K2 Luv 110 LV

Model Year
2018-19
Category
All-Mountain
Last Width
98
Flex Index
110
Price (MSRP)
$750.00USD
The 2018/2019 K2 Luv 110 LV was tested in the women's All-Mountain narrow category at Silver Mountain Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.

The Gist

The 2019 K2 Luv 110 LV's debut at the boot test left testers with a feeling of déjà vu—hadn't they just tested this boot previously but with an MV at the end of its name? And they loved it for the same attributes the MV showed off: lightweight, easy on and off, comfortable, warm, solid on edge and quick-enough arc to arc—all the things that make a great ski boot great! But they gave the Luv 110 LV general demerits for not belonging in the narrow category, fit-wise—so, good reader, take this good boot's scores with a grain of salt.

The Fit

Our test team checked off a lot of 3's in the fit impressions columns on their test forms, indicating a middle of the road medium-width fit. Not that there's anything wrong with that! It's just that when tested up against the other juggernaut narrows in the test group, the extra room translated into a loss of performance, relatively speaking. The fit is luxurious and lovely, testers said, with great ergonomic curves to hug all the natural contours of the foot and leg, but it simply felt outsized when compared with the category benchmarks. Ease of entry and exit, and the closure offered by the stylish and well-designed buckles were all top notch, and testers all liked the simple calf adjustment that can further flare the fit at the boot top. Update: K2 tells us that the Luv 110 LV liner has been re-designed since our boot test to snug-up the fit across the board.

Performance

Testers loved the Luv LV's dreamy, cruisey-stable autopilot—they said it laid down languid, lazy arcs at ultra high speeds and powered through minced mung with unflappable aplomb. Testers preferred the fore-aft stance position with the Velcro spoiler removed but said that the flex feel was super against the shin and progressively-perfect feeling for a 110 target. Testers felt that brute strength and cobra quickness were there, potentially, if the boot were adequately filled with foot, but some of the testers' slippage sapped those score totals here.

Cool Features

For their rather understated, classic exterior appearance, the Luv boots have a lot going on. The light weight Powerlite shell is custom moldable by way of the typical oven-cook-and-wear process, though testers said it would be unnecessary for most and a clear second choice to a custom molding performed on the pre-shaped LuxFit Pro Ultralon liner (which all testers agreed is far superior to K2 liners of the past) which would provide an enhanced fit match without risking excessive roominess from shell-cooking (our tests showed it works, for sure—almost too well). The women's calf adjustable rear part of the boot cuff is a slick design and easy to adjust, and the dual lateral cuff adjustment mechanisms are solid, though a little tricky for first-timers to sort out, and this year they are anchored internally with traditional, toothed T-nuts (bootfitters in the K2-know appreciate this). The grippy soles are both replaceable and cantable.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Luv 100 LV, $650; Luv 80 LV, $500
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
4.00
Shell/Cuff/Tongue 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
3.75
Dynamic Balance 
4.25
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.00
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
4.00
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.00

Kudos

  • “I really like the buckle ergonomics and the turquoise accents, like at the base of the boot. Removing the spoiler helped the stance and flex feel for me.” -- Megen Johnson
  • “Great, minimalist boot—no janky sh#t.” -- Melodie Buell
  • “The Luv LV has a large toebox but a good, tight heel. It skied surprisingly well. Super easy to turn—killer cruiser with a good amount of control and power. Nice, comfy option for intermediates to experts.” -- Kori Coggin
  • “They've lightened the mass of this boot. Really comfortable and plush initial feel around the foot and leg. This is a cruisey ride—all fine rolling edge to edge. Solid dual cuff alignment features and replaceable and cantable heel and toe plates provide good performance options. ” -- Sam Tischendorf
  • “Roomy, light and comfortable. Ahhhhh. Great for a medium to wide foot.” -- Ashley Teren

Caveats

  • “I think this LV is confused on its last category. A little roomy there, K2—you have moved too far away from your previous narrow's more snug, performance feel.” -- Sam Tischendorf
  • “Not a narrow. A Luv-BOAT!” -- Liz Elling
  • “Not a narrow--I'm swimming. It's like throwing a hot dog down a hallway!” -- Kori Coggin

This boot available at...

Warren, VT
Killington, VT
Westwood, NJ
Ellicottville, NY
Seattle, WA

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