The new Scarpa Maestrale RS, in men’s and women’s (L and R), gets more powerful, more range of motion, and lighter weight. PHOTO: Crystal Sagan
The POWDER staff is attending SIA in Denver this week—the snow sports industry’s biggest trade show, where we are getting a first look at the best gear for skiers. For more reviews and first looks at new gear, go here.
The Scarpa Maestrale, first released in the fall of 2010, made waves as the original lightweight and powerful AT boot, and it would eventually become the world’s best-selling alpine touring boot. A lot has changed in the backcountry world since then, as just about every ski boot brand on the planet has sought a piece of the AT pie.
For 2017-18, Scarpa reinvents the Maestrale RS (in men’s and women’s) in a big way. A carbon fiber and grilamid nylon hybrid is placed around the heel and extended up underfoot, increasing stiffness and power but allowing for a smooth, even flex. The 130 flex feels natural and progressive as opposed to the rigid block produced by many other carbon-reinforced boots. The new design also replaces the old pivot tongue that I, frankly, found unpleasant with a new overlap/cabrio design. Scarpa’s new system is easier to get in and out of, while maintaining the same snug fit offered by the Scarpa’s stock Intuition liner, one of the best in the business.
The new boot also provides more range of motion in the cuff, to the tune of 60 degrees. Oh, and they weigh less, tipping the scales at 3 pounds, 2 ounces. Expected retail next fall is $795.