If skiing massive backcountry lines, stomping landings, and etching figure elevens sounds like you, then we encourage you to read on. Following a tradition of excellence, Atomic filled the void in their backcountry boot selection with the show-stopping Hawx Ultra XTD 130. Touting an impressive 54° of smooth cuff articulation and Atomic’s famous Memory Fit 3D Liner, the Hawx is a seriously impressive touring boot. It really starts to strut its stuff after flipping the Free/Lock 2.0 Lever into ski mode. The Energy Backbone and Progressive Shell tech provide a rock-solid platform that will push back no matter how hard you can drive it. With a multitude of binding choices and a powerful 130-flex, the Hawx Ultra XTD 130 is ready to rip anywhere that skis will take you. Best of all, it even fits “problem” feet since the entire boot can be cooked and molded around your hooves. Atomic has officially ticked all the boxes in the Free Touring category with the Hawx Ultra XTD.
Skywalk WTR Sole means a huge binding compatibility range.
Energy Backbone provides laser precision on big skis at high speeds.
Free/Lock 2.0 lever is light, durable, and easily handles ski/walk duties.
Frictionless Pivot is incredibly smooth, durable, and powerful.
Dynafit Certified inserts help the boot maintain consistent performance.
Memory Fit 3D Liner is perforated, quick drying, and washable.
Memory Fit shell offers complete shell customization.
I have been in a Dynafit TLT5 Performance for several seasons and do a mix of BC and cable laps. I hate skiing the TLT5 with the tongue because it loses the progressive flex. I also fold the boot anytime we get good snow. Definitely want to upgrade my situation! I am in a size 26.0 (BSL 287mm) in the TLT5 and it's a perfect fit although i had to add some foam to forefoot area - i have narrow feet. (FWIW I am in a 25.5/ 279 bsl in the Dynafit PDGs for skimo races). If i go with a 25 in the Atomic Hawx XTD is there enough thickness in the shell for a boot fitter to punch/stretch in terms of length? Or would the memory fit cooking of the liner and shell stretch that? Can it stretch for length? I don't think I'll need any punches in terms of width.
Hey John, thanks for reaching out! The Hawx is higher volume than the TLT5 and may not be ideal for someone with a narrower foot. In addition, most touring boots are pretty thin and definitely more difficult to punch for length than an alpine boot. Wish I had more positive news for you in that area!
Hey David! It's a 98mm last, though we have gotten some seriously wide feet into this boot thanks to the Memory Fit plastic and unless your instep is particularly high then it'll probably end up working if you want to put in some time and effort. You can punch it very, very far too. If you're not interested in punching the lateral side of your foot then something like the Scarpa Maestrale RS 2.0 is probably worth checking out as it's a 101mm last and has a lot of liner to work with.
Hi Spindogg, essentially yes. While lots of ski companies make half and full sizes, those boots almost always use the same plastic shell and only differ by liner or insole. Atomic skipped the ruse and only made one size per shell. There is only one boot you can buy that starts with a 26, and it's labeled 26/26.5.