Expert Review: Lange RX 120 LV Ski Boots · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the ski boots, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the ski boots, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2021.
The Lange RX 120 Low Volume ski boots are phenomenal for the advanced to expert skier who wants to turn on a dime control. They become an extension of my legs and respond exactly as I want them to, day in and day out.
About the ski boots I own
- Model: 2022 Lange RX 120 Low Volume (L.V.)
- Size: 26.5
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 155 lbs
- Street shoe size: 9.5
- Experience: 30+ years living life on skis
- When I bought these: October 2021
- Days tested: 100+
- Skis: Nordica Enforcer 110s
- Bindings: Marker Jester 16
- Where I’ve used it: Vail, Colorado
- Terrain: Groomers/Trees/Back Bowls/Powder days.
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was hunting for an aggressive, stiff, responsive, and narrow boot to control my bony/narrow feet. I looked at other Low Volume boots like the Salomon Max and Atomic Hawx Ultra along the way.
Why I chose this gear
I met with my boot fitter, and we discussed some options to work on. After doing some measuring, he immediately said, “No adjustments needed; get in the Lange L.V.” The rest has been history for me. I ski them around 75+ days a year on average, and I ski the Lange L.V. XT series for my touring days. The key to this boot, compared to the Salomon Max, was the arch support provided by the Lange family.
What I love about it
- Accuracy of Claimed Stiffness: Lange holds the RXs as their second stiffest everyday ski boot. With their dual-core, polyurethane construction, they are spot on.
- Accuracy of Claimed Fit: It's precise. The description of the RXs being Low Volume, straightforward, to the point, and without a fancy nickname confirms that they're for the narrower foot.
- Comfort: They are snug, and the boot has a thermo-moldable liner, customizable to my feet.
- Flex: 120 flex index.
- Weight: The boots weigh 4lb 12oz. For a resort/everyday ski boot, I can’t ask for much more: balance of weight and creating a stable feel in the shell, perfect combo!
- Resort: Built for resort skiing, from getting off the chair to the groom, into the woods, and back again. They’re made for it all. The 12-degree fixed angle provides the perfect angle to drive this boot in resort everyday.
- Park: The Lange RXs are a great option in the park with their snug fit and fantastic response.
- Adjustability: They feature a four-buckle system with four teeth and options to move them wider/narrower with a quick Allen wrench adjustment.
- Grip: The toe/heel grips are superb with Vibram and are replaceable.
- Durability: I have skied these boots for 75+ days a year on average for three to four seasons without a problem. Depending on one’s walk to/from the lifts, one might need to replace the Vibram after a year or two.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Ease of use: This is a tough one to put under a pro/con, but I find myself pushing my foot forward into the boot toes and then pushing my heel down hard. I don’t know if that is an issue to some; it isn’t to me. After all, it is a Low Volume boot where I want it to be as firm and snug as possible.
- Backcountry: This isn’t really applicable per se. It’s not a touring boot, and it’s not meant to be. From sidecountry to resort, it's a dream. Going uphill is not its forte as it is a fixed mount 12-degree angle boot shell.
- Hot spots: Depends on one’s feet. As I mentioned, I have bony/narrow feet and a couple of bone spurs, making any boot a little painful/hot spots. One would need to get a professional boot fitter to hammer out any hot spot as this boot’s shell is not heat moldable.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this gear was when I got to a nice-looking cliff ban in an unnamed part of Vail and talked myself through the line I was taking. I reminded myself (talked out loud, most likely) of one thing: My equipment won’t fail me, and my boots will take me exactly where I want them to go.
Value for the money vs. other options
One might find themself spending an extra $100 on this boot compared to a comparable model, such as the previously mentioned Atomic Hawx Ultra, or lined in with the Salomon S/Max series. But, overall, I think Lange’s pricing for their value is heads and shoulders above the rest. They are the top-selling boot in the industry for a reason.
I don't plan on skiing in another boot as long as I live unless Lange does something silly and tries to reinvent the wheel. However, given their history, I don't think they will slip up anytime soon.