Lange RX 130 LV

Model Year
2022-2023
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
97
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$950.00USD

One of the best boots ever made. That's how one veteran tester described the Lange RX 130 LV, and by the looks of this year's scoring a bunch of our other testers might agree. With nearly perfect scores for Edge Power and Quickness categories (an average of 4.94 out of 5.00 after 10 separate tests), the RX 130 LV continues to bank on its performance game but testers also say the RX in its current form is the by far the most comfortable it's ever been. True, it returned to the boot test unchanged from last year, but that only meant that testers had a chance to be impressed all over again by last year's new liner and its anatomically matched and perfectly padded tongue feel against the shin. The proprietary gas-filled foam material in the tongue's construction also generated noticeably snappy rebound energy and an energetic flex feel that complemented the LV's power and stability, which testers said remains top notch.

Next to rating its edging and agility game most highly, testers gave the RX LV's stance set-up a similarly high score, claiming a perfectly balanced stance for boot board ramp angle, upper cuff angle (most like the rear spoiler out) and neutral lateral angles in the lower shell and cuff. For those who need a little stance adjustment, the Allen key style loosen-move-tighten cuff adjustment will most likely suffice, though Cantology shims mate with the boot's sole plates regardless of whether a skier chooses to run the stock GripWalk soles or swap out to the more traditional alpine DIN MaxGrip (aftermarket purchase) soles.

While ease of entry, initial fit, convenience and features scores lagged slightly behind the performance metrics, these did not represent real demerits but rather highlighted that the RX line still prioritizes on-snow performance over fluff features or needless niceties. Testers do say that the boot goes on just fine, is plenty warm and has all the adjustments a skier might need to make it his or her own, but they also suggest that if furry liners and built-in heat systems are requisite features then one will need to look elsewhere.

 

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-31.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
120, 110
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
4.79
Shell/Cuff/Tongue 
polyether/polyether
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.61
Dynamic Balance 
4.83
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.94
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
4.94
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.61
Tech Compatible 
No
CANT SHIM OPTIONS - CANTOLOGY COMPATIBLE

Kudos

  • “Appropriately V-shaped--open in the forefoot and tapered in the heel. Strong initial feel of power and accommodating but snug fit. Balance point was inherently easy to find in these boots. Connection to the ski is authoritative. Stance is engaged. Control of the edges, full length, is strong and lively. The performance heritage shines in these boots. Buckle latches have a lightweight, ergonomic ease of use. ” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Thinks for itself, turns when it wants perfectly. I was literally along for the ride and it was a fun one! No frills, just excellent workmanship that equates to sick performance. ” -- Erik Korman
  • “Skis like a Lange should--solid performance.” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Even tension--feels well connected everywhere, with awesome heel grip. Easy to stay on the middle of the ski. Oodles of power. This boot skis great. ” -- Jim Morris
  • “Will be curious to see how the replacement to the RX compares next year because this is still pretty f'n good. ” -- Mark Elling
  • “It's got a comfy toe box without excess room. The tongue cushion blends perfectly with that sweet Dual Core flex. Its basic last shape feels right on, and the shell seems to move with me. ” -- Scott Blackwell
  • “Fit is awesome, snug, warm, form fitting. A boot worthy of any expert skier. Lange consistency shines throughout their line of boots. ” -- Jack Rafferty
  • “One of the best boots ever made.” -- Jim Schaffner

Caveats

  • “Toes got a little cool--but this boot has a snug instep. ” -- Jim Morris
  • “I thought it fit bigger than an LV performance boot should. ” -- Stacy Crumpler

This boot available at...

Teton VIllage, WY
Telluride, CO
Plymouth, MI
Valatie, NY
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Chicago, IL
Columbia, SC

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