The 2019 Vector RS 110 W returns slimmed down to a 98 mm last (from a 100) and includes the new Liquid Fit injectable liner. Testers loved the "luxury snug" fit nature of this in-between narrow and medium width ski driver. They said it offered the most room for a bigger calf in the narrow class, while gripping the heel and ankle in a comfy performance cage. A vector may be a straight line but testers said this one changes direction on a dime and said its edge power was money.
Testers liked the noticeably firm fit in the heel and ankle, but said ample room remained at the forefoot for warm toes and good balance. They said the cuff fit flares to a wider boot top than commonly found in the narrow category, which is a boon for good skiing women with skinny heels and muscular calves, though our slender legged testers said it caused some fore-aft balance searching. Some testers mentioned the cuff felt slightly lower than average (again, often a bonus for the large of calf).
A good blend of on-snow skills, testers said, mentioning that the Vector RS 110 W could vary radius and edge angle at all speeds and handled a variety of terrain without hesitating. Some testers loved it for its long, stable cruising ability while others praised its speedy lateral transitions turn to turn. All agreed there was plenty of power to the edge on tap, so long as the leg was firmly held in the cuff.
While few testers felt an immediate need to snug up the heel and ankle pocket, the Liquid Fit liner allows the injection of a syrup-like fluid (yellow) into pockets at the ankle and heel area on both the medial and lateral side of the. We tested this liner customization extensively at the boot test this year and testers like the simple and intuitive nature of it—you wear the boot while it's injected and choose when to say, "When!" We found it easy to decide when enough was enough for a better fit in the ankles and heel, but just in case you overdid it, it can be easily removed. We did some long-term testing on the injected liners and found that the material did not sag or ooze out of place over time—pretty cool stuff. The Vector RS 110 W plastic is Form Fit ready, so broad-sword shell expansions are easily done after an oven cook job. The Perfect Fit 3D liner on the Vector RS 110 W can also be cooked for an even better match from foot to liner and from liner to shell interior. Yes, the buckles are Spineflex, and the top two are the double-power lever style for maximum crankage.
“Really comfortable going on. Well shaped around calf and cuff area. Nicely tapered Achilles area. Rounder through forefoot, allowing some tie movement for cold days. Achilles continued to feel secure and great. Nice end feel to flex. Stance is firmly balanced. As always, the Head buckle arm extension on upper cuff buckles makes boot buckling so much easier.” -- Sam Tischendorf
“The upper cuff is a bit soft for a 110 and lower in height than I'd expect for this class. I had to ratchet down the calf to feel like I could confidently lean into it.” -- Megen Johnson
“I love the low volume fit around the foot. I liked the range of motion without the spoiler--felt strong and poised right out of the gate.” -- Megen Johnson
“Roomiest boot of category, but it fits like a comfy teddy bear that wants to rip. On snow its quickness is rapid fire, assault weapon style. Sexy beast—I'm a sucker for the spine buckles--it wins the most aesthetically pleasing award.” -- Ashley Teren
“Snug at the rearfoot and ankle but lacks upper cuff leg support.” -- Liz Elling