I was fitted in the Breckenridge Surefoot store for my 2011/12 Surefoot Lange RX 130 boots (100mm last) with the Surefoot X2 liner and Surefoot insole. I thought I would offer a boot review for the RX 130.
I was told that I was the first Professional Ski Instructor in Colorado to get fitted for the X2. I arrived at 10:55am and was out of the shop with new boots, foamed liners and milled footbed by 11:50. Even better I was skiing Loveland Ski Area by 12:40.
Before we go further, it is important to know the best boot is the one which fits you. And the boot manufactures are doing a fine job of innovation. I have skied a number of boots between the 110-130 flex. I have a foot which fit well into Lange, but I have been adaptable.
I have been in the boots for 3 days and have skied hard pack and mushy combo snow, 14″ of powder, and moguls. I will giveaway the punchline… These are the best boots I have ever skied.
Two week update>> I have now had 10 days on the hill with them. They are still perfect. The fit is fantastic. They flex is firm but not rock hard stiff. I have played around with tightening down the buckles and it produces even higher performance and control on very hard snow. This is the best boot I have ever skied, and the 100mm width should fit a greater variety of feet when combined with the custom foam liner. Kudos to Lange, and the boot fitters at Surefoot.
Now for the details:
Me: 43 yrs, 190lbs, 5’11”
PSIA Level 3 certification, PSIA-RM Trainer Accredited
Last Boots – Lange World Cup 120 with Booster Straps
Prior Boots- Nordica Speedmachine 14, Tecnica ICON Alu Comp, Atomic Race (blue), Lange Purple Haze
Skis – Rossignol Strato 80, 175cm
I was choosing between the RX 120 or the RX 130. I was concerned the RX 130 would be too stiff for teaching and slow speed bumps. My previous ’07 Lange WC 120 was a very good boot, but not great. The cuff was about 1/2in higher than the RX, and the last is 97mm instead of 100 (RX).
The RX Pro offers a 97mm last. The tighter last required me to “punch” out the 6th toe and do a variety of grinding to have it fit well. The slightly wider fore foot in the RX allowed me to ski in the boot without any adjustment or grinding.
The height of the cuff on the WC 120 was a little too high, and the flex always seemed less than optimal for me. The boot would feel stiff on the firm snow, but collapse and flex too much in the thicker mush or wind affected powder. The effect on the ski would be too much tip pressure in tricky conditions. In contrast the RX 130 was stiff and didn’t overflex. I was able to ski from the center of the ski. The shorter cuff allowed me to be more accurate and flex progressively and articulate my ankles, knees and hips. The entry of the turn feels effortless, as does edging throughout the turn. The RX 130 allowed me to ski accurately, efficiently, and powerfully.
From my first run I felt at home in these boots.
Lastly, this boot should work well for stronger skiers who have a little extra mass to work them. They are quick and agile, working well in firm snow or powder. Great Lange design and look. Well fitting heal pocket and ample forefoot room. The custom foam liner fills in the gaps beautifully. The slightly wider last is a great improvement for those who feel squeezed previous Lange designs. This is the best boot I have ever skied.