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387 wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's still early but I managed to get a few days of touring and skiing in these. Fit out of the box was fine for me so I used them that way.

They tour very well with good range of motion. Between the buckles, the power strap and the touring catches the fit on the up has a lot of room for adjustment. The extra weight compared to a Maestrale RS was not significant for about 2000' of climbing.

I love the new powerblock cuff locking mechanism. It's a big improvement over previous Scarpa boots.

On the down I skied powder that gradually transitioned to a semi-supportive sun crust. Moving slow, dinged a rock or two. Even in the sun crust these boots have the strength to drive a 120 underfoot ski. Plenty of stiffness both forward and lateral without being overwhelming. Not quite like a Hurricane Pro but close enough. I felt like the power transfer from boot to ski was smooth and responsive.

Not much detail, I know. I've been waiting a long time for Scarpa to put tech fittings in their top of the line freeride boot. This will be my everyday ride this winter inbounds, bc and at work in the rockies and the chugach.

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387 wrote a review of on November 16, 2012

Four Days In
4 5

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.

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