With nearly perfect scores for its anatomical fit, quickness and edge power it’s no wonder that the 2019 Lange RX 110 W LV retained its position on the podium in the full gas All-Mountain narrow group at this year’s test. It returns this year unchanged--with the exception of a new, moody, badass look that testers loved. This is a real skier chick’s boot, they said, that greets you with a firm liner feel and just a little bit of a struggle on and off to remind you that you skiing glory must be earned. Some of our more delicate testers slapped its wrist for that and bumped it off its perennial throne.
Testers for the most part loved the liner construction in the RX again this year—almost like a foam-injected liner some said--firmer where it counted (heel and ankles), but softer in areas where some cushioning is nice (at the forefoot and over the top of the instep). They said the liner's rear control zone was almost too tight initially but felt those areas auto-mold with some wear time, and all agreed that the snug fit there was perfect for the category. This was one of the most-snug fits of the group—not race boot tight, but close, and testers loved that. The stance angles are neutral, testers reported, but they note that big calves don't fit well here and drive the leg a bit too forward. Thicker legs may want to opt for the medium-width RX W rather than the narrow-class RX W LV.
Like cornering in a Ferrari, one tester said of the RX 110 W LV—quick and aggressive with no play in the steering column. Another said, Responsive! Does what I want it to do--like a good man. Across the board testers commented on how snappy and reactive the boot felt edge to edge and how firm but elastic the flex feel was. Both of these characteristics can be attributed to the unique Dual Core plastic injection technology found in the RX (and RS) boots. A softer density plastic is sandwiched between higher density plastic throughout the shell wall, which is impressive in execution alone but even more surprising to find that the claims of increased energy and snap are for real!
A monoinjected polyether shell and cuff is a nice feature if there's going to be any bootfitting happening—this construction makes grinds and shell punches a snap for good bootfitters. Pretty basic, functional feature fare here. A single-side cuff adjustment and Max Grip soles are nice to have. GripWalk soles can be purchased as an accessory for use with appropriate GripWalk bindings.
“I love how I ski in them--gave me nice power through my turns. Amazing!” -- Kori Coggin
“Porsche fast--the quickness that you expect from a narrow Lange. Excellent transfer of energy to the entire length of the ski. This Lange will keep you happy, safe, and looking good in all conditions.” -- Ashley Teren
“Great boot for a narrow heel. Narrow toe box, shallow at the pinky toe—essentially narrow in all the places a narrow boot should be. Initial feel is not particularly cushioned but hey, it's a Lange, bitches, and it performs like a race horse! Super responsive and quick like a greyhound. Badass-looking boot for women--my favorite looking Lange in this model, ever.” -- Karey Scholey
“Comfortable and snug and feels like a true LV when compared to the MV. Toe box is open but tapers well toward the rearfoot. A good narrow fit! The boot’s strength really allowed the ski to be edged firmly. Full ski length contact with the carve.” -- Sam Tischendorf