing with the highest score of any boot, men's or women's, out of all categories.

The Fit

The challenge for Lange with the RS wasn't just to come up with a new shell and liner but to come up with both of those that were better than what they already had, which was pretty damn good. The shell is tightened internally in the heel pocket but also more defined in the ankles. The liner is more anatomically sculpted with firm pre-molded material in the ankle and heel area and its exterior material is stiffer this year and also precisely matched to the interior shape of the shell. Testers said mission accomplished—the fit is stronger in the heel and more comfortable in the ankle, but with an even, performance-minded grip all along the foot and into the cuff. From the initial entry to the end of each tester's on-snow session, they said the fit was an ideal wrap of the foot and the leg.

Performance

Externally, the shell of the RS 130 is thicker this year in the heel counter and up through the spine of the cuff for a more powerful drive train, and modifications were made to the thickness of plastic in key areas to enhance feel for snow and prevent a fold-over flex feel when taxed. In both the shell and upper cuff, new Dual Core construction employs a less dense plastic sandwiched between higher density plastic to generate a tensile energy in the material itself. Testers don't know how they did it, but they agreed on all counts—stronger, more tactile, and quicker all around this year. Testers mentioned that the turn seemed to start earlier and felt more round from start to finish than with the RS boots of old.

Cool Features

Everything a high performance skier needs and nothing else here: removable rear spoiler, double liner pull loops, cam lock power strap, single side set-screw cuff adjustment, easy-open bottom buckles and a toe dam that doesn't leak.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-29.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
RS 120, $700; RS 100, $600
Cantology Compatible 
YES
Total Avg Score 
23.19
  • 2017-18 Lange RS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Lange RS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • Jim Schaffner testing the 2017-18 Lange RS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Lange RS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “So great, words fail me! If you are a very good skier, forget the RX and go straight to the blue boot!” -- Jackson Hogen
  • “Comes on strong! The get-up-and-go meter is pegged!” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “The change in the way this model enters the turn made a great design even better!” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “Great anatomical fit—no pressure points. Great boot.” -- Russ Jackson
  • “Solid, consistent and firm fit! Excellent balance and they nailed the power and agility blend.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “About as responsive as it gets. Best of test.” -- Jeff Harper
  • “Nearly perfect—stay in the tongue and auto-pilot comes alive.” -- Erik Korman
  • “Turbo-charged AWD Porsche meets Hummer!” -- Jeff Rich
  • “Lange has managed to improve an already perfect boot. Work of art!” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Lange, once again, has totally changed how good a ski boot can be. Everyone else is back to playing catch-up.” -- Scott Blackwell
  • “Hugs and snugs the entire foot for the Zen fit—one with my boots.” -- Jack Rafferty
  • “Even contact everywhere—the liner gets better the more you ski it! Didn't want to take it off.” --

Caveats

  • “I slipped and fell on my ass! No Vibram, damn.” -- Brian Elling

This boot available at...

Columbia, SC
Morris Plains, NJ
Westwood, NJ
Ellicottville, NY
Wethersfield, CT
Valatie, NY

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