Lange XT3

 

Lightweight boots are less stretchable

There’s no doubt that the boot industry is fixated on pushing the boundary in terms of weight. Lange led the charge in the burgeoning freeride tour market with the original XT boots. As the competition has risen up around them, Lange has felt the pressure to keep honing their craft, and the XT3 is the latest incarnation. 

Compared to the rest of the models flooding the market, Lange’s lightweight hybrid boots have typically erred on the side of downhill performance. But, this year’s model brings some exciting changes that much improve the climbing capabilities of the XT3 and keep Lange’s hybrid line competitive when weighed-up against models like the Hawx Ultra or the Lupo Pro.

The Lange XT3’s increased ease of uphill travel can be largely attributed to its extended range of motion. Longtime proponents of the boot are thrilled by the prospect of no longer needing to justify the pain on the skin track in exchange for freedom going downhill. Their new walk system adds a significant amount of range of motion to the boot, bringing the grand total up to 53 degrees. 

They’ve also made some adjustments to the way the boots ski. Through “Dual Core” construction Lange has essentially sandwiched a malleable lightweight plastic layer between two much stiffer pieces. This unique construction cuts weight, dampens vibrations, and gives the boot a lot of return on the energy you invest into your turns. They’ve also included an upgraded boot board, further reducing weight and adding a little more insulation. With the XT3, Lange continues to make strides towards furthering boot technology. 

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4

Things we like:

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    Increased range of motion tackles the biggest classical criticism of the boot
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    Another great boot if you only want to own one pair of boots
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    One of the stiffest touring boots on the market

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHigh price tag
  • check-markThey weight quite a bit compared to similar boots

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Specs & Features

  • Flex Range: 100-140
  • Last: 97mm, 100mm
  • Mondo: 24-29.5
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Increased range of motion tackles the biggest classical criticism of the boot
  • check-mark
    Another great boot if you only want to own one pair of boots
  • check-mark
    One of the stiffest touring boots on the market

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHigh price tag
  • check-markThey weight quite a bit compared to similar boots

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