The XT130 is already a favourite with many freeride skiers who like to explore the whole mountain and ski hard.
Lange have introduced many new features for the 2015-16 season version that have improved its performance and comfort when in hike mode.
The old power V Lock on the hike mode has been replaced with a new metal on metal linkage, making the boots feel much more like a performance model when riding downhill. There's a bigger range of movement too when you walk, up from 13 degrees to 22, which is going to make things easier on a long hike or ski tour.
The new WTR (Walk to Ride) soles have that rockered shape that makes it easier when you're not in the skis, but they fit to a normal binding as the standard requires.
For aggressive skiers who ride the whole mountain, require high performance but feel the need to hike into those more remote back bowls - the new XT130 looks like an interesting choice.