The Pinnacle 130 LV retained its solid position among the best of the All-Mountain Adventure class. It returns largely unchanged (thankfully) but with a couple of refinements that were well-received by testers. The Syncro Interlock mechanism found on all the Pinnacle models is now a stronger, extruded metal assembly that solves some past breakage problems. Optional, fully rockered, tech-binding compatible soles open up a few more backcountry doors.
The Syncro Interlock cuff release allows for an exceptionally long hike/walk range of motion; among the best in the Alpine-based Adventure class. It increases forward as well as rearward range, but its ski personality was what really won over our testers. "Skis like the best of the fixed cuff Alpine boots," several wrote. It's legit—frontside to backside and all points in between.
It fits well too. Testers found the toebox a little tighter than expected upon initial entry but it shaped to the foot quickly. But this is no slipper; it’s a low-volume affair and it puts a clamp on the foot in an appropriate 97mm way, especially at the navicular and over the top of the foot. But as with the toebox, a bit of seat time had the Intuition liner adapting. A full cook job is the next step but testers all liked the way the liner conformed to their feet within a few runs.
K2's stance angles continue to impress and the shin fit and flex feel of the Pinnacle 130 LV were tops with testers.