Black Diamond Factor 130 Alpine Boot

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Black Diamond Factor 130 Alpine Boot -

Charge lines, huck jumps, dodge trees, smear powder or rip on groomers with this no-boundaries boot. For those charging hard on all terrain, the Factor 130 will take you there. With a new plastic liner tongue for a smooth, evenly distributed flex, plus an extra-wide power strap, this Factor 130 is stiffer and better fitting than its predecessor.

More powerful and stiffer than the Factor 110, the Factor 130 still has 20 degrees of resistance-free touring motion for ultimate comfort and ease on the ascents. The redesigned Power Fit Liner features a 3:1 Freeride Boa closure system, arogel-insulated strobel base and articulating zones for touring comfort and all-day warmth. The Factor 130 comes equipped with Black Diamond Alpine Sole Blocks and is compatible with AT Sole Blocks with integrated tech inserts, which are sold separately.


  • Alpine Performance Fit and Flex with Touring Versatility
  • Stiff Power Fit liner with Strobel base is thermoformable and also includes a Boa closure system for a precise fit and on-the-go adjustments


  • Triax Pro frame tech features a stiff forward flex for smooth fore/aft power transfer and impressive lateral stiffness


  • Weighs 4kg/9lbs (Size 27)

Weather and Wind:

  • Rubber outsole provides grip in cold conditions for touring versatility


  • 102-Millimeter-last designed to maximize comfort and performance in the toe box while providing plenty of snugness in the heel


  • Extra Wider Power Strap


  • 102mm Last
  • Part of Black Diamond's Freeride Power Series, this boot is designed for aggressive in-bounds performance with the ability to access the backcountry
  • Ski/Hike Lever
  • Includes Black Diamond’s Alpine Sole Blocks for use with alpine DIN-compatible binding systems (AT Sole Blocks sold separately)
  • 130 Flex
Built tough and with a stiff forward flex, the mad scientists at Black Diamond designed the Factor 130 Alpine Touring Boot with hard charging and precision control in mind. Step it into a standard alpine DIN-compatible binding for immediate in-bounds gratification or pick up a set of Black Diamond's AT Sole Blocks (sold separately) to clip into your two-pin tech binder.
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Actual Flex:130
Buckle Count:4
Category:Side Country
Cuff Alignment:Single
Flex:Very Stiff
Flex Adjustment:No
Forefoot Width:102mm
Model #:BD120101BLAK2601
Number of Micro Buckles:4
Prewired For Heat:No
Ski Gear Intended Use:Side Country / Backcountry
Warranty:One Year
Width:Medium (100-103mm)

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Black Diamond Factor 130 Alpine Boot Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I really wanted to love these boots. They ski great; the walk mode is solid; the shells don't get stiff overnight on 2 day climbs... But they are not meant for my feet. I wore these three days, once at a resort, once to climb mt adams and once to climb mt hood. On each day they removed a significant amount of skin from the inside of my ankles and caused so much outer toe pain that I limped for a day after each use. I even tried other liners to no avail. Alas, I'm going to return them and try something from dynafit...
A word of caution: If you have caveman like wide feet and thick calf muscles (I'm 5'10" 185lbs, soccer player type) these are more of a meat grinder than a ski boot.
Side note, being forced to choose a rating. 4 stars as these are good boots that I anatomically disagree with.

tomp76821 at on 07/16/2013

Absolutely amazing boot. As for AT use I do not have experience, I bought these boots in anticipation of getting a pari of dukes/other burley AT binding for my skies but it hasn't happened yet... But I can attest to their use with DIN bindings. They are absolutely solid, and I rip them at least 3-6 days a week during the winters an well as riding them a bit on watered grass in the summer. I changed from a Nordica Doberman Pro race boot over to the Factor 130s and was beyond impressed with their performance on groomed trails. I would suggest this to anybody who is looking for something to rip anything from groomers to powder and anything else you can find within lift access. They hold up under any condition (after 3 years) and are still running strong. I can hopefully attest to their AT capabilities after this year...

nolp787107 at on 10/17/2013

I just put my 22nd trip in on these boots, so they are gettin close to being broken in. I haven't had a single problem. I love the boa system! For being 130's , they are even pretty dang comfortable.
I do a ton of sidecountry hiking up bootpacks and along ridges. Put these bad chickens in hike mode, loosen up your buckles and you can move pretty dang quick! Heck, if you're in hike mode, these things arent even too bad to drive in!
Long story short, I love these boots! Super good product from a great company. Thanks Black Diamond!!!!

Tate Murdock at on 02/14/2013

Theese boots skied great over a 120+ day season for me this year. although with this low snow year in the east I only toured once. The boots were responsive stiff and I love the boa. Now the the bad: the pin that holds the base of the ski walk mode in place blew out on both of the boots once. Is this a dealbreaker? no this pin is cheap and if you have your feet under you will you fall? probably not still frustrating though.

jos5535891 at on 04/11/2012

I agree with previous reviews that these arent the most durable boots. Luckily, I have had only minor issues with mine and BD Customer Service quickly resolved the issue.

Brandon Smith at on 05/23/2013

My husband is really happy with these. I wish my Swifts had an extra buckle to keep my heel down like these do.

Janet Kaplar at on 03/29/2013

Negative Reviews:

I'm a 6' 190lbs, 280mm boots - medium to aggressive skiier. I change between the Salomon Shogun 183 and Volkl Kendo 177. I've had a total of 9 days with the factor's in various terrain, trees, deep snow (light and heavy), hardpack and bumps. I use these as my only boot. They are abnormally beat up after what I would call a few days of "light" skiing. The plastic seems cheap and will easily damage. The liner keeps getting pinched by the shell, that plus the boa system makes it a pain in the rear to take on and off. The ski/walk mode busted on both boots. My feet are around medium width, with strong calves and these boots are excruciatingly uncomfortable, so much so that I frequently had to take two hour long breaks to remove the boots. They've been heat molded which did nothing for the fit. My feet still hurt and it's a week later. I was really hoping these boots would do it all but looks more and more like I'll need a two-boot quiver. I want to give these until the end of the season (along with a proper backcountry trek) until I give my final verdict. But so far I'm somewhat disappointed.

Jorgen at on 03/01/2012

I have about 30 days on these boots. At Crystal WA I dropped off a small 10ft cliff into powder and found myself bucking forwards on one side. I looked down after I stopped and sure enough, blown ski walk mode. I was lucky enough that the shop had spare ski/walks and I changed one out. They did not have a second. 3 days later at Silverton, the other broke. I would have bought two spare sets but nobody had them and the problems were supposed to be resolved in the 2nd Gen boot.
The prior 30 days were fantastic. They are a heavy boot with just the right amount of flex lending to a durable touring/slackcountry setup. The comfort is perfect for me. Unfortunately now I cant ski during the best snow week out East due to poor durability. A+ for the comfort + aesthetics and F for durability.

Ryan Gibbs at on 02/28/2012

I experienced a similar situation to ror4238300 below. My factor 130 boots in the second season would not respond to my turnings and the shell would give way (flex) before the turn was engaged.
I mentioned the problem to BD and received no help or confirmation they had a design flaw on the older boots. I was informed from BD that comparing the boots 130 flex to another company say Nordica and the Dobermann Pro 130 was not compare marbles to marbles and BD boot would never be as stiff as the Dobermann. BD informed me their company flex rating is only in comparison to other BD boots.
A recommendation to a cold toe box and flexure is removing the BD liner and using a "Intuition Liner".

Rob Wasserman at on 02/09/2012

i love these boots. they are the best boots i have ever owned to ride in. very responsive and burly. this being said they aren't very well made. my first pair cracked near the toe box. a lot. maybe that was just a bad pair i dunno. the plastic does seem cheap. i wouldnt recommend them as an everything boot. just touring maybe. use everyday will trash these.

zach muller at on 01/29/2012

The boot itself is great - especially if foamfitted with Strolz inner boot - but the AT-sole blocks are TERRIBLE - the heel has such a thin rubber strip that it was worn after only a 1-day tour to Piz Buin - I wrote to Black Diamond for a replacement sole block - and DISSAPPOINTINGLY they never replied!

Richie at on 10/31/2012

I skied these boots for a season and a half (2010/2011 model).
While skiing relatively fast in mellow terrain the front toepiece of the boot completely ripped out and sent me into a small tree. I'm lucky I didn't get killed.
The picture really says it all.....

matp455927 at on 05/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

I have the 10-11 model of the BD Factor and have skied 23 days in them. After day 20 the ski/walk mechanism went out on me even though I only weigh 180 lbs. and don't drop off huge cliffs or hit terrain park jumps. When I say, "went out on me" I mean the pin that keeps the ski/walk mode intact either became loose and fell out or broke and fell out on the slope I was on. Either way, this malfunction resulted in my missing day 6 of my 6 of 8 days in Jackson Hole, Wy. during my vacation. I had it fixed at my local ski shop when I got home and am still using the boot without problem. As angry as I was over this issue I am still reluctant to do anything but keep using this boot because it is the stiffest and lightest boot I have ever used and is perfect for driving my K2 Darksides. So, great boot in terms of weight and stiffness but not real durable and a pain to adjust at times.

Josh Raggon at on 02/18/2012