Product Review: Wed’ze RNS 70 Ski Boots
If you are looking for a new pair of mid level ski boots this season that offer high amounts of technicality at an amazing price, look no further than the brand new Wed’ze RNS 70 ski boots. Having had the pleasure of testing these for a full day last month, I am happy to be able to write this review to tell you exactly why, for the money, I do not think that any other brand on the market provides such a high quality boot, at a cost not too much above what you would pay to hire boots in a ski resort.
What do the RNS 70 Ski Boots offer?
Firstly I am going to start by detailing exactly what these boots offer in terms of technicality and also why they are so good for the skier type they are designed for. The RNS 70 is designed for experienced skiers of an intermediate level who are looking for both comfort and precision whilst on the slopes. Integrating a 70 flex shell, this boot provides enough rigidity for precise power transmission to your skis but also enough give so as to give room for error and also to ensure you are comfortable throughout the day. The 3 buckles and large power strap ensure that the boot is easy to put on, but also provide a firm secure fit around the foot. The buckles are also micro metric allowing you to have millimetre precision when tightening in order to achieve the perfect fit. Being 104mm wide, this boot gives quite a wide fit to the broader footed person, whilst giving a little more comfort to the standard footed person. Both the shell and the liner of the RNS 70 are designed with an innovative Easyfit system incorporating leather on the cuff of the liner for easily sliding feet inside the boots, and also soft plastic by the bottom of the tongue allowing the boot to be opened wider to provide ease when first putting the boots on. Thermally, the RNS 70 includes 4 different layers of foam in the liner to insulate and thus keep the users feet very warm and also very comfortable. On the topic of comfort, underfoot the liner of the boot contains 4 layers of foam again to cushion your feet and provide better all round comfort. The toe box of these boots is also made with neoprene to provide shock absorption and thermal properties. For the money the RNS 70 really is a tough one to beat providing the user with a long list of features and technicalities for only a small price.
How do they perform?
So, on paper the RNS 70 seems like the perfect boot which the manufacturer gives an incredible amount of value for money, but how did they perform when I took them for a day skiing session? Well starting from the fitting, as soon as I put the boots on, my feet were comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that I managed to go 1 full cm down in size from my usual ski boot size which probably suggests that these boots are sized quite big, but also could be because my feet aren’t the widest, and this is quite a wide boot. Once eventually fitted however, these boots were still comfortable providing a good balance between snugness and comfort which is exactly what the user of this boot is looking for, a fine balance of happy feet and precise powerful turns on the slopes. Once skiing, I found these boots to be very responsive and a little stiffer than it says in the spec sheet, thus providing me with smooth and precise turns whilst moving at moderate to high speeds. After a few hours, I had to re-tighten the boots to hold my feet better however this is to be expected when skiing for a long time. Thermally my feet stayed at the optimum temperature throughout the skiing session, and even at one point became a little too hot, but that could be due to the wool socks I was wearing at the time. At the end of the day, I was very happy with how the boots performed with only a little bit of expected foot ache. I wouldn’t recommend these boots to the super intensive Piste skier as they aren’t quite stiff enough, but for the all mountain day skier who wants comfort and performance, these boots provide everything you need and more. So why not pick a pair up for an unbeatable price and take them to the mountains on your adventures this season.
So there it is, a full in depth review of the Wed’ze RNS 70 Ski Boots from a mountain sports enthusiast. For more information and expert advice why not head over to http://www.decathlon.co.uk/ to discover our full winter skiing product ranges and to find many other products that will help you pursue your passions.
(Notes on the author – Joe Broadhead is an avid climber, hiker, skier and snowboarder from our Sheffield Decathlon branch. He currently serves as our UK mountain sports expert product trainer and ensures that each of our mountain sports teams are fully trained to advise our customers professionally with sound expert knowledge. Are you interested in a job that lets you pursue your passion? Why not scoot over to our careers site and discover the many positions available – http://www.decathlon-jobs.co.uk/ )