Lange RS 140

Model Year
2016-17
Category
Frontside
Last Width
97mm
Flex Index
140
Price (MSRP)
$900.00USD

The Gist

Shockingly comfortable, world class performer. Almost anybody CAN wear and ski this boot. Its user friendly fit is coupled with easily accessed power that will be fully tapped by only the best technical skiers. The RS 140 elevates wannabes' game and absolutely catapults real skiers' performance with the closure of four buckles. Wanna buy a podium finish? Look no further.

Fit

Sumptuously snug. Forgivingly tight. Lovingly gripping. This isn't your Dad's Lange. Hasn’t been for quite a while. The fit is aggressive at the heel, ankle, and instep; it relaxes toward the forward cabin to ensure toes don’t grow numb or cold. There is a lace-up liner for the Masters racer that wants to look cool by stuffing his laced-up liner foot into the shell in front of his fat, speed-suited cronies. For everybody else, the liner works just fine crammed in the shell sans laces, just like a standard liner.

Don't fret the 140 flex index. Current Lange offerings should be taken with 5- to-10 point grains of salt on the flex index. If you’re a charger get the 140. The number isn't as important as the flex feel. This year's liner changes give the tongue an even more cushioned and wrapped feel. It’s the best, most progressive flex feel in the frontside boot group.

Performance

Pick your marketing lingo—Tiptronic, sport-automatic, point-and-shoot, stupid-proof—this boot practically skis itself. It's not too tough on the shin, offering a firm but progressive flex that’s compatible with dynamic flexing movements. It's not too rigid laterally, enabling a skilled skier to feather the edge on and off with a tactile feel underfoot. It's not demanding in any way shape or form, and yet under full-throttle will drop into a gear you probably won’t be ready for.

This is smooth, useful power that's a joy to be in control of. You won't ever drive a super car for real, but you could own this boot and get a little taste of that track-dominating feel.

Cool Features

The revised liner construction (no, really, this is cool…) has perforated foam over the top of the foot where the cuneiform bones sit, which makes it way, way, way more comfortable. That's also where some nerves and arteries call home, so this liner improvement makes for a warmer, more comfortable foot. The RS 140 and 130 have a cam lock power strap, the softer models a Velcro version. Testers liked the new orange highlights on the buckles and liner.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5, 25.5…30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
RS 130 $850, RS 110 $650

Kudos

  • “The liner warms up and really locks in a great fit.” -- Erik Korman
  • “Lange nailed the fit. Feels great: some toe wiggle, ankles active but held firmly.” -- Greg Coulter
  • “Good firm fit right out of the box—solid support and quick response to pressure.” -- Jeremy Johnston
  • “Still the benchmark for others to chase. ” --
  • “Fantastic skiing boot.” -- Greg Hoffmann
  • “The liner is a crown jewel! It's aggressive but settles in favorably.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “I like the full contact of the tongue on the shin—very progressive flex.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “Incredibly comfy fit for a 97mm last. Best runs of the weekend!” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “If it ain't broke, don't fix it!” -- Jeff "JC" Costales
  • “Revised liner is better and the alignment is perfect—again.” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Bomber! You twitch, ski goes! Super well-connected feel.” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “As good as a boot can get. Best in test!” -- Dallas Goldsmith

Caveats

  • “The old stand-by is starting to feel old and tired.” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “Tongue still too thick over the midfoot—140 is the new 130.” --
  • “Ramp angle is pretty low.” -- Greg Hoffmann

This boot available at...

Ludlow, VT
Seattle, WA
Warren, VT
Sandpoint, ID
Schweitzer, ID
Golden, CO
Taos Ski Valley, NM

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