The 2019 Roxa R3 130 T.I. takes the classic three-piece shell's flex feel to a newer, more solid level, testers said. Roxa is calls the R3 Next Generation Cabrio, and what testers said means super solid flex feel. The 99 mm BioFit last of the R3 design puts it on the snug side of the medium width group, and the all-Grilamid construction of the lower shell, upper cuff and tongue adds up to a noticeably light feel on the foot.
Painted-on close for a medium width with a particularly snug fit over the midfoot—our lowest volume guys loved it but quite a few of the others were a bit tingly and looking for the heating stacks for a custom Intuition liner molding session. The ankles, heel and lower leg shaft were encased in a well-padded cast, they said. Testers mentioned that the tongue was a bit on the firm side against the shin, at boot top, and the solidly upright cuff didn't budge much.
The test team agreed that the boot's forte was in strong lateral moves where the rigid lower boot and tactile feel underfoot really shined for rolling edge to edge in smooth and tuned-in transitions. Testers said there was a nice fore-aft sweet spot to make these liquid lateral moves from. Testers also agreed that the fore-aft stance started from a slightly too-upright position and offered so little flexing movement that it was hard to do much other than roll laterally from burly arc to burly arc and try to stay in the driver's seat as the speeds increased.
Testers liked the R3 130 T.I.'s uphill action—lightweight, easy to actuate mechanism, friction free travel in both directions (terrific rearward, adequate forward) and tech-compatible with GripWalk soles.
“The very firm initial fit relaxed as the liner warmed up—full molding of the Intuition liner is key. Once you get the boot rolled over far enough there's tons of edge power on tap. Loose and steery lateral moves are its strong suit.” -- Mark Elling
“Fits nice. Doesn't fold over—hell, it doesn't even flex!” -- Kevin Gabriel
“Here's a firm boot that you can feed speed to, get slammed and it won't taco--a very powerful, strong skiing boot that's good in all snow conditions, inbounds or out in the backcountry. It's lightweight without sacrificing the important part--the skiing.” -- Adam Tutskey
“Exceeded my expectations and surprised me how good it was—solid edging and quicker than most. It's one of the easiest boots to slide on and off.” -- Dallas Goldsmith