Four Days In
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've done four tours in the Maestrale RS with a lot of skinning, some boot-packing and about 10k feet of skiing cold powder, stiff hard slab and some semi-supportive wind effected snow.
Fit out-of-the-box is great. My feet have been abused over the years and have lots of funny shapes but I haven't even felt the urge to cook the liners yet.
Skinning and hiking performance is outstanding. The boots are nimble and sure-footed while scrambling about steep mixed rock and snow. They stride effortlessly along a skin track with great range of motion.
The Maestrale RS effectively drives a mid-fat (105 underfoot) ski through variable alpine conditions. I have not yet had an opportunity to try it with a proper fat ski (120-140) or at speed.
I have many, many days in Scarpa Hurricanes, Mobes, Typhoons, etc. and this boot compares very well with it's forebears.