The R3 130 TI is the alpha of Roxa’s new line of freeride touring boots, and it’s a huge improvement over the brand’s previous sloppy, clunky, heavy shots at this category. The R3 130 TI addresses previous shortcomings by tightening the instep fit, using CAD Design technology to reduce unnecessary bulk, and by replacing that heavy-ass plastic with Grilamid. The result is a touring boot with freeride capabilities that cabrio loyalists need to put on their radar.
What really impresses me about the Roxa R3 130 TI is how well it tours given its simplicity. Unlike other cabrio boots in its category, the R3 130 TI’s tongue doesn’t need to be molested to achieve its full range of motion, and its creatively integrated power strap buckle drastically reduces the boot’s overall fiddle-factor. The boot’s middle buckle is positioned at a 45-degree angle, and did a great job keeping my skinny heel in place.
The boot’s slightly modified Intuition liner is as comfortable as they come, which is nice on long days. Heavy resort skiers will find the Roxa R3 130 TI too soft for daily use, but it’s a great option for bicurious midweights like myself.