Rating: / 5
A trimmer sibling to the acclaimed 130 MV (Medium Volume), which debuted last year, the LV bested its older brother by a slim margin in a friendly face-off. It then crushed the competition, tying for best in class. It fits snug like a 98-mm lasted boot should. While the liner and shell design mirrors the curves of the average foot, it’s tight enough that many testers felt their bony bits protest a little bit. Good. That’s how a narrow-class boot should feel. And any discomfort can easily be eliminated. The punchable, grindable Custom Adaptive Shape (CAS) liner and punch-prepped dimple zones of the shell combine to make it especially malleable in the hands of a bootfitter with traditional tools. The unique pock-marks on the shell make stretches more defined and permanent. The exterior of the liner is also built to be heat stretched and ground. Testers who make their livings as bootfitters were again impressed by how easy it was to make space specifically where needed while leaving the rest of the fit alone. More importantly, the Mach1 skis as well or better than any other boot we tested. It has cat-like dynamics, a perfect balance of power, and a flex that instills confidence.