The Atomic Ultra XTD 130 represents the future of ski boots for those who want to explore all the mountain has to offer. It is a lightweight boot with a large range of movement for backcountry adventures that does not sacrifice power and precision on the piste.

We take a look at how Atomic have struck this fine balance and created one of the of the best all-round and multi-award-winning boots on the market.

Key Features

  • Memory Fit 3D liner
  • Energy Backbone
  • Powerful Binding Interface
  • Free/lock 2.0
  • Frictionless Pivot
  • Progressive Shell
  • Rockered, rubber Walk To Ride (WTR) sole
  • Low Tech Inserts
  • R.O.M : 54
  • Weight: 1420g (half pair, 26.0)

Free/Lock 2.0

atomic hawx ultra xtd 130 energy backbone

Borrowed from their Backland (backcountry specific) range, the Free/Lock 2.0 is a lightweight, powerful and secure ski-to-walk system. A quick pull of the aluminium lever and the boot is free to move around the frictionless pivot (up 54 degrees) – making steep ascents a little more palatable. When locked into place the Free/Lock prevents movement and works in tandem with the Energy Backbone to transfer energy into the bindings.

Progressive Shell | Memory Fit Liner

atomic hawx ultra xtd 130 memory fit liner

The most significant weight saving feature of this boot is the Progressive Shell. This shell is thicker in high stress areas and thinner everywhere else, delivering a saving of nearly 25% in weight. Inside the shell sits a comfortable, breathable, Memory Fit 3D Light liner that can be moulded to your feet.

Skywalk WTR Sole

atomic hawx ultra xtd 130 sole

One example of how versatile this boot is can be seen on towards the bottom of the boot – a Walk To Ride rockered sole and Dynafit Certified Tech Inserts. This allows the boot to be compatible with any WTR alpine binding (for freeride-focused skiers) or if you are more backcountry-oriented you have the option of using the boot with a touring (pin) binding.

Overall Verdict

If you are going to spending your time between resort groomers, slackcountry jaunts and backcountry missions then there are few boots that excel in all these field as well as the Ultra XTD does.

atomic hawx ultra xtd 130

Posted by: Pete F Tagged as: Ski Equipment,Mountain Innovations