Our test team may not have been fighting for Middle Earth, but the Firearrow sure as heck lit it up for them all over the mountain. Exceptionally strong on edge and rigid fore-aft, the F3 W put skiers in a position to blaze any terrain. Many thumbs up for the thick liner feel and total absence of pink. And like the boys, the girls admired the sure closure of the 45-degree middle buckle. Notes: 3-piece shell design with tall medial/lateral flanges on lower cabrio boot for lateral power, 45-degree buckle strap at boot throat maximizes closure in 3-buckle designi, EDT bootboard technology utilizes carbon fiber to beef up stability on edge, adjustable progressive flex allows for two-position stiffness without affecting cuff alignment, polyurethane replaceable soles provide additional hiking grip.