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.
- Dynafit Certified inserts help the boot maintain consistent performance.
- Mimic Liner is perforated, quick-drying, and washable.
- Memory Fit shell offers complete shell customization.
Update 19/20: The Hawx 130 got an updated paint job, a Memory Fit 3D Platinum Light liner, and upgraded aluminum buckles.
Update 20/21: Atomic adds a Mimic liner to the Atomic Hawx XTD 130, adding some ski performance and about 100 grams.
Update 21/22: This year Atomic widened the Quick Release Cam Strap to 50mm.
|Weight (pair)||3160g [27/27.5]|
||Four + Power Strap|
||Tech, Hybrid, ISO 9523|
||Grilamid Cuff & Shell|
||Mimic Platinum Liner|
||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|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
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.
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.
There a lots of comments here abotu people rocking them inbounds, but is that with tech bindings, or MNC type bindings?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Just a clarifying question - are you saying that basically this boot is only available in full sizes only? As in a 26.0 is the same as a 26.5? No differences at all?
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