The new 2019 Roxa RX 1.0 Carbon is an ultra-minimalist (2 buckles and only 890 grams) backcountry ascending machine well-suited for long approaches, testers said. Its lower cuff height and less padded shin fit took it out of contention for crushing big lines of descent but testers liked its ground feel when cruising less critical terrain.
The RX 1.0 Carbon fits true to its 98 mm width billing, testers agreed, citing evenly spread 2's (out of 5) to indicate that it had a firm grip on every aspect of the foot, though without hot spots, they said. Testers also concurred that the RX 1.0 Carbon fits shorter, lengthwise, than the norm and they suggested that some skiers may want to consider going up a size to gain some toe room for touring comfort. Testers were not huge fans of the cuff fit, which they said is both low and abrupt against the leg.
The lower boot had a nice feel for the snow and transmitted edging movements to the ski well, testers said. The carbon cuff was a strong transmitter of energy to the ski, according to testers, but they said its low and abrupt fit robbed it of some edge power potential in demanding terrain. The easy to manage carbon touring mode release mechanism was a tester favorite, as was the RX 1.0 Carbon's long and unhindered touring range of motion.
The top buckle offers Velcro strap fine-tuning. The Ultralight Tour liner is fully moldable and has one liner pull loop for tugging this little one on. Dynafit tech fittings on board.
“Sharp against the shin and flex will collapse under aggressive moves.” -- Jeff Harper