Expert Review: Lange RX 120 LV Ski Boots · 2022

Published on 09/18/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the ski boots, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2021.
Mark Freytag, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Mark Freytag

Photos courtesy of Mark Freytag

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the ski boots, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2021.

My take

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

About me

  • Height: 5’8”
  • Weight: 155 lbs
  • Street shoe size: 9.5
  • Experience: 30+ years living life on skis

Test conditions

  • 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

Claimed Stiffness Accuracy
Heel Hold

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.

Final verdict

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.

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