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Equipment Review: Roxa Boots

The theatre begins with a coat rack, and alpine skiing begins with ski boots. In my opinion, boots are the most important part of the ammunition: you won’t be able to ride in bad or inappropriate boots regardless of the quality of the skis, clothes, preparedness of the tracks or the weather - bad boots will spoil the whole ride. Roxa is not the most famous, but noteworthy, brand, because recently it has been extremely actively popularized and certainly worth at least a little dive into the product line of this brand.

The model line is not at all great and within the framework of a short review, it is quite possible to walk through all the models. But, in the case of Rocks and its lineup for the 2019-20 season, it is much more interesting not to list and describe specific models and their characteristics, we will talk about this in personal reviews on the series and such information is fully on the official website, and to understand what will appear new and why it is precisely this and that. In this vein, there is something to talk about with greater benefit for understanding the topic of ski boots.

So, initially, Roxa specialized in park shoes made according to the scheme of three elements: bottom, shaft and reinforcing removable tongue. Such a scheme works very well in a park where the shoes do not have to have high longitudinal stiffness, but there is a need to dampen overloads on the shaft with uneven landing. It is the circuit with the language that allows you to well absorb the overload. When loading on the tongue, it first gives a little idle to the deflection for depreciation, and only after that it abuts and transfers the control movement of the leg to the ski. Yes, in skiing such a retardation of pressure transmission to the ski is bad, but in the park on landing it is exactly what you need. The most famous model in Russia made according to this scheme was the universal ski-park boots of the R3 series.

Languages can be interchangeable and in boots made according to this scheme, you can directly change the stiffness on the fly. If you want to be tougher - we put a hard tongue, we want to jump - we put a soft one, we go on a ski tour - we take off our tongue in general and get an excellent range of angle of inclination of the shaft. Convenient and effective. But there are some problems with the effectiveness of skiing in skiing. In the 2019-20 season, Roxa made a whole line of models made according to the three-part scheme, but without TLT and without skiing options such as hooks that hold the clasp in the unfastened state of the clips.

The park-freeride-skit shoes trend is good for everyone except for sales. Like it or not, as it was, it remains to be used for skiing, more than a dozen times. So far, all the efforts to popularize freeride and ski tour have not brought significant results, and therefore you will not be fed up with a ski tour and it’s silly to refuse to produce track-mounted ski boots. It is in this direction that Roxa begins to work in the new season 19-20.

For the track, boots made of two parts are good: the bottom and the boot. Such a scheme works perfectly for transferring force to the ski and gives high efficiency in torsional stiffness of boots. Not just that all the major manufacturers of boots use just such a scheme in rolling boots. Earlier, Roxa had nothing particularly interesting in this direction and this year a whole line of two-piece boots appeared.

Yes, they are all made in one form and differ only in hinged parts, but in the end the assortment turned out to be large and varied. That is, with all the variety of models and series of such a shoe format, it is worthwhile to understand that they differ only in hinged fittings and materials, and in shape all the details are the same. For example, in one series, a walk / ride switch is mounted in the boot, and in the other a stiffener - but the plastic is the same.

Of course, we can say that there are a lot of such shoes on the market and Roxa did not say anything new in this direction, because even reinforcing plastic in places of frequent molding is no longer a novelty, but unless something should be done only if no one doesn't it? Of course not. Roxa started as a park company and made nice park shoes and it was perfect. Then she started making boots for freerads and they also turned out to be good. It is not necessary to stand still and it is necessary to move forward and if there is a demand for rolling track shoes then they must also be made.

Next, you need to test them on tests, which in the realities of Russia and in general Rocks is not at all simple. As practice in boots and skiing has shown, it is not always what you like at the review level, like at the test level. In skating, even very promising models of eminent companies get out jambs and problems. Well, we will search for tests and as soon as possible we will test in full. So far, we can say that all the new products are very pleasant, high-quality and leave a very positive opinion about themselves. You want to buy such shoes.