The all new 2018 Lange RX 110 W not only crushed the competition in the All-Mountain medium-width group, it out-scored all the boots in the category regardless of width, tied for highest-scoring women's boot with one other and out-scored all the men's entries, save one. Why did it do so well? We think it's because it's as good as its slender sister RX 110 W LV but with slightly more room where it counts for most skiers, so everybody loved this one.
Testers say the RX 110 W is a benchmark for medium width fit characteristics without giving up on performance goals—meaning Lange hasn't blown-out the toebox and forefoot and fluffed-up the liner just to attract the wannabes. Testers say this top-shelfer fits like a Recaro seat built around the foot—firm and close in the heel and ankles and boot throat, like a custom foam liner a couple testers said. There's just enough room elsewhere to suit the average, medium-volume foot and leg, but without namby-pamby down comforter pandering. This one grabs on and holds ya. You're skiing all day, not mucking around in the lodge!
It's Lange's story this year and it's where this medium really elevated above the rest. The pre-sculpted 3-D liner's exterior matches the interior of the shell in a mirror image, mating the foot and leg to plastic and transmitting every skiing movement to the skis. Testers said the boot knifed through all manner of junk off-piste and drilled hard snow like a power tool. The delivery to the edge was impressive, they said, but easily matched by the boot's snappy energy and feel for the snow underfoot, too. This power and agility combo can be attributed to the RX (and RS) line's Dual Core shell which utilizes a unique production method to sandwich a less-dense plastic within the shell wall itself to create a more energetic, resilient feel—testers gave the nod.
The RX 110 W is about what matters and nothing else—so you get a Velcro power strap, 4 aluminum buckles (2 are easy-open ones on the bottom, nice with gloves on), a single-side cuff adjustment mechanism and replaceable Ultra Grip soles. The option is there to upgrade to WTR (Walk to Ride) soles for 80-bucks (ouch!) if you have appropriate WTR bindings to suit. Oh, and the 3-D liner has Thinsulate in it. Warmth matters.
“Stiff—I'd say this is a true 110 flex.” -- Melodie Buell
“ Flexes like a true 110—great for advanced and expert skiers who don't want bells and whistles. ” -- Megen Johnson
“A solid, aggressive and responsive boot all over the mountain, from quick turns, to crud, to bumps!” -- Patti Zuber
“Hugs all areas of the average foot—and powerful! I could drive the ski, tip to tail!” -- Michael Kendrick Powderly
“You can feel the thought that went into the 3-D liner revision—it's an A+!” -- Danielle Goldsmith-Rahill
“Pitched a bit forward—not ideal for me.” -- Melodie Buell