Skimo Co

Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130 Boot

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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 Mimic 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 Gripwalk 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.
  • Investment Cast Tech Inserts are precisely made.
  • Mimic Liner is heat moldable to accommodate different foot shapes.
  • Memory Fit shell offers complete shell customization.

Update 2019/20: The Hawx 130 got an updated paint job, a Memory Fit 3D Platinum Light liner, and upgraded aluminum buckles.

Update 2020/21: Atomic adds a Mimic liner to the Atomic Hawx XTD 130, adding some ski performance and about 100 grams.

Update 2021/22: This year Atomic widened the Quick Release Cam Strap to 50mm.

Update 2022/23: Atomic updated the color scheme and is also doing lower profile cuffs for the 22.5 and 23.5 sizes.

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1580g [27/27.5]
Weight (pair) 3160g [27/27.5]
Buckles   Four + Power Strap
Boot Sole Length   292mm [25/25.5]
302mm [26/26.5]
312mm [27/27.5]
322mm [28/28.5]
332mm [29/29.5]
Binding Compatibility   Tech, Hybrid, ISO 9523
Cuff Rotation   54°
Forward Lean(s)   15°, 17°
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Grilamid Cuff & Shell
Liner   Mimic Platinum Liner
Sole   Skywalk GripWalk Sole (ISO 23223)
Skimo Co Says
Usage Free touring, touring, getting sendy
Notes Memory Fit Shell and Mimic Liner offer amazing custom molding capabilities
Bottom Line Impressive freedom of movement to power ratio
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Questions & Reviews

Question from andrew
does this boot use the same mold as the non touring/resort version of the boot? i have them in 25.5 and they fit great and am considering getting these
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Andrew,

They do not use the same mold as the resort versions of the Hawx. However, depending on which version of the Hawx you have, you may find a fairly similar fit in this boot. The best way to confirm that you'd be a good fit would be to use our online boot fitter!
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Question from Alec C
To stiffen this boot up a bit - what’s a stiff intuition liner I could get? What size for a 25/255 boot?

Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Alec, the stock Hawx Ultra liner is pretty stiff and burly already. Possibly the Intuition Tour Wrap Liners could stiffen things up a bit, but I'd be hesitant to say by a lot. Get a real alpine liner if you really want stiffness, but you'd be giving up most of your touring range of motion. The size 25 Intuition is correct for a 25/25.5 boot shell. Definitely go for a heat mold on the Intuitions, both to mold them to your foot and for them to fit nicely in your shells.
Answer from Alec C
What intuition dh liner thickness would best match the stock liner in this boot? The boot fits nicely as is - just feels very soft.
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Alec, the 12mm / Medium Volume Intuitions are close to stock in terms of thickness.
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Question from Benjamin
What liner is recommended for a replacement ? Stock liner is good, looking for lighter weight
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Benjamin, an Intuition Tour Tongue Liner in Low or Medium Volume would be a good lighter weight replacement. The Medium Volume is close to stock in terms of thickness. Note that it's important to heat mold the Intuitions to get a good fit, both for your feet and the liner inside the shell of the boot.
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Eric B (downright abused product)
They ski like an alpine boot in *most* terrain but are light enough to tour on. Great range of motion for what they are.

Very narrow and short fit (compared to most alpine/hybrid boots). But they fit my feet great and are highly customizable.

I swapped out the stock Mimic liner (incredibly heavy) for a lightweight intuition and saved a bunch of weight. I use the mimic for side-country days and the intuition for any time I'm going out for a longer day.
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Question from Michael
I’m on a Freeride team, would these boots charge/be able to jump pretty big cliffs and would they be comparable to a downhill oriented ski boot? I’m looking for a 1 boot quiver and these seemed like a pretty good option.
Answer from Niko M
Hi Michael,
These would make for a great option. Powerful and responsive for the descent, yet still offer the uphill efficiency needed to get wherever your heart (legs) desires. Kia Jones and Chris Benchetler seem to do just fine in them :) Ultimately, fit remains the most important aspect of boot selection. Feel free to fill out our Boot Fitter and we can chat about whether this boot is the right fit for you. Thanks!
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Question from Carson Scott
I recently bought a pair of these boots, and everything, the flex, the actual foot and the calf area are perfect. The only thing that I am having trouble with is when I put the boot on, the top of my heel is pinching the boot liner. Is this something that can be fixed, or should I consider buying a different pair of boots?
Answer from Niko M
Hi Carson,
This is something that can most likely be fixed considering the high degree of flexibility this boot offers in terms of fit with the unique shell construction. Send us an email at and we can get into the details. Thanks!
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Question from Carson Scott
Would these boots be compatible with a salomon shift 13 and a look pivot 15?
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Carson, yes to any Salomon Shift binding. For a Look Pivot, you'll need to use the GripWalk compatible AFD toe plate. Your Pivot may or may not be installed with it.
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Question from Malek Hall
Are both the 21/22 and 22/23 compatible with the 21/22 Marker Griffon 13 ID bindings (ISO 23223 A)?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Malek,

Both the 21/22 and 22/23 Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130 Boots are Grip Walk compatible, which means that they are ISO 23223 compliant. The Marker Griffon 13 ID is compatible with Grip Walk boots, so you should be all set!
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Jackson B (used product a few times)
I have difficult feet and I expect any boot to be extremely painful when I first take it out. I bought these a month-ish ago and was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked with my odd-shaped feet (including a large bone spur that causes a lot of problems).

Although the 4-buckle setup isn't really what I was looking for, I'll still give this boot 5 stars because it's the only one I have found that works out of the box for me.
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Ben (downright abused product)
These boots are amazing if you have low-volume feet/ankles/legs like I do. I have skinny calves and usually have a hard time getting boots tight enough in the legs, but I can get a very secure fit out of the box with the Hawx Ultra XTD.

If you're looking at this page you're probably also looking at the Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro, so here are the differences:
- The Hawx Ultra XTD has a slightly lower-volume fit all around (the Tecnica is pretty low volume though, and the difference could be attributable to the liners, I have not tried on both shells using the same liners to make a direct comparison)
- The shells of both boots are very similar weights, the Hawx are around 30 grams heavier and that is probably attributable to the more robust buckles which are much easier to use than the Tecnica buckles
- The Hawx has a much beefier liner, which is responsible for most of the weight difference. I thought I would immediately chuck the heavy liner for something lighter, but the stiff plastic used in the tongue and upper part of the liner really improves ski performance
- The Hawx has gripwalk soles which make the boot safer to use in resort bindings but makes hiking over rock and ice less secure

I had some Intuition liners that I used to swap out with the stock Mimic liners for longer/faster touring days, but I recently gave away the Intuitions because the Mimics make skiing more fun, worth the extra weight and I have lighter boots for faster/longer tours anyway. I removed the power strap to cut 50g and simplify transitions and I don't miss it, but I only weigh around 150lbs so maybe heavier/chargier skiers would want to leave it on. I don't notice much difference when I use the Mimic liners, which have a very stiff tongue. I also make sure to full unbuckle every buckle before going uphill, which allows good ROM. I am amazed to see people touring around without the buckles fully undone, making uphill much harder than it needs to be.
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Question from Scott
Considering these for my resort / heavy bc boot for next season. Does anyone have any comment on how they fit into standard alpine bindings.

There a lots of comments here abotu people rocking them inbounds, but is that with tech bindings, or MNC type bindings?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Scott. This boot will work with all tech bindings, "MNC" bindings, or any binding that is Gripwalk compatible. For a standard alpine binding that is not Gripwalk compatible, this will not work. Also, this boot will not work with any "WTR" binding. In general, it seems most newer alpine bindings are transitioning to being Gripwalk compatible. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
Answer from Brian H
Scott, these are my daily driver for the last three seasons, mostly with Salomon shifts (but occasionally BD Helio 200 pin bindings too). They are great. My local hill has a few spots where having the ability to skin is a huge benefit. This setup fills that perfectly. And it full on rips groomers and everything in between.
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Julieana (downright abused product)
I've been using this both as my touring boot and my resort boot and I love it. The stiffness is awesome and the fit is great for my foot, which is somewhat square at the forefoot with a slightly tall instep and a very narrow ankle/heel. They upgraded the liner from the 2019 model and the new liner is really warm, comfy, and it does a great job of locking in the foot for a snug feel. It walks really well for a 4 buckle boot, and though I am admittedly a smaller human, the flex profile felt plenty stiff to charge as hard as I possibly can on the downhill. For best uphill performance leave the cuff buckles on the first or second buckle, though sometimes I just pop the buckles in to walk mode from wherever I cranked them down to and it doesn't inhibit the ROM much. One thing to be careful of is--if you take the liners out of the shell--when putting them back in make sure the shell is locked down in ski mode, otherwise you can poke a hole in the back of the liner with the part of the lower shell that protrudes when in walk mode.
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Question from Eric
I've broken the plastic piece on the ankle buckles on these boots after ~20 days of skiing them. Is this a common issue or am I doing something wrong?
Answer from Teddy Young
I can't say I've seen this issue! Is it causing the buckle to function differently than normal? If so, reach out to us at "", and we'll see what the options are!
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Question from Marty
As this is a 'heavier' boot on the spectrum, would it be "too much boot" for a lightweight tech binding, or should it be paired with a burlier binding?
Answer from Julieana
Hey Marty, there are definitely some really hardy lighter-weight tech bindings that would work just fine with that boot! Feel free to fill out our binding finder so we can give you some more in-depth options and advice!
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Justin (used product regularly)
I picked these boots up early this season. My goal was to use them as sort of a 50/50 boot. The resort I ski at, has a lot of good slack country, but you need to skin out of it. So I wanted a boot for both in and out of bounds that toured fairly well.

The first thing I noticed when skiing these inbounds, is the liner of this boot is super flimsy and my feet would get cold. I switched out the liner for an Intuition Tour Wrap liner, that improved downhill performance and warmth substantially. I was able to drive my ON3P Wrenegades 108s no problem in all conditions.

For solely backcountry days, the stock liner actually works quite well and I havent had any issues with my feet getting cold. I also live in the PNW and the weather is not super frigid here. Compering these to Scarpa F1 (my normal touring boot), these ski much better and the uphill performance is pretty similar.

Overall I am happy with this boot, the stock liner could definitely use some improvement. Ill be interested to see how these do on some longer days touring in the PNW spring/summer season.
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Question from Mark P
I bought a pair of Atomic Backland Carbon boots from you about six weeks ago and I am very happy with them for skiing Voile Objectives.
Now I am thinking of buying Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130 to ski my Wailer 112s. Is this a good pairing. Also, I have a high instep. Will thermal molding shell make this boot work for me?
Answer from TSB
Hey Mark! Glad to hear you're psyched on your Backland Carbons! The Hawx Ultra is considerably more boot than the Backlands, though with a reasonably similar last shape and arch height. It will certainly be enough boot for your Wailer 112s and you might even be able to get away with something a bit lighter and faster for those deep powder days (the preferred conditions for bringing out Bob Marley's band). You should be able to get some additional height out of the instep if you go the route of the full thermo-mold, though note that it will decrease the width of the boot to each side of the instep. Feel free to reach out to for a more in-depth conversation!
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Spindogg (used product regularly)
I’m about 2 weeks in on this boot and could not be happier. I've got about 43,000 ft of skinned vert on them and here in Stowe, Vermont we currently have one of the deepest snow packs in the U.S. so I’ve had great snow in the past 2 weeks, make that incredible snow. So keep that in mind with my review.

First skin with this boot I did not like the boot at all on the uphill. My foot felt jacked too forward and heel felt high and my malleolus got hammered. I had the boots memory fit heat molded and has the bootboard ground just a hair on the heel and these things fit like a glove and are super comfortable.

Uphill performance –
I am coming from a Dynafit TLT5 carbon performance. I would put the TLT5 at a 9 out of 10 for uphill performance – (only skimo race boots being better). Using the TLT as reference point -I put the Hawx xtd 130 at a solid 7.5 for uphill performance- they skin really well and are only 400 grams heavier than my TLTs. My 25/25.5s came in around 1400 grams and my TLts are 1000 grams. I keep the upper two buckles completely undone (as well as power strap) for uninhibited range of motion. If Atomic could increase the forward range of motion a little more in this boot it would be an absolute masterpiece. So let’s say it’s an almost masterpiece. I am being pretty critical here because just using the highest riser on my Dynafit speed radical heel alleviates this issue.

Downhill Performance-
When you switch this boot into downhill mode you instantly feel like a badass. I feel like I can just point it and ski anything on these. They are absolutely confidence inspiring. Oh yeah – they ski powder really well. REALLY WELL. I put the TLT5 at a 7.5 for downhill performance and so far I put these at a 9 out 10 for downhill performance. I’ve skied a fair amount of wind affected mank, chunder, crust and sierra cement type snow – this boot can handle it all. The precision is just insane- on the groomer I hit a few times I could really lay into the turn and have a ton of edge grip and super solid input from boot to the ski. The cuff comes up higher than the TLT and just gives you a ton of control and it’s nice and stiff (130 flex index) but it’s a progressive flex unlike the TLT5 which has very little progressiveness to the flex (it’s there but it’s a small amount). On the Atomic I feel like there’s a great deal of progressive flex. I did a lot of research to settle on this boot and the Scarpa Maestrale RS was the only other one I was really considering (weight, how well it skins, how well it goes down). For a 1400 gram boot with a good uphill mode and range of motion that can ski down like a pure alpine boot I give this boot a 9 out of 10 overall score. Improve the uphill range of motion a bit more and you have a 10 out of 10.
Reply from Spindogg
**Mid January 2019, i have been skiing this boot 5-7 days a week. About 80% of the time skinning piste or BC or slackcountry and 20% liftserve. The only issue i have had is they are cold. I got some heated socks and that solved it. The boots kick ass uphill and downhill and are super comfortable. Can do long tours (4-6 hours) and be comfortable.
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Question from Spindogg
Hey crew

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.
Answer from Teddy Young
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!
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Question from David P
What is the last for this boot? I have a wide foot and fit best in a 102mm. If it’s 98, it would be a difficult fit.
Answer from Trace Leches
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.
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Question from Chris
What size is the liner for this boot? Looking for 25.5 liner with boot.
Answer from Nate
Hi Chris, Atomic only makes one liner per shell for this boot, labelled 25/25.5. They do not make a liner that is specifically a 25.5 in size.
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