Backcountry Ski Boots

Take a Sneak Peek at the Svelte 2022 Lange XT3 Tour Ski Boot

Building off the success of the 2021 Gear of the Year XT3, the XT3 Tour promises strong downhill performance at an uphill-friendly weight.

Active Pass members will be able to access the Lange XT3 Tour extended digital review the fall and the entire 2022 Gear Guide in print and online. Sign up today to make sure you get both and to see what you’re already missing.

Building on the success of the 2021 Gear of the Year All-Mountain Adventure XT3 boot, Lange announced this spring that it is going to release a lightweight, backcountry-specific version of the XT3 next season. Built with some of the same performance-enhancing technologies as the OG XT3, the Lange XT3 Tour will also include a number of new backcountry-friendly features including lightweight materials, a specially designed boot board, and a Vibram sole aimed at making big days in the backcountry more comfortable.

Picture of XT3 Tour in use.
The Vibram sole almost looks as good as the boot. Photo: Courtesy of Lange

The key carryover features of the XT3 Tour are the Dual-Core sandwich construction used in key parts of the shell and the Active Power V-Lock walk mode mechanism. The materials used in the Dual Core shell actively compress and expand when in use, which provides a great feel that is unique to Lange ski boots. The Active Power V-Lock in the rear cuff uses a metal-on-metal locking mechanism that eliminates any play when in ski mode. These two features in the original XT3 gave that boot fantastic downhill performance, so it’s easy to expect a similar level of skiability in the XT3 Tour.

The new features that make the new XT3 Tour boot especially backcountry friendly include the incorporation of lightweight Grilamid in parts of the shell and EVA touring liner, both of which help reduce the weight of the boot to a backcountry-friendly sub-1,400 grams. The XT3 Tour also features a specially designed rockered boot board which, when combined with a rockered Vibram sole, makes touring and walking even more comfortable. Add in tech binding capabilities, ISO 9523 touring sole certification, super lightweight buckles, and a 53-degree range of motion, and the Lange XT3 Tour boot is a solid backcountry workhorse.

Related: Gear of the Year 2021 – Lange XT3 Ski Boot

Lange is claiming that the new XT3 Tour will be a 130-flex boot under 1,400 grams, making it one of the stiffest options next year in this weight class. It looks to be a great backcountry-specific option for skiers who love their alpine-specific Lange boots but want something lighter than the XT3 for going beyond the ropes, or people who have the XT3 and want something for very long days in the backcountry.

Look for a full review of the Lange XT3 Tour in the 2022 Gear Guide and an extended digital review this fall. Active Pass members will be able to access both plus loads of other great gear info. Sign up today to see what you’re already missing.

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