Testers were surprised by the R3W 115's long touring range of motion and ergonomic stride enabled by GripWalk soles and its new, hinging external tongue design. They liked the upright stance positioning for easy commuting from stash to stash where it served up comfortable, effortless pow turns. They felt the 115 flex was a little over-stated but liked the travel of flexion and the feel against the shin throughout its range.
Testers appreciated the full-molding capabilities of the Intuition, tongue-style I.R. liner and suggested that it be implemented with additional padding on the skier's midfoot to open up the fit there where they said it's off the rack feel was flat and firm across the top of the foot. The transition just behind the midfoot up through the remaining instep and throat of the boot was opened up in generous fashion, which would suit a thick lower leg or high volume instep nicely.
The flex feel is tunable with a soft-hard flex adjustment which testers liked. Testers were split on the Velcro pulley-style top buckle and power strap combination--proponents pointed to its highly micro-adjustable nature while skeptics called it fiddly and wondered about Velcro lifespan. For an apt tourer that will see primary duty in out-of-bounds, untracked snow, the R3W may be in a class of its own.
“Omg! I thought 3-piece designs were supposed to be easy to get into. ” -- Liz Elling
“I lost connection with the tongue while skiing, too soft. ” -- Sam Tischendorf
“Tight toes, aggressive pressure over the midfoot, but also feels like there is loads of room though the instep at the throat of the boot. Pretty poor anatomical fit. ” -- Emily Poore