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XT 130

Lange

2015

price$850

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.5-31.5

MSRP: $850.00

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Rather than proffer some anomalous mush bucket to accommodate the wide foot/relaxed-fit market, Lange extends proven technology into a higher-volume fit. This boot carries the stance and shape bloodlines of the narrower RS and RX collections. It‘s well balanced underfoot and holds the lower leg in a neutral but strong and functional way. Blaylock: "Great price and value. Handles almost everything."

SX 120

Lange

2015

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price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES24.5-31.5

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MSRP: $650.00

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Lange still ranks as a respected high- performance brand, but lately it‘s been making strides in comfort too. The RX chassis has become a benchmark. This LV (low-volume) model is responsive without being abusively tight, and testers said the forward flex felt softer and longer-traveling than other 130s. That eases the shin fit for off-piste bashing. Crumpler: "Almost too comfy. Like, 'This can‘t be right.‘"

RS 140

Lange

2015

price$850

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX140

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES24.5-3.05

MSRP: $850.00

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Just a half-click stiffer than Lange's award-winning RS 130, the 140 comes with a lace-up liner—the real difference maker (and the hot thing in plug-style race boots). It makes for a truly reactive, painted-on fit and feel. The shell is well sculpted to match anatomical contours, but the plastic is formulated to readily accept race-room shell modifications. Schaffner: "How all boots should be set up."

RX 130 LV

Lange

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES24.5-31.5

MSRP: $800.00

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Lange still ranks as a respected high- performance brand, but lately it‘s been making strides in comfort too. The RX chassis has become a benchmark. This LV (low-volume) model is responsive without being abusively tight, and testers said the forward flex felt softer and longer-traveling than other 130s. That eases the shin fit for off-piste bashing. Crumpler: "Almost too comfy. Like, 'This can‘t be right.‘“

Pinnacle 100

K2

2015

price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX100

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES25.5-30.5

MSRP: $650.00

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The 100-flex Pinnacle was the only softie to make the cut in a group dominated by 130s and 120s. Testers liked its smooth, long flex and found it plenty strong and solid rearward and laterally. That made for stable, well-balanced skiing anywhere it went. It comes with most of the freeride-class goodies found on the 130 version but no tech-binding fittings.

Pinnacle 130 LV

K2

2015

price$850

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES25.5-30.5

MSRP: $850.00

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Testers pushed it hard and found few flaws. They liked the stock stance, though of the liner. They gave it high marks for the adjustments are versatile and effective. They approved of the new fit and feel quickness and snow feel and ranked it in the top tier for edge power and stability. The hike mode: one of the best. The hybrid Powerbuckle: also slick. Blackwell: “The best-skiing of the walk-mode boots.“

Spyne 130 LV

K2

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES24.5-30.5

MSRP: $800.00

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This sophomore model returns with an improved liner and a cool new look. The liner‘s new toe-box shape and tweaks to the way it mates with the shell open up the fit in all the right places and keep it snug where needed. The power scores were high and the stance-angle setup earned praise. It set skis to trenching and man- aged them well in all terrain. Stewart: “Au- thoritative, capable. Anchorlike stability.“

Spyne 110

K2

2015

price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVEL

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.5-30.5

MSRP: $650.00

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This step-down 110 flex held its own just fine against more muscular boots. Itâ

Venture 130

Head

2015

price$750

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

MSRP: $750.00

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Here‘s a strong, balanced all-mountain machine built to hammer the off-piste. Tes- ters liked its damp, dependable demeanor and bombproof stability at speed. A well- padded shin fit and cushioned boot board suck up flat landings. It fits snugger than it looks, but testers said it skis with all-day comfort, making efficient use of energy. Its walk mode is best utilized standing in a bar. Kole: “A fun, responsive boot.“

Adapt Edge 110

Head

2015

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price$600

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110/100

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

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MSRP: $600.00

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We allowed each brand one bonus entry, provided it was a softer, less expensive model. Head‘s was the only softie to medal against the big boys. It topped the cat- egory for best entry and exit. It fits wide, with massive room around the foot and an open-for-business cuff. Its 110 flex index may be a little puffed up, but testers said it didn‘t fold. Mark Elling: “A slipper/shred- der. Soft flex, but it puts ‘em on edge.“

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