Rated 4 out of 5 by Craig Bomber, but snug
If one were to put on a blindfold and put the Factor 130 onto one foot, and a standard alpine boot on the other foot, I doubt you'd be able to state that the 130 was an AT boot - that is, until you put the boot into 'walk' mode. The 130 provides exceptional support where it needs to. The BOA system is excellent. The only reason it didn't receive a fifth star is that it fits quite narrow and comparatively short (I typically ski a 28.0 mondo, purchased a 28.5, and am needing a very thin sock to avoid hot spots or blisters).
October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by hector Sizing is OFF
This boot seems fantastic but sizing is off by one whole number.
I ordered 28.5 -which I regularly use on other brands- and my fingers were cramped.
I returned and ordered 29 and same situation happened, toes were way too tight.
I should have ordered 29.5 from the very beginning (nevertheless by the time I returned the first pare 29.5 was sold out).
Yes I recommend this boot but remember to jump your size by a whole number to avoid returning twice.
May 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adam Do it all
Great all around boot with performance focused on the downhill. The fully replaceable toes/heels are critical since I work on a scree pile of a mountain. They fit a little loose on my skinny ankles and are just right for my slightly wide feet. They aren't the lightest, but the payoff is downhill performance.
April 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cham Best boot I ever used for both downhill and ski touring.
I have used these for 4 years on everything in the Chamonix valley, plus ski touring including the Haute Route.
Best boot I ever wore. Set up the buckle and then just use the cable tensioner for the inner to fine adjust. I wear the boot all day - whether skining up or skiing down - and never have to adjust for comfort.
I heard they will stop using the cable tensioner on the inner boot on the next models 2013-4? I simply cannot believe it given the combination of comfort and precison it delivers.
April 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bart Great boots!
I have owned and skied in these for two years, and they are great. Very comfortable, good fit, and stiff enough to be sensitive and responsive. I will seriously consider buying another pair when the time comes to replace the ones I have. I am an expert level skier, have skied since I was in the first grade, back in the 1960's, and used to work in a ski shop.
March 22, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by robert Small and serious stiff
As a ski patroller I need a boot that is a) comfortable, b) comfortable, and c) well...you get it. I bought these on line, and they were simply too small. I ordered a size 26. I wear a 41 shoe (US 7 1/2 or 8, wide). Out of the box they were just too small, when I finally got them on. They are a seriously stiff boot, probably more appropriate for racing than what we do (sit around, sit around, rip down the hill dragging a toboggan, sit around, etc.....). But they were well made, and, for the right foot and right need, would be a killer boot. I was told by a boot fitter they could probably be made to fit, but I felt they were too stiff for my needs anyway. Be careful...return shipping is expensive.
February 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Robert Fairly wide and high-volume fit
I use these mainly on the hill with the AT sole blocks. The fit was initially snug after thermomolding but packed out quickly such that I needed to add a flat shim board between my custom foot bed and the Boa liner on days when I want a really precise fit. Generally, I keep these buckled loosely while teaching skiing and get a progressive enough response out of the boot when doing demos for the class or client. I plan to replace the stock, non elastic power strap with a Booster Strap on these boots to reduce annoying shin bang common with all boots lacking the elastic power strap feature. The flex seems softer then 130, more like a 115-120, but this number varies from boot maker to boot maker anyway. The walk mechanism is a cinch to operate and gives plenty range of motion for skinning steep skin tracks. AT soles are stout, not mushy, both with AT bindings and Marker Lord SP bindings, and certainly with tech bindings. A good value boot, but not at all light in weight. Best to use with "electric climbing skins", I.e. lift served skiing.
February 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by steve 400 days...... 1st gen
I got the first gen of this boot. I have patrolled in it the whole time. I rarely used any other boot for patrol work. Yes.... I have replaced the soles five times, and yes.... I have replaced every part on it. But the point is that you can. Black Diamond realizes that your going to have to replace parts and maintain equipment if your going to work in it and they make the parts readily available at a appropriate price. I didn't give five stars because calling this a 130 flex boot is extremely generous. Bottom line is that with this boot BD has set a standard of walk modes, replaceable souls, out door professional work boots and replaceable parts. All competitors are following in the wake of this iconic boot.
January 29, 2014