Lange always said they’d never build a bucket of a boot, and while testers said the LX 130 was the second widest fitting boot of the group last year, they also proved Lange right. Coupled with the comment that it fit like a warehouse one tester made clear that he had no problem controlling the ski. Testers said things like huge width but with definition, and assured us that the classic Lange fit, stance and performance heritage lives on here—just in outsized proportions! The comfiest Lange we’ve ever tested, and one of the very best performance wide rides we've found.
Testers gave the LX lots of 4's and 5's in their fit scoring for its toebox, forefoot, instep & calf--that's a homerun fit map for the typical high volume foot and leg. Testers loved that each of those key fit zones addressed the target customer, while keeping the ankle and heel just slightly more snug to maintain a connection between skier and ski. Entry and exit is at its best here, as testers said it was the easiest on of any Lange they've tested in recent years. Straightforward four-buckle overlap construction pleased our easily confused test team--they like simple.
The LX surprised testers with how accurately and strongly it skied through a variety of terrain. Often the widest boots require testers to crank buckles to create stability (and safety!) but testers said they could roll with a lightly buckled set-up and the boot found its own way due to its super dialed stance angles and transmissive polyurethane lower shell. For skilled skiers with thick feet and legs, the LX 130 is one of the very best on snow.
The DIN MaxGrip soles can be replaced with GripWalk soles as an aftermarket purchase. Testers loved the feel of the Dual 3D liner for it's cushioned drape against the foot, coupled with firm and sculpted ankle pockets--an ideal blend of comfort and rearfoot hold, they said. The cuff adjustment is a simple, single-sided job and there's a single liner pull on the tongue along with a 40mm power strap.
“Big feet? This is not a couch. It is, however, a pilot’s chair. The right fit for those who need it. ” -- Eino Holm
“Super wide body fit—roomier than predecessor SX in the right places with better instep and toebox via revised liner. The slightly low cuff isn't bad and offers some room for big calf--great flex feel.” -- Mark Elling
“Despite massive forefoot I have no problem getting ski to engage and stay on point with anything I ask of it. Typical Lange it’s f’ing awesome. Wide category has a few real winners this year and this is one of them.” -- Kevin Gabriel
“This is a high volume boot that doesn’t sacrifice skiing functionality—width with definition and shape.” -- Bob Gleason