The 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.
“If you like stiff here's your boot—stiffest flex of the entire category!” -- Jim Morris
“You can clearly sense the power that this boot possesses. If you're looking for unbridled power in a very lightweight frame these may be an option.” -- Marc Stewart
“Wow! Upright stance, brick wall strong feel in the front--strongest aft supporting boot of the category, and the boot's lateral stiffness has a strong back, too! For tall skiers who are looking to rear back and fire away--torsionally strong and likes to ski from the top, inside upper cuff.” -- Mike Evans
“Your instep gets bit on the way into the cabrio lower.” -- Jim Morris
“The boot has limited range from a stance and balance perspective. It was quite challenging for me to find home base. The only place to be is excessively pinned to the front of the cuff, trying to stay in the driver's seat.” -- Marc Stewart
“The upright, stiff cuff puts a skier on his heels--not easy to get over the front of the skis.” -- Mike Evans