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Black Diamond Factor Mx 130 Ski Boots 2014

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The all new Black Diamond Factor Mx 130 Ski Boots are stiff and powerful freeride touring boots for skiers that demand a great ski/walk mode coupled with great skiing performance. With a newly designed Mx Direct Connect shell and a more precise 100 mm last, lateral stiffness and direct energy transfer to the ski is increased, while touring range is also increased to 40 degrees. Enjoy the mountain in all its glory, both inbounds and out with the Black Diamond Factor Mx 130 Ski Boots.

Product Details

Fit

100 mm LastTrue-lasted 100 mm V-shaped last with snug butterfly heel cup, and 100% thermoformable for precise customization.

Mx Direct ConnectAll-new Mx Direct Connect technology offers precision steering with an innovative direct power transfer design from the rigid boot board all the way through to the binding interface.

Overlap ConstructionKey to making the Freeride Series boots perform like high performance alpine boots, overlap construction, combined with ski/walk mode, results in a natural and efficiently smooth touring stride.

Flex

130 FlexA very stiff flex for demanding expert skiers

Liner

FMx LinerOffers a performance fit with all-day comfort

Articulated zones for touring comfort and smoother ankle flex

Metalized foil in Strobel base for a reflective thermal barrier

New last and construction with steam taping for maximum toe warmth

100 mm, V-shaped last with performance, out-of-box fit

Plastic liner tongue distributes stiffness for an even, forward flex

Guides for single-lace closure option

2-way stretch toe box

Plastic cuff wrap for 360-degree stiffness

Shell Materials

Triax PRO™ FrameMaximum axial power and our stiffest forward flex for powerful high performance control.

Ski/Walk Mode

Triax PRO Frame Ski/Walk ModeAll-new technology on the Freeride Series boots features an innovative, tall, alpine throat with a unique overlap in the rear of the cuff. Coupled with a new walk mechanism (with a burly pin to lock in ski mode), the new Triax PRO frame has doubled the total range of motion to 40 degrees. These new boots also have an industry-leading range of forward motion in their category, which is important as soon as you hit any incline.

Buckles

Yes Indeed

Power Strap

Yes Indeed

Sole

Shock Absorbing HeelHelps soften impacts from landing and smooth out the bumps from skiing fast in variable snow.

Interchangeable Sole BlocksFor use exclusively with the Freeride Series boots, both Direct Connect Alpine Sole Blocks (Alpine binding compatible) and Direct Connect AT Sole Blocks (AT tour or tech binding compatible) are included with each pair and replacements can be purchased separately.

Specs

  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • Ski Boot Flex: Very Stiff
  • Flex Index: 130
  • Forefoot Width: 100 mm
  • Alpine Touring Mode: Yes
  • Number of Buckles: 4
  • Ski Awards: Powder Magazine Skier's Choice
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Size 26.5 27.5 28.5 29.5
Indiv. Boot Weight (g)   2000    

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Black Diamond Factor Mx 130 Ski Boots 2014
 
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3.0

Improved but still a work in progress.

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Pros

  • Responsive
  • Stiff

Cons

  • Difficult Entry & Exit
  • Lacks Adjustability
  • Not Warm
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Downhill

Comments about Black Diamond Factor Mx 130 Ski Boots 2014:

As a preface, I've skied in both prior generation BD Factors (my first gen was warranted and replaced by BD). I bought these because I heard they toured better and skied better. Now after 20 days, I feel ready to write a review. Skis: K2 Sidestashes, K2 Waybacks, Rossi GS race skis. Weigh #175, size 28 boot.

The good: The fit around the midfoot and heel hold is improved. The boots feel more responsive and precise on the snow. The touring range is greatly improved. The soles are easier to swap out because all of the screws are on the outside, unlike last year's model.

The bad: These boots leak terribly through the overlap. This was an issue with prior gen boots that BD tried to fix with a new black rubber toe dam on the Mx. The problem is that the rubber piece stops between the 1st and 2nd buckles which creates a gap in the overlap even when buckled tight. When you buy these boots make sure you buy a new roll of duct tape too.

While my calves fit fine in prior generations of Factors, I was unable to get the MX tight enough. I drilled out another set of holes to tighten up the buckle ladder. I also cut off ½ an inch of upper cuff material. While not a deal breaker for me, just know that you may need to modify the upper cuff if you have skinny calves.

The stock liner is improved but is still horrible compared to an Intuition. The Boa tightener is gone and there is a rubbery sheet of fabric over the forefoot that is supposed to combat the leakage issue. Unfortunately, a large portion of the liner is open cell foam that soaks up water like a sponge and is not moldable.

The shell weighs the same as last year's Factor. All weight savings is from the liner.

Impression: Factor MX is still a work in progress. Leaky boots are no fun on week-long hut trips. You either need big calves or you will probably need to mod the shell. The stock liner is still horrible. Wait and see if BD nails it with the 4th generation Factor. Until then look elsewhere.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size
  • Width:
  • Feels true to width
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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